The first thing I do after getting a new boat is to take the butt seat out and store it in my garage until it’s time to send the whole deal to the next owner a few years later. I guess I might be inclined to pull it out if fishing in open water or on a rough day, but now that I no longer fish tournaments those days are few and far between -- which means that at best a butt seat on the front deck would get in my way and at worst it might knock me into the drink.
As for the fold-down seat that also comes with the boat, that one doesn’t go into storage quite as quickly. I occasionally put it into the rear deck hole when a passenger might want it, but I still tend to remove it when fishing alone, which is much of the time these days.
In short, as a general matter, I am profoundly anti-seat.
In fact, when I’m fishing down a grass line or flipping docks and see someone sitting in a fold-down seat on the front deck, I assume that they’re not serious about the sport, and that they’re likely catching less than me. Sitting in the seat makes me think you have given up…
…unless you are David Fritts.
That’s why I was both interested and entertained to see the picture posted above in the gallery of Bassmaster Marshal photos from the St. Lawrence event. I’m 99.9% sure he was the only Elite pro who sat while he fished, and while his results weren’t great, he’s still competitive while sitting down. Besides, he has more Classic and Forrest Wood Cup trophies than you or I, and he earned ‘em perched on his posterior. In fact, he’s caught more fish on odd numbered Thursdays in June sitting in a chair using a 4.3:1 reel and a Poe’s crankbait than I’ll catch in my life. The truth is that you could put Archie Bunker’s chair or a Barcalounger or your grandma's sectional on the front of his Ranger and he’d still be a cranking legend. Don’t sleep on the chair.