In 1997 professional bass fishing hopeful James Niggemeyer was on what seemed to be his last leg for a while. Tapped out with credit card debt, he knew the final regular season Anglers Choice Lake Shasta pro-am would be his last for a long time. Still he hoped to finish high enough to make the year-end championship.
Like so many of his colleagues, this one event was a pivotal moment in his young career. Make a check and fish the final year-end championship, possibly his last event. Don’t make a check, go home with his tail between his legs and a ton of debt.
Check out the video to see what happened along with a little history of how he came to competitive bass fishing.