DeFoe has checked his livewell several times. Apparently, he has a bass that might die. Sure enough, he digs out the bass and releases it. It was a small one. He knows that he can't win the Classic and take home the trophy if he has to weigh a small dead fish. Bassmaster rules do not allow the anglers to release dead fish. In addition, there is a penalty for dead bass.
I had to stop blogging for a moment to watch DeFoe battle and land a 4-pounder. This one elicits a scream and a fist pump.