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 until 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 exceeding 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 Bassmaster 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
- 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