2014 Bassmaster BASSfest at Chickamauga Lake Chickamauga Lake - Dayton, TN, Jun 11 - 15, 2014

My hometown: Ott & Jennie DeFoe

Almost 10 years to the date of their wedding, this is what I see through the lens of my camera…

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The DeFoes live in Knoxville, Tenn., but way out on the edge of it on a three-mailbox road. On one side of their house lives Ott’s older brother, Sunny. Open their front door and run across their front yard…

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..and the kids are at Grandma Defoe’s house. You see that 2nd floor room with the curtains drawn?

“That’s my room, db. I was born just a couple months after my parents finished building the house. I grew up in that room.”

But check out the fencing: That’s metal guide rails, painted brown, that came from here…

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…Tennessee Guardrail Inc., which was owned by this guy…

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…obviously one of Ott’s biggest boosters…his dad, Bud.


“When my brother, Sunny, and I were young, we used to go down to dad’s company and hang around but run down the road to….

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…this spot, the upper end of the Fort Loudon Lake.

“It was when I was 7 years old and Sunny was12 years old; we would come down right to this spot and spend all day fishing, skipping rocks, just hanging around…”

And right after I took this shot, Ott just turned around and stood there for several minutes,

watching, I’m sure, in his mind,

a 7 and 12-year-old,

skipping rocks

and dreaming of catching