Nothing can be more frustrating when you get to a piece of water with ample standing timber and you fall into the trap of thinking that each piece of timber will be housing a monster bass.
Don’t get carried away and start pitching every piece off timber, this will result in a lot off wasted angling time, you will have to learn how to dissect in order to locate the high-percentage trees and in doing so you will do a lot off eliminating off useless waters that will not produce any strikes.
You may think that all trees look the same so they should house bass, but in actual fact it is more about the location of a tree and not just the tree. You will have to look at the area that you are in. The trees need to be next to a point that is pushing out, or even a tree that is standing in the old river bed.
One thing is certain, if you want to be hard headed about it, you will be wasting a lot of time without any positive results. “But the whole area looks the same”, you might say. “What do I do now?”
Well I always look for the following two factors.
If you can locate an area close to deep water with some trees close by, then your chances will rise dramatically. Such an area gives the bass the opportunity to feed around the trees and slip away when they are full. Almost always the bass are going to be there for the depth change and not for the timber. The timber is just an added bonus.
Most timber patterns will relate to depth change and that will most certainly hold bass. Spend as much time as possible to study the specific area around your selected tree. Get a feel for it and try to get a mental picture. Know what type of timber is part of the tree. Are there a lot off branches, or are the branches only to the one side of the