Knoxville native reels in win at 2019 Bassmaster Classic

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Knoxville native Ott DeFoe won the 2019 Bassmaster Classic Sunday evening. Over the course of the 3-day tournament, DeFoe caught 15 bass with a combined weight of 49 pounds, 3 ounces.

For a full look at the standings from the tournament, click here.

52 of the world’s best anglers came to East Tennessee to take part in “the Super Bowl of bass fishing.” 2019 was the 49th year for the competition, the first of which to be held in Knoxville.

DeFoe accepted his trophy while standing on stage at Thompson-Boling Arena. An announcer called DeFoe a “hometown hero.”

In an interview with WATE 6 On Your Side Thursday, DeFoe said this was his eight tournament, adding it was “extremely special” to be held in Knoxville.

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