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Tournament Analysis

Published: February 9, 2016

DeFoe Survives, Advances to 2016 Summit Cup

MLF pro Ott DeFoe reaches to boat a bass he caught on a topwater bait in the second period of Survival Round 2. (MLF/Jeff Phillips photo)

By: Dan O’Sullivan,

2016 Summit Select SURVIVAL ROUND 2 Competitors

Keith Poche

Kevin Short

Gerald Swindle

Cliff Pace

Ott DeFoe

Casey Scalon

During Survival Round 1 of the Major League Fishing 2016 Bass Pro Shops Summit Select event at Center Hill Lake outside Cookeville, Tenn., James Watson managed to have the kind of day most bass anglers dream about.

Not only did he win; it was a come-from-behind victory. By taking the lead in the last moments of the second period, and then running away from the field in the third, he raised the standard for anglers in Survival Round 2.

While Round 2 anglers had no ideas what had occurred the previous day on Center Hill Lake, the second group of six anglers battling for the ticket to the 2016 Summit Cup were chasing results from the day before. Even with Watson raising the bar for excitement, the final day anglers didn’t disappoint.

As the final six anglers ventured out on the waters of Center Hill Lake, vying for a spot to the Summit Cup, little did they know another impressive come-from-behind finish was in store.

Similar to Survival Round 1, one angler looked as though they were going to run away with the day. While a few of the competitors managed to keep pace, Kevin Short found a morning pattern with a crankbait and then added a topwater bite to his arsenal. The one-two-punch made for an impressive display.

However, like any other sporting event, especially in Major League Fishing, the fastest starter doesn’t always end up being the winner. Despite Short holding the lead much of the day, Tennessean Ott DeFoe managed to keep up with Short, then made a late switch in tactics to rise to the top.

DeFoe used a bluegill-color wooden topwater prop-bait for much of periods one and two. Later in the day, DeFoe made a move to bridge pilings and began tossing a finesse swimbait on a light jighead. Once he began swimming the lure past the bridge pilings, he found willing-to-bite spotted bass that would send him to the top of the leaderboard.

DeFoe finished the day with 18 bass for a total weight of 30 pounds, 12 ounces and earned the final spot into the 2016 Summit Cup.

Short, in contention to win for most of the day, finished second with 24 pounds, 3 ounces. Casey Scanlon finished third with 19 pounds, 9 ounces, followed by Keith Poche in fourth with 18 pounds, 2 ounces.

Gerald Swindle finished fifth with 8 pounds, 11 ounces, Cliff Pace finished sixth with 3 pounds, 2 ounces.

Click here for complete standings.