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Fishing with Chris
By Chris Wilkerson

Bass fever June is probably the best month of the year for white bass. The white bass is a cross between a stripped bass and a hybrid striped bass. The white bass are sometimes referred to as sand bass as well. The white bass grow up to an average of about 2 and half to 3 and half pounds. They reproduce by the millions every year and have a fast growth rate. White bass also are ravenous at feeding on shad. The best thing about the whites is that they feed almost all the time, which means if you can locate them you can usually catch them. It is a lot of fun from the beginning angler to the seasonal professional angler. Everyone agrees that catching them is a blast. It is also a good experience for children - one that they will never forget! I was hooked on them at an early age of eight years old thanks to a patient and understanding grandfather, I have been fishing every year since then. I hope to pass on the tradition to my children. On to how and where to catch the white bass. The best bait to use it the slab spoon, which is a patented chunk of lead designed to imitate a wounded shad on the bottom. I use Charlie slabs exclusively. The chartreuse color is my favorite with white next on my list. There are other kinds that will also catch them as well. There are two ways to fish this bait. First, is vertically jigged. You do this by dropping the slab directly under the boat till it reaches the bottom and once it is on the bottom you will need to lift it up with your rod tip about 1 foot off the bottom then let it fall back to the bottom. The white bass will normally hit the slab on the fall back to the bottom and will normally hook themselves due to the size of their mouth, so there is no need for a big hook-set. The other technique is to cast the slab out as far as you can. You slowly work the bait back to the boat, slowly bouncing it off the bottom. Once the whites have been located, the vertical method is the most productive, but you must keep the boat on top of the bass. Keep a marker buoy handy so that when you catch one you can through it out to mark the spot. Open water all looks the same without a marker. The most important thing is being able to locate the whites. The easiest places to find them on the lake to catch them are around Dove Island , the submerged 190 road bed and around Pine Island. These places are easy to find with a map and have an abundance of white bass. Also, another great place to catch them will be around isolated humps, ridges, and old dams. These are areas to which you need a quality LCR such as a Garmin 240 fish finder to locate them. You must also spend quite a bit of time driving around looking at the areas. I can drive over the areas and see the large schools of white on tops of the water and with Garmin electronics. The whites also like the sandy bottoms of the lake. It has been a banner year for whites that have been averaging 100 fish per day. Get out and give it a try and I promise that you will be hooked! So always remember before you head out on your next trip to make sure you evaluate the water levels and it's current conditions to plan for a successful trip. For up to the minute water levels and releases. You can visit my website at www.texasproguide.com and click on lake levels. I also run a professional guide service on Lake Livingston and Lake Sam Rayburn. I can meet each and every need from instructional fishing to the tournament level, you can give me call at 936-329-2750. As always, these trip are great ideas for you and you family, and especially the kids.

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