Sunday, May 6, 2012

Pike cover info...........

Just borrowed this from a site on line. I was able to spot a fat 32 inch pike terrorizing bait in 3 feet of water using cattails for camo amush. Now most blogs and I do as well post about flies and rods and what not , why not about local pike ambush cover. So read on and enjoy I found this page very interesting!! Tight Lines folks hope your gettin some toothies too!!! Common Cattail Typha latifolia Naturesongs.com Common Cattails are a familiar sight along the shore of any marsh, pond, lake, or river. They can even be found in ditches. Cattails are tall, stiff plants, growing almost ten feet tall. The leaves look like giant blades of grass, about one inch wide. The flower has two parts; a brown cylinder (the female part), and a yellow spike (the male part). Cattails are usually found in a dense stand (many together). Common Cattails have roots that creep, called rhizomes. Rhizomes grow new shoots quickly. This creates the thick stands which are great cover for the many animals which live among them. Red-winged Blackbirds are probably the animal most associated with cattails. The blackbirds are often seen in groups perching on them. They also build their nests on them. Besides Red-winged Blackbirds, waterfowl, such as Mallards and Canada Geese, nest among cattails. Frogs and salamanders will lay their eggs in the water on and between them. Fish will hide or nest among them. Muskrats eat Common Cattails and use them to build their houses. White-tailed Deer, Raccoons, Eastern Cottontails, and Turkey all use cattails as cover. Many species of insects eat and live on them. Common Cattails flower from May to July. In early fall, the brown flower head pops open, letting its fluffy seeds emerge. These seeds are carried by wind or water to new places. Many species of birds use the fluff to line their nests. Save the Prairie Society Relationships in Nature: Animals Using as Food Source Animals Using as Shelter Associations With Other Plants OTHER Muskrat Red-winged Blackbird Yellow Pond Lily Tussock Sedge C Canada Goose Muskrat Common Duckweed Beaver Mu Stagnant Pond Snail Canada Goose Pickerelweed Downy Woodpecker FP Mallard Common Reed Wild Rice EC White-tailed Deer Tussock Sedge Raccoon Green Algae Bullfrog Lizard's Tail Wild Turkey Long-leaf Pondweed Golden Shiner Greater Bladderwort Eastern Painted Turtle Spotted Joe-pye Weed American Dog Tick Marsh Bulrush American Toad Arrow Arum Green Darner Swamp Rose Mallow Freshwater Leech Wild Rice Eastern Newt Northern Water Snake Large Diving Beetle Stagnant Pond Snail Paramecium Green Darner Relationship to Humans: All parts of the cattail plant are edible. American Indians prepared the different parts in many ways. The leaves of Common Cattail are used to weave baskets, chair seats, and mats. People sometimes plant cattails along the shores of water to prevent erosion. The fluffy seeds are used as insulation for pillows and coats. An adhesive (glue) can be made from the stems. The pollen is sometimes used in fireworks. SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION KINGDOM Plant DIVISION Magnoliophyta CLASS Liliopsida ORDER Typhales FAMILY Typhaceae GENUS Typha SPECIES Typha latifolia