You Ott to Be in the Bassmaster Classic

Written by Sarah on June 22, 2011

At the rate he’s going now, someday there will be a TV channel that is all Ott, all the time.

Defoe, that is.

He came over to BASS this year and took the league by storm. He’s not quite in KVD’s airy environs yet (who is?), but the Ottmeister made the money seven times, fished through to Sunday twice and ended up 4th overall in the AOY race. He’ll go onto the two-event post-season and then fish the Classic. Nothing’s guaranteed in this sport, but I think that’s one more Classic spot that will be generally unavailable to the remainder of the pool of competitors for years to come – after all, the dude is only 25.

Oh yeah, he also won the rookie of the year award by nearly 200 points. You can argue that he’s not truly a rookie, having fished on the FLW Tour for four years (making the championship each time), but he fits the criteria, so he gets the hardware.

What strikes me as odd, though, is that in four years over there he never finished higher than 18th in their Angler of the Year race – then he comes over to become one of Jerry’s kids and by and large crushes a field of cagey veterans. I’m not going to pretend to know whether it’s harder to do well in BASS or FLW – the competition’s pretty stout in both – but with 20, 30 or even 40 years left to fish, we may just have a new sheriff in town.

The real pressure is on Mr. Mercer to come up with a nickname befitting a rising star of this magnitude.

This blog was written by Facts of Fishing blogger, Pete Robbins.

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