DeFoe runs farther out into the middle of the main lake and fishes a ridge. It's been a long dry spell, but within five minutes he catches a bass that weighs more than 7 pounds. He sets the hook and the bass leaps out of the water. We all gasp at the size of the fish. DeFoe does the kabuki dance while fighting the bass from one side of the boat around his outboard motor to the other side before he gets a grip on it.
DeFoe is pumped. He holds the bass high for the fans.
"That's the kind of bass that'll win the Bassmaster Classic," he shouts.
We've got real excitement going now. DeFoe has a shot.