Ask any knowledgeable, experienced angler to name the universally preferred cover of both bass and bass fishermen, and the answer likely will be stumps.
The Bassmaster Classic is a few weeks off, but I've begun tuning up my tackle to get it in tiptop shape.
I have found that bass will most often seek out a lake's hardpan surfaces of clay, sand, gravel, etc. They simply relate more to these firmer types of bottom surfaces.
Our early bass boats were square-ended johnboats weighing a little over 100 pounds. They were ideal for "sandpapering a shore" — the expression we used that meant saturating a shoreline with casts.