Wingate is no botanist, but he is on to something important when he makes his observation about the connection between water weeds and spawning bass. Although Wingate, former proprietor of Lake Seminole's famed Lunker Lodge, is talking about emergent pondweed, or peppergrass, his words resonate wherever anglers encounter aquatic vegetation. Bass and other fish aren't herbivores, but they depend on water weeds in other ways. Their prey might feed on the green stuff, or hide in it, or hunt smaller creatures in it. Submergent vegetation helps filter silt out of the water, too, and provides more dissolved oxygen at times when it would otherwise be uncomfortably low for fish.