I was really impressed with Faircloth in the hour or so that I spent with him this morning. When he first began getting a lot of attention back in 2008, during that Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year race, he was fresh to the media attention being poured on. As a relative quiet Texan, that must not have been easy. However, it's evident the experience has been good for him.
DeFoe has decided to leave this bank and is headed back to some of the extremely shallow water where he caught his first three keepers. The area is sensitive enough that we are going to let him have it. Instead we are headed in to get a gallery up before the weigh in. DeFoe still has some work to do, but he's simply shown no signs of panicking. We expect him to finish his limit.
Elite Anglers get started on Day One on Oneida Lake.
The problem with smallmouth is that they can be so aggressive they are often hard to put in the boat.
Ott DeFoe has been fishing banks on the north side of Oneida for about 90 minutes.
It's important to remember that in this 97-man field, there are 47 Elite Series pros on Oneida Lake without BASSTrakk.
That slow down in the bite we were anticipating has officially kicked in.
DeFoe's move paid off with his fourth keeper. Appears to be another 2-pounder. He still has some work to do. He's snugged up shallow and currently is about 150 yards from Morizo Shimizu. They are on a collision course. We don't know what Shimizu has, but the two are apparently doing the same thing. Shimizu just gave us a sign that he has two in the boat. DeFoe is sticking to his spot. Could get interesting.
Todd Faircloth entered this final tournament on Oneida Lake with something to prove.
It's fitting that as soon as I write that last blog that DeFoe would pick up his trolling motor and take off. We headed up to the lake, again heading extremely shallow and fishing where we've seen few boats travel.