After a slow start at Oneida, Ott DeFoe is suddenly making a run at the AOY title, like many thought he would. BASSTrakk numbers in the last hour showed DeFoe in fifth place, two spots above Chapman. Chapman has since moved back ahead.
But it's important to note that it marked the first time any of Chapman's closest rivals had made-up any ground on him. And it's just one more sign of the daily shake-ups possible at Oneida this week.
DeFoe appeared almost out of the picture when he posted 12-5 Thursday, which left him in 59th place. But it doesn't take much to make a big jump here. On Friday, DeFoe weighed 15-5 and moved up 36 places to finish 23rd.
DeFoe came into this event second in the AOY race, only 13 points behind Chapman. With each place in the standings worth one AOY point, if Chapman makes the Sunday cut to 12, he's won the title. But there's a lot of fishing to do between now and then.
DeFoe and Todd Faircloth, who was third coming in (20 points back), are still very much in this thing.