Fans know Ott DeFoe as a competitor on the Bassmaster
Elite Series. Here is how he got to that point ...
Arthur (Ott) F. DeFoe was born on September 17, 1985 to
Bud and Erieka DeFoe in Knoxville, TN. When he was 9 years he took a trip to
Okeechobee, FL and that’s where his love for bass fishing began.
Ott fished his first tournament that fall with his dad
and they did not catch a fish! From that next spring til fall they fished in
over 50 tournaments. They did not have a lot of success but that did not stop
him from trying. It took over two years of fishing local tournaments before
they ever got their first check. When Ott turned 12 he joined the East
Tennessee Bass Anglers club. It was there that he learned most of the skills he
Jason Nichols, whom he still fishes local team trails
with today, was an important part to Ott’s success. Ott started fishing the BFL
Mountain division when he was 16 and still in high school. At 17, Ott finished
13th in the points in the Choo Choo division. That next year he moved up to the
Stren level and success kept exceding his own expectations. When the FLW Series
started up Ott fished those. He had just turned 21 when he qualified for the
FLW Tour. 2009 and 2010 were solid seasons.
By finishing 5th in the 2010 Bassmaster Southern Opens
Ott qualified to fish the prestigious Basssmaster Elite Series. He became the first
Tennessean in the Elite Series when he accepted the invitation to fish against
the top 100 Bassmaster anglers in November 2010. Ott won the 2011 Bassaster
Rookie of the Year award and then ended the season by winning the Toyota Trucks
All Star Week.
Ott lives in Knoxville, TN with his wife, Jennie, daughter, Abbie and twins Parker and Elizabeth. His family travels to most of the tournaments with him in support. If it weren't for all the support his entire family shows him this would not be possible. While Ott is at home he actively participates at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church and fishes the BAIT trail.
- 2011 Bassmaster Elite series All Star Champion
- 2011 Rookie of the year
- 2014 Bassmaster Northern Open winner
- Major League Fishing Select Angler
- MLF Summit Select winner
- 4 time Bassmaster Classic qualifier