DeFoe leaving Dardanelle with AOY lead

With family in tow, Ott DeFoe stopped by the JM Associates studio in Little Rock for a segment of Bassmaster LIVE after a successful event.

DeFoe finished 15th at Dardanelle and regained the lead in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings. He started the event 32 points behind Jason Christie, who took 72nd, and jumped to the top with 527 points.

First-year Elite Jacob Wheeler stands second with 518 points behind his 20th-place finish this week. Brandon Palaniuk is third with 517 but he can rise or fall as he began Championship Monday in eighth place.

Casey Ashley (510), Mark Davis (507) and Christie (502) are also in the hunt as the AOY race has tightened. There are nine anglers, including Kevin VanDam and Edwin Evers, with 43 points of the lead with three events remaining before the AOY Championship.