James Niggemeyer – Almost His Last Leg

James Niggemeyer. ICAST 2014. Photo Brenda Serrano.

James Niggemeyer. ICAST 2014. Photo Brenda Serrano.

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.