Douglas Lake is home sweet home for DeFoe
DANDRIDGE, Tenn. — Consistency has put Ott DeFoe in position to win his first Bassmaster event on his home waters of Douglas Lake.
“Every big tournament we have had here I have done well but I have yet to win one,” said DeFoe, a Bassmaster Elite Series pro from Knoxville, Tenn. “I have made the Top 12 in every one of them . . . so I want to close the dang deal one time. This lake is very hard to be real consistent on. A couple of those 4 1/2-, 5- or 5 1/2-pound bites are what makes you have a 20- to 21-pound day. So it is hard to be consistent here with all 4-pounders.”
After catching a 19-pound, 3-ounce limit Thursday, DeFoe backed up that catch with a 19-1 bag Friday to take over the lead in the pro division of the Bass Pro Shops Northern Open. “Yesterday I said I was a little frustrated, although I was thankful for what I had. It was exactly the opposite today, I was so blessed,” said Defoe, who moved into the lead with 38-4.