Arthur (Ott) F. DeFoe was born on September 17, 1985 to Bud and Erieka DeFoe in Knoxville, TN. When he was 9 years he took a trip to Okeechobee, FL and that’s where his love for bass fishing began.
I have a deep-rooted passion for fishing that goes back to my early childhood years. I started fishing competitively in Bass Tournaments in 2007. Also in 2007, I co-founded Glacier Lakes Bass Club in Adrian, MI to help teach others about the sport and the club continues today. In addition to fishing, I am a Sr. Application Engineer for PowerSchool Group, LLC, the world’s largest Student Management system, where I work with school districts around the world custom designing and building add-on data management solutions. I have 3 beautiful and talented daughters and one son-in-law. I am an active member of Crossroad’s Community Church. I also regularly donate to and assist our local food pantry, Fish-N-Loaves, as a way to give back to our community.
I have had a strong passion and desire to become a Professional Bass Fishing Angler ever since I was a very young boy. Fishing has always been a big part of my life and my family as I have grown up. Many great relationships have been created either on or off the water throughout my fishing career. I have been competing on the Professional side of the FLW events since 2013.
When I am not fishing, I serve my country fulltime with the Ohio Air National Guard, United States Air Force. I have currently served 21 years and I am still serving.
Boyd Duckett, a former Bassmaster Classic champion and the No. 2 all-time Bass Angler Sportsman Society (BASS) single-season earnings leader, jumped onto the national stage in 2007 and has never stepped off.
Elite Series pro Angler and Host of the hit TV show "One More Cast" with Shaw Grigsby. Angling Hero: "Rick Clunn has always been my hero. He's just an awesome angler. I also respect Denny Brauer because he's so professional and so good at everything he does." Home Lake: Withlacoochee River (FL). Favorite Lake: "It's hard for me to say. Toho is awesome, but I really love fishing for smallmouths in the Northeast." Least Favorite Lake: "There are many lakes I don't care to fish because they're very tough fisheries. Tennessee lakes have always been tough for me." Favorite Technique: Clear-water sight-fishing and finesse fishing, not necessarily for spawning fish.
GTO Fishing is the sister team of Jessica Little-Oakley and Reesha Little-Oakley. “We have always fished and hunted since we were very young,” said Jessica. “We always loved it. Fishing was our favorite and we would fish for anything.” The sisters cut their tournament teeth in the bass arena, but enjoy fishing in general. “We participated in bass tournaments for a few years,” continued Jessica. “Day to day we fish for anything and everything, including musky, crappie, bass and catfish. We bow fish for carp and gar and love to gig frogs. We love it all.”
Houston is one of the most well-known and colorful personalities in the world of fishing. Houston is best known as the host of his outdoors television shows, but his experience in the outdoor industry is much more extensive.
Randy was born September 25, 1973. He has a wife, Robin, and two sons, Laker and Oakley. He loves hanging out with the family and going to church. Randy is a Triton/Mercury guy and has been since the beginning.
Born just west of Birmingham, Alabama, Chris grew up with fishing as a large part of his life. Being the son of a Police Officer, he understands the importance of family time. Fishing is where he and his family found time to be together. In 1995 Chris followed in his father's "footsteps" and began work with the Birmingham Police Department. Chris moved up through the ranks and was a Detective in the Narcotics Division when he moved to follow his dreams of professional bass fishing. He then moved to Guntersville, Alabama in 2003.
Angling Hero: Grandfather - "Papa taught me to fish and to love the sport." Home Lake: Lake Waco (TX) - "It's a sleeper. It's an awesome fishery." Favorite Lake: Falcon Lake - "It has lots of them, and they're big and dumb."
David M. Lefebre was born to Frank and Beverly Lefebre on September 29, 1970. He was raised in Erie, Pennsylvania, a city well known for its outstanding Smallmouth Bass and Steelhead fisheries and within a quick trip to many local inland lakes and streams. As a boy, Dave’s time was focused almost exclusively on fishing and the outdoors. He’d spend countless hours and many weekends exploring the local area wetlands.
His early days in the boat were spent honing his skills in the Bassmasters of Crawford County, a small, but extremely competitive bass club located 40 miles from home. When he started fishing club tournaments in 1991, his talents helped him earn the Club Angler of the Year and a spot on the Pennsylvania State Team as a rookie. Dave would go on to win that event and qualify as the youngest member of the Pennsylvania Eastern Divisional Team that same season. He secured a second place finish in that event on the Potomac River in Washington, DC and would follow that up with several more regional tournament wins, Club AOY’s and PA State Team appearances throughout the next few years.
Dave had accomplished everything he could at the local level and the burning desire to fish the “Big Leagues” was mounting. Unfortunately, the expense of competing at such a level was an obstacle that would take him some time to overcome.
In 2001, Dave finally got the small break he needed to take a crack at the semi-professional tournament scene, one that would eventually lead him into his vision of being a full time professional angler. Three local fishing friends, became Dave’s first sponsors by paying his way into the Bassmaster Southern Open on Pickwick Lake, AL on March 15-17th. In that event Dave would finish in a respectable 18th place out of 319 anglers, but what happened on day one of that event would soon prove to be much more important.
After Lefebre returned home from that first tournament, Dave Stull introduced him to Nick Scigliano, owner of Frontier Construction, a prominent golf course refurbishing company located just east of Pittsburgh, PA. After a meeting, Nick agreed to sponsor Dave for the upcoming 2002 Bassmaster Open and FLW Stren Series tours. In their meeting, Scigliano said that when his wife saw Dave Lefebre’s name listed above Roland Martin’s on Day 1 of that first Bassmaster Open tournament, she said, “You need to sponsor that boy!” Although famous fishing legend, Roland Martin would go on to finish 12th in that event (6 places better than Lefebre) Dave’s hard work, a little help from some friends, and some helpful advice from a persistent wife paid off.
In 2002, Lefebre blazed his own trail into the professional arena. As a first-time qualifier, Dave finished 9th at the 2002 Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League All-American on Louisiana’s Cross Lake. Competing in the EverStart Series Northern Division just 22 days later, he earned his first FLW Outdoors victory. His conquest on the mighty Mississippi was a precursor to the remainder of the season. One month later his second victory was notched in a BFL event on Cayuga Lake in New York. He would haul over 160 pounds of bass to the scales en route to a runner-up ranking in the Northern Stren Division, and a qualification into the coveted FLW Tour in 2003. That same year in the B.A.S.S. Northern Open circuit, Dave rode his wave of success to a Bassmaster Tour qualification and birth into the Super Bowl of Bass Fishing, the 2003 Bassmaster Classic.
As a rookie, Dave split his time in 2003 between both the Bassmaster and FLW Professional Tours. His consistency on the FLW Tour and a Kelloggs Fishing Team offer, however, would later steer him to commit solely to the FLW side of competitive fishing. In 2004, his first season on the Kellogg’s fishing Team, Lefebre would lead his team to its first of two number one team awards. From 2003 to 2008, Dave would qualify for six consecutive Forrest Wood Cup championships.
Dave’s affinity for being a constant contender led him to his first “big time” FLW Tour victory on Old Hickory Lake, Tennessee, in the spring of 2004. That year would be one of particular success for the Erie, Pennsylvania pro. Victory eluded Dave in the narrowest of margins in the 2004 BFL All-American, where he finished a heart-breaking second. In a near-repeat performance of his 2002 EverStart victory, Dave finished in the runner-up position again on the Mississippi River. There was a silver-lining to the cloud of near-misses, however; Top-10 performances were becoming second nature. He added 5th- and 7th-Place FLW Tour finishes at Lake Okeechobee and Logan Martin, respectively.
By just his fourth season as a fulltime professional, Dave had become a tour mainstay. In 2006, he earned Angler of the Year honors on both the upstart FLW Series and Stren Series Northern Division trails. In 2007, he cashed-in on yet another FLW Tour 2nd place finish at Fort Loudoun – Tellico Lakes to the tune of $50,000.
Another one of Dave's headline performance was a second place finish at the 2008 Forest Wood Cup on Lake Murray. With the FLW Tour’s best competing for a top prize of 1 million dollars, Dave bested all but one contestant in the tournament, earning bitter sweet runner up honors…again.
Dave Lefebre has been fishing professionally since 2003 when he fished both the FLW and Bassmaster Tours as a rookie. He managed to qualify for both Tour Championships (The Forrest Wood Cup and the Bassmasters Classic), The BFL All-American, and the Stren Series Championship all in that year. In his short career, Dave is already considered one of the most accomplished anglers on the FLW Tour. He won the FLW Series Angler of the Year award in it’s inaugural year (2006), and also the Stren Series Angler of the Year in that same season. He finished 2nd in the FLW Series AOY race by a single point again in 2009. His second place AOY finishes also include the Stren Northern Division AOY points twice, in 2002 and 2008. In 2014, he once again captured AOY honors in the Northern Rayavac Series (formerly the Stren Series) and in 2015, Dave took the runner up spot in both the BASS Northern Opens and the Northern Rayovac Series.
Dave has won events at every level, The BASS Federation, the BFL, Stren Series, PAA, and FLW Tour. He has qualified for the FLW Tour Championship 11 consecutive times and has 51 FLW Outdoors Top 10′s to his credit in only 195 events. Dave’s highest accomplishment came in October 2009 when he won the Toyota Texas Bass Classic (PAA Championship) on Lake Conroe, TX and pocketed $250,000. In 20012 he took the FLW Tour title on Kentucky Lake, KY and his most recent victory came in 2015 on Smith Lake, AL. His career earnings now top 2.1 million dollars.
Hometown: Union City, PA
Family: Anne (wife), Mitchell and Macy (children)
FAVORITE FISHING…Lake: Presque Isle Bay
Techniques: Skipping jigs, fishing fast
Season: Pre-spawn and Fall
Boat: Ranger Z-21
Motor: Mercury Optimax 250
FAVORITE…Websites: Bassfan.com, Flwoutdoors.com, Steelers.com, DaleJr.com, Godtube
Hobbies: Music, ice fishing, volley ball, football
Food: My Mom’s Lasagna and Anne’s Apple Pie
Music Groups: Mercy Me / 33 Miles / Chris August / Natalie Grant / Phillips, Craig and Dean / Selah
TV Show: Probably Seinfeld and American Idol
Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers
Season: Late Fall
Life Heroes: My Mom and Dad. They never doubted my drive and desire to follow my dream. They always believed in me and taught me to believe in myself, even in the tough times. Also my Grandma and Gramps (Altimus). I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for them. They are the true example of good values.
Angling Hero:There are several, but Rick Clunn tops my list. He took the time to bother with a pestering young kid after a tough tournament day. I’ll never forget that. He inspires me.
When not fishing…I like playing and recording music, playing football in the snow with my son, Mitchell, and just relaxing at home. I can also out-shop my wife.
Personal: My family travels with me most everywhere I go. I thank God every day that he made this possible for us, because I don’t know that I could handle being away from them for weeks at a time. When we’re home we can’t wait to get back on the road, and when we’re on the road we look forward to coming home. So, I guess it’s perfect the way it is. There are many other families that travel too, so Anne, Mitchell, and little Macy have a lot of fun, probably a little too much fun. I can’t explain how awesome it is to come off the water after a tough day to their smiling faces. Thanks Anne for all you do. I love you, Dave
Hometown: Collinsville, Ms
Hobbies: Fishing and Hunting
Favorite Lure: Squarebill
Favorite Technique: Power Fishing
Favorite Lake: Guntersville
Growing up in the small town of Collinsville, Ms , the only things to do was hunt, fish, or play ball. As a kid I remember if I wasn't in school I was doing one of the three. My father owned a Ranger Dealership in my hometown when I was a kid and growing up all I ever wanted to do was be a Professional Fisherman.
In college, I was a student athlete. I played baseball at Delta State University and finished my degree in Business Marketing. After my junior year of college I decided it was time for me to step away from baseball and concentrate on my dream at becoming a professional bass angler. At that time, I transfered to Ole Miss to finish my education and started fishing BFL's and Everstarts. My second year at Ole Miss, I was asked to join the Ole Miss Fishing team where I was able to win the 2011 Southeast BASS Regional on the Alabama River. At that time I realized I had a shot at making my ultimate goal of fishing the Elite Series and FLW tour can come true with lots hard work.
Keith Poche was born and raised in Natchitoches, Louisiana where he grew up fishing for fun as a kid.
Keith started college in Louisiana and transferred to Alabama, where he now resides, to play football for Troy University. He only played one season for Troy University before a shoulder injury sidelined him.
After surgery, he passed his time by fishing. It was then that he realized his love of the sport and was introduced to tournament fishing. He fell in love and after several years of fishing local tournaments, the Bassmaster Weekend Series and Bassmaster Opens, his hard work paid off and he qualified to fish the Bassmaster Elite Series. Since fishing in the Bassmaster Elite Series Keith has had 27 top 50 finishes, 12 top 20 finishes, 5 top 10 finishes and finished 3rd at the Bassmaster Classic.
Though he’s only just finished up his 3rd year fishing the Bassmaster Elite Pro Tour, he’s made quite a name for himself.
Jarad is the owner/founder of Roper Outdoors based out of Forrest City, AR. Roper Outdoors was created to promote and educate people of all ages about fishing and the great outdoors through visual media and other editorial efforts. The motto “Keeping The Great Outdoors Great” came from Jarad’s deep passion for the outdoors.
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