50th Classic: Feider to fish reckless

Earlier in his professional career, when he was still sleeping on couches and talking about his hair as much as about his skills, Seth Feider might’ve just been content to make the Bassmaster Classic. Now, a few years later but worlds apart, he’s qualified for three of them, and “just happy to be here” is no longer part of his repertoire.

Part of that is driven by his two victories in Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championships — in 2016 on Mille Lacs and in 2019 on Lake St. Clair — where he beat small fields of anglers performing at the top of their game. Part of it is that he’s now made enough circuits of the country casting for cash that no type of fishery or changing conditions are going to surprise him. As he heads to Alabama’s Lake Guntersville for the 2020 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk, Feider welcomes the big stage and feels that he’s ready for it.