The key to sweet fishing on standing timber

One of bass fishing’s most perplexing questions — on many North and East Texas lakes, that is - is how do you fish standing timber.

As in how do you go to a lake like Fork or Ray Roberts with gazillions of trees and stumps and somehow differentiate one against another?

For the answer, let me differ to one of the state’s best standing timber anglers.

And that would be James Niggemeyer, the Lake Fork guide and Bassmaster Elite Series pro who hails from Van, Texas.

“I heard it once best said by another professional angler that you have to remove the distraction of all of the visual cover that you see, which is the wood, and just basically fish it structurally,” said Niggemeyer.

“What I mean by that is your points, your creek channels, your humps, your ditches, and your drains that are on a flat or in a pocket.”

Niggemeyer, who currently sits in 13th place at the season opening Elite Series tourney on Georgia’s Lake Seminole, says an angler has to learn that what you can’t see is just as important — or even more so — than what you can see.

“The wood actually becomes kind of a bonus, or a cherry on top,” said the three time tournament winner who also regularly appears on Strike King television shows.

“That actually becomes another drawing point to the area but that usually (it) just sweetens up an already good area.”


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