Bassmaster Elite Series Pro, 2021 Bassmaster Angler of the Year
For as far back as he can remember, Seth spent his childhood nights at a local lake fishing with his dad for bluegill and crappie on a bobber and worm. Growing up in the tiny town of New Market, Minnesota, fishing was an easy pastime and a way to spend time with his pops. That all changed when Seth discovered Bassmasters on TV. He was immediately hooked on anything and everything bass fishing – and announced his intention to go pro at the age of 10. His parents didn’t think much of it at the time – “every kid wants to be an astronaut,” he jokes – but Josh had the bass bug and there was no turning back.
Nearly three decades later, Seth Feider is a Bassmaster Elite Series Pro and 2021 Bassmaster Angler of the Year. He worked his way up the food chain slowly, competing in local tournaments, co-angling with pros to soak up their expertise, and falling more and more in love with bass fishing the longer he spent on the water. It was slow – and sometimes grueling – progress, but he wouldn’t be where he is today without every second of his obsessive attention to mastering his craft.
"When it's all said and done, you can win a million tournaments, but that one's kind of nice. I mean, it solidifies my place in the fishing game for a while... so long as I don't suck for 10 years or something."
~ Seth Feider on winning 2021 Bassmaster AOY
Advice for Aspiring Pro Anglers
You have to be obsessed... you're not going to get good at bass fishing just because you like it. You have to have good instincts and that only comes from time on the water. It takes weeks and months and years to develop your instincts, but every 10 minutes you can add, you’re that much closer to it. Fish as much as you can – every minute on the water makes you better. Time and experience are everything.
The One He Always Remembers...
Right after I got into jig fishing, I was out on a clear lake and saw a giant (to me) 3-pounder just under the surface. I had no idea what I was doing and made a bad but lucky cast, landed the jig right on the bass' head and got to watch it come up and grab it. I was so stoked, I ran down the bank to a bunch of teenagers partying on the beach to ask them to take my picture with one of those old disposable cameras.
Why He Partnered with Outkast Tackle
I got in on the ground floor. I worked at Gander Mountain in high school with the guy who started Outkast. It’s part loyalty but I also like the people and the fact that they don’t cut any corners. I have a hand in the prototypes, get to tune up the jigs, make sure everything’s right and get everything how I want it. I love giving input in the process to make sure the jigs are right and Outkast is exacting in execution.
Favorite Smallmouth Jig: Feider Fly Marabou Jig
From the hand-picked marabou to the lightweight but sharp Gamakatus hook, you can tell Seth had fun designing this hair jig! The Feider Fly Marabu Jig is a fancy, grabby jig that smallmouth bass find simply irresistible.
Favorite Largemouth Jig: Stealth Feider Flipping Jig
Seth fine-tuned this jig to the way he loves to fish: getting shallow, throwing around the docks and flipping through the grass. No matter where he takes it across the country, it gets him the bite he’s looking for!