We had a chance to catch up with Seth Feider before he hit the water for practice leading up to the start of the 2019 Bassmaster Classic. Fresh off winning the Big Bass at last year’s Classic, we wanted to get his perspective on the water, the competition, and how he plans to approach this year’s tournament. Read on for his thoughts, and stay tuned for more leading up to the Classic!
With this being your second Classic appearance how does this go around differ from your first?
SF: I have a different mindset going into this one. The first one you make you’re just happy to be there. This one I am putting all my focus on trying to win.
Do you think smallmouth or largemouth are going to be a bigger factor in winning this tournament?
SF: I think they will both play. The water is kind of muddy, so the deep Smallmouth bite might be a little off, but I think those fish will get up shallow and end up being caught cranking like
Tellico or Fort Loudoun?
SF: I am going to spend most of my practice on Tellico. I came for pre-practice and there was only one area on Fort Loudoun that interested me. On the last day of practice, we have to blast out of where we will take off from in Knoxville during the Classic. I am going to use that day to look at Fort Loudoun. Other than that, I am going to spend the first few days on Tellico.
With other anglers posting on how muddy it looks, do you have any concerns with the water clarity?
SF: I actually drove around the lakes a few days ago looking at it and they both looked pretty good. Loudoun was a little bit dirtier on the main lake, but it hasn’t rained for a while and they drew the lake way down. The backs of the pockets are some of the clearest water on the lakes right now. A lot of those creeks are running crystal clear in the back. I thought it was going to be in way worse condition listening to everybody on the internet.
How do the water levels look?
SF: Right now (the
What are going to be some of the challenges during the tournament?
SF: It got really cold here. It has been in the teens and low 20’s for the last 3 nights. I have been fishing on Watt’s Bar and am barely getting
What types of areas do you think will play during the tournament?
SF: Tellico had some pretty clear water, so I am going to try some deep smallmouth stuff there. I don’t know if it’s going to play or not. If it doesn’t,