(Editors Note: During Day 3 of the 2019 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament at Lake Guntersville, writer/photographer Thomas Allen hopped in the boat with Seth Feider and discussed his improving results and consistency on the Elite Series.)
At the time of this writing, Minnesota pro angler and mustache aficionado Seth Feider is knocking on the door of the Top 10 in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year race. He’s proven to be one of the most consistent anglers on the Elite Series over the past two years, but a more dominant smallmouth stick has yet to emerge.
“I remind myself to not take anything for granted,” Feider said. “On the first day of my Elite Series career at Sabine River (2015), I blanked. Can you imagine? I worked so hard to get there. I finally had my first chance to weigh a fish on the Bassmaster stage and I didn’t catch jack. Sorry mom.”
He managed a small comeback to finish in 73rd place. But things didn’t get much better for a while.
His first two years on the Elites were not easy. He was heavily defeated on many fisheries, but he did manage to earn one Top 12 in 2015 at the St. Lawrence River. That’s no surprise considering his prowess with the angry smalljaws of the great Northland.
At that time, a scraggly mullet and mustache that Joe Dirt would be proud of were not yet in the plans. Perhaps it was his decision to embrace a substantial hairstyle adaptation that served as a jumpstart to his career.
All the while he was learning.