BassWestUSA - July/August, 2009, Page 23

Story and PhotoS by david a. brown

Pronounced “too-lee”, this durable plant has much to offer a largemouth bass. For starters, natural filtration means clean water wherever tules abound. Moreover, tules provide favorable habit for bass and their forage. Matt Newman, a bass pro from Agoura Hills, Calif. explains: “Tules serve as great cover to ambush prey. Bass can use the irregularities to hide behind or sit within while they wait for food to come to them. Also many of the bass’ food sources live in the tules – from insects to baitfish. “If you really stop and check them out, you will also see a ton of crawdads living in the tules. They will be crawling all around the base of tules as well as up and down the stalks. I have seen as

many as 10 crawdads on one tule before.” Proximity and accessi- bility – tules have these significant logistical points in their favor. The marshy structure is easy to reach – often just a short run from launch sites – and tules won’t keep you bouncing in rough, open water during windy days. Moreover, where you find tules, you often find a lot of tules, so several boats can work the same area with room for all. In a region awash with aquatic vegetation such as hydrilla, milfoil, pond weed and pennywort, Delta Guide Bobby Barrack likes the tules’ perennial nature. “To some extent, they are here 12 months out of a year, whereas the variety of grasses we have

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