A northern invasion of Alabama


Cory Johnston and Seth Feider at Lake St. Clair at the AOY Championship in 2019.

Will the North rise again?

The 2020 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk, held in the indisputably southern state of Alabama, may present the best chance in recent history for a competitor who lives north of the Mason-Dixon line to claim the winner’s trophy, which would mark the first time that’s happened since Kevin VanDam claimed his third and fourth titles in 2010 and 2011.

The 2020 field will feature three Canadians, plus nine true northerners in the form of Seth Feider (Minnesota), Chad Pipkens (Michigan), Caleb Kuphall (Wisconsin), Bob Downey (Wisconsin), Cam Sterritt (New Hampshire), Paul Mueller (Connecticut), Greg DiPalma (New Jersey), Grae Buck (Pennsylvania) and Jamie Hartman, who currently resides in Arkansas but is most closely associated with New York.