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Fishing in the swamp

Louisiana rookie Logan Latuso believes bass usually travel alone in swamps. He picks them off one at a time. Photo by Seigo Saito

With Spanish moss dangling off an abundance of cypress trees, various types of vegetation and the potential to see turtles, gators and even sharks in some cases, swamps and marshes can be the most beautiful places an angler can fish in the country.

But in these vast backwater areas where everything looks like it could hold quality bass, it can be tricky to find consistent bites. Fortunately, there are several key characteristics that each swamp has that will make it easier to discover a pattern — and once it materializes, it can make for some of your best days on the water.