Stand­ing Tim­ber

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.

SA Bass - - Basics - >> Hen­drik

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.

Deep wa­ter

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.

Tim­ber pat­terns

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

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