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Fished a pond today with a friend and caught a few on swim baits. The pond is about the size of a football field. The corners drop to about 6 feet but the rest of the pond is about 3 feet. The water is crystal clear however the entire bottom has moss like grass about 1 foot. Can bass hide within the very bottom? What I mean is that I coasted a minnow where there was no movement and it almost looked like the bass "shot out" of the moss and took the lure. Then when I put him back in he swam straight under the boat. If the bass "hid" in the moss they are not visible to me. In the summer you can see dozens of bass swimming all over. In the cold now they seem to have disappeared. Was wondering if they are warm and toasty in the mossy stuff.

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I think you answered your own question. If you were not wearing polarized lenses maybe you missed some other structure, however with the depths you mentioned its pretty hard to miss that.

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Lenses were polarized Berkleys. Just always thought of bass as suspending in open water; not hiding in giant grass blades lol. He pulled a Houdini.

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Depending on the lake/forage, bass spend much more time near cover than in open water. Ambush predators.

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Forage is 99% of the pond floor. It went down like I said about 1-2 feet. So if the water appears 2 feet deep it is actually about 3-4 ft counting the forage. I was just surprised that they popped up out if that stuff out if no where. So I guess when the water warms up in match they come out to "enjoy the weather" and feed?

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Bass are pretty stealthy and camouflage well with their surroundings. You should run a swimbait just above the grass or moss line and see what happens.

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Yep. Did that and those bass attacked it. Then the bite stopped after about 30 mins. However, looking back I wonder if a weed less Carolina rig would do well just tossed right into the moss?

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It can probably do well accept if its that snot grass. It will stick to everything and literally hide your bait.

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Yep. It's the snot grass. Lol never heard it called that before. Swim bait like you said worked the best.

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A weedless super fluke will work as well. I'm fishing the exact same conditions right now. When the swimbait bite dies toss that fluke and jerk it around.

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Forage meaning food, not foliage ;)

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Snot grass that can completely cover and hide your bait, sounds like Lyngbya a hybriid filimentous blue/green algae that is so dark it is almost black. Its very thick and summer heat can cause it to rise up on the surface. Hard to fish it unless in the summer time and you can fish CLOSE to it.

You are are probably talking about planktonic algae, its generally very loose and will fall to the bottom once temps drop. Lures can easily pass through it and ive observed bass and other fish hide in and around it.

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like iceman11 mentioned, i would be throwing shallow diving cranks and bringing them across the top of the grass. i would also try a weightless floating worm and pull it across the tops of the grass as well. spinnerbaits too..

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i saw a nice technique in a bassmaster mag for fishing grass. if there are any holes in it, twitch a fluke over it and let it drop into the holes.

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