Without a doubt the favorite spot for a bass to hang out is in the grass. From the time he is half the size of a minnow, vegetation offers the perfect blend of shade, cover, ambush spots, and such goodies as grass shrimp, worms, baitfish and snails.
When the bass gets larger the grass provides a navigation route, protection from boats and sun, and is also a favored habitat of shiners, frogs and snakes.
A fisherman would do well to consider the fishing area as if the vegetation is a part of the
puzzle, but only part. In the absence of any vegetation the bass will concentrate his visits to the areas of cover and structure such as logjams in coves, stump fields, points, creek channel junctions or ditches. Heavy cover near deep water access is almost always going to attract a bass during some part of the year.
It stands to reason then that once the vegetation factor is added in, those favored hangouts of the bass may well just get better than ever. The pockets and breaks in the grass will be
more attractive if they are on a point, in a stump bed, near a creek mouth, or on some other type of cover that would on it's own attract a bass.
The types of vegetation present can determine what the bottom consists of, as certain grasses grow in certain depths, and certain types of soils. The presence of Bonnet Lillies, also known as
These are areas where the sawgrass has fallen over and is providing a shay surface for a bass to hide under.
Bass lurk all in around the reeds. Reeds are in two categories. Sawgrass, which look like cattails, and buggy whips, which are thinner and much less matted. Sawgrass is thicker and often makes a nearly impenetrable wall along the shorelines and islands. Both hold plenty of bass and other creatures.
Methods of fishing will vary a bit from grass type to grass type, but all can be fished with
shiners and also several methods of artificial baits. I generally start out in early morning fishing the edges, and getting into heavier cover as the day goes on. Midday may dictate flipping the heaviest cover you can find, with a return to the edges as dusk approaches.
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