Hybrid Bass Fishing Tips

Hybrid Bass Fishing Tips
Hybrid bass are also known as hybrid striped bass, wipers, sunshine bass and whiterock bass. These hybrid, hatchery-produced fish is a cross between the striped bass and the white bass and are first introduced to the waters of Missouri in the early 1980s. According to the Mississippi State University, nearly all states in the southern region have hybrid striped bass with the states of Mississippi, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, Louisiana and South Carolina stocking the most fish. Knowing their habitats and which types of lures attract them can aid in catching hybrids.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing rod and reel
  • Baits and lures
  • Bobber
Step 1
Use a long rod such as a 7-foot fiberglass bass cranking stick. This will allow you to make longer casts and reach surfacing fish better. A slow-retrieve baitcasting reel and a12-pound mono filament line is ideal for hybrid bass fishing.
Step 2
Troll or cast deep-diving crankbaits during the summer. Crankbaits in shad colors work very well. Fish during low light periods and overcast days. Deep-diving crankbaits attract hybrid bass because of their wobbling and bouncing action. Make long casts with crankbaits and throw past the structure you intend to fish. This will give your lure a chance to go deeper.
Step 3
Suspend bait under a bobber or over the side of your boat. Effective baits include large shiners and shad about 3 to 4 inches long, or chicken livers.
Step 4
Use 4-inch topwater lures such as the Zara Spook, Pop-R, Rattlin' Devil's Horse and Chug Bug. Hybrids are attracted to these lures' popping and sputtering action. Effective colors include black shiner, shad finish and fluorescent green.
Step 5
Fish at the mouths of tributaries and creek arms where schools of hybrids like to linger and feed on prey. Other spots include underwater roadbeds and submerged humps close to the mouths of creeks. Hybrid bass are attracted to flowing water, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. Tailwater areas and natural springs are also productive spots for hybrid bass angling.

Tips & Warnings

Use a rod with some flex to it to absorb the shock of the initial strike. This will also keep the hooks from pulling out of the hybrid's mouth.
Sharpen your fishing hooks to keep fish from getting off it.
Abide by your local fishing rules and regulations for catching hybrid bass.

Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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