Classic: Feider’s final practice day

Follow along as Seth Feider prepares for his third career Bassmaster Classic.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Follow along as Seth Feider prepares for his third career Bassmaster Classic.
Feider had a few goals going into the final day of practice.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Feider had a few goals going into the final day of practice.
1. Learn something new.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - 1. Learn something new.
2. Stay away from his one good area he already has.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - 2. Stay away from his one good area he already has.
3. Find confidence in a bridge or two just in case that becomes a prevalent bite.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - 3. Find confidence in a bridge or two just in case that becomes a prevalent bite.
4. Check the water color in different regions of the lake to see what changing conditions have altered.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - 4. Check the water color in different regions of the lake to see what changing conditions have altered.
Feider made a couple quit stops to experiment in areas he hadn't fished this week.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Feider made a couple quit stops to experiment in areas he hadn't fished this week.
Eel grass has been one of the biggest fishing structures at Guntersville. It's also been a great water filter as Guntersville has maintained a solid water color even with heavy rains hitting the region.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Eel grass has been one of the biggest fishing structures at Guntersville. It's also been a great water filter as Guntersville has maintained a solid water color even with heavy rains hitting the region.
Feider experimented with open water areas and then got up close and personal with some shallow cover.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Feider experimented with open water areas and then got up close and personal with some shallow cover.
Matted vegetation can hold fish through all water temperatures because it will hold heat and produce oxygen for fish in the area.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Matted vegetation can hold fish through all water temperatures because it will hold heat and produce oxygen for fish in the area.
A young angler fished off a nearby dock for a few minutes.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - A young angler fished off a nearby dock for a few minutes.
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A spinnerbait is always a great spring time lure. This one had a hammered gold willow leaf.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - A spinnerbait is always a great spring time lure. This one had a hammered gold willow leaf.
Feider's famed mustache was out and on display for all to see.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Feider's famed mustache was out and on display for all to see.
Patrick Walters fishes nearby at this spot.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Patrick Walters fishes nearby at this spot.
I have to admit, it's good to see another angler reeling with his left hand since that's my go-to.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - I have to admit, it's good to see another angler reeling with his left hand since that's my go-to.
There were some big trees laid down in the water to fish.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - There were some big trees laid down in the water to fish.
A blue herron heads out.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - A blue herron heads out.
So does Luke Palmer.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - So does Luke Palmer.
Mike Huff fishes down the bank from where Feider stopped.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Mike Huff fishes down the bank from where Feider stopped.
He makes a quick adjustment at the next location.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He makes a quick adjustment at the next location.
Time to pull out another rod to experiment.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Time to pull out another rod to experiment.
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Feider chose to fish some grass.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Feider chose to fish some grass.
There were some isolated matted grass patches.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - There were some isolated matted grass patches.
So Feider flipped around to see if that would work.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - So Feider flipped around to see if that would work.
We head under a bridge to check out another area.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - We head under a bridge to check out another area.
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Here is what some eel grass looks like on a graph while fishing.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Here is what some eel grass looks like on a graph while fishing.
Feider kept a solid number of rods out all day with diverse lures.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Feider kept a solid number of rods out all day with diverse lures.
He rearranged some rods. This was a key bait at the 2019 Bassmaster Classic that Ott DeFoe won. Feider gave it a try for a few minutes.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He rearranged some rods. This was a key bait at the 2019 Bassmaster Classic that Ott DeFoe won. Feider gave it a try for a few minutes.
Plenty of rock around Guntersville to try.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Plenty of rock around Guntersville to try.
He makes a quick switch.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He makes a quick switch.
Feider hooks up with his first bite of the day.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Feider hooks up with his first bite of the day.
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A keeper, but nothing that he believes will win him the Bassmaster Classic.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - A keeper, but nothing that he believes will win him the Bassmaster Classic.
Solid chunk though.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Solid chunk though.
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Another spot and another hook up.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Another spot and another hook up.
This time with a big fish. One that got Feider excited.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - This time with a big fish. One that got Feider excited.
Photo: Ronnie Moore
Photo: Ronnie Moore
A 7-pounder is always welcomed in the boat.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - A 7-pounder is always welcomed in the boat.
This gave Feider some confidence to build off of.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - This gave Feider some confidence to build off of.
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He kept looking for another spot or two that could add to his arsenal.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He kept looking for another spot or two that could add to his arsenal.
He covered some water and put some miles on his BassCat/Mercury combo today.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He covered some water and put some miles on his BassCat/Mercury combo today.
Feider had his Humminbird graphs dialed in to mark any slight grass change or contour he liked.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Feider had his Humminbird graphs dialed in to mark any slight grass change or contour he liked.
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Feider put it on the trailer and made his last practice cast for the 2020 Bassmaster Classic. Feider thinks this Classic will break records and 74 pounds will be the winning weight. 69-11 is the current Classic weight record for the five-fish limit era of tournaments.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Feider put it on the trailer and made his last practice cast for the 2020 Bassmaster Classic. Feider thinks this Classic will break records and 74 pounds will be the winning weight. 69-11 is the current Classic weight record for the five-fish limit era of tournaments.