One of the best things you can do to put more fish in your boat is to buy a quality map of the lake you fish. Open up the map and look for submerged structure that should hold fish. If you have a GPS try to mark these areas before you go, and once on the lake confirm your coordinates. Look for steep drop-offs, humps, channels and long flats. Just driving around a lake in your boat won't fill a live well, it pays to do your homework.
When fishing for White Bass or Stripers remember they are a "school" fish where you catch one you'll probably catch more. A vital tool to that end is several marker buoys. I keep several handy at all times. WHen My clients or I catch more than one fish in an area or when my graph" loads up I toss one in the lake to keep a reference point. Then when the fishing may flow down I move out from it using the buoy as a point to search around for the fish.
In the summer fish are moving very fast looking for food. The best way to locate the nomadic schools of White Bass is to troll for them. I troll using a trolling weight in frot of either a spoon or a small crank bait. If I hook more than one fish on several passes I then go back and use jigging spoons to catch more fish from the now located school.
The best way to get summertime Sand Bass to strike is to tie a small tube or feather jig about a foot above your jigging spoon. The Sandies will take the jigs on many occasions and ignore the spoon. Above the jig and spoon you will also want to tie a barrel swivel to reduce the amount of twisting in the main line back to your rod and reel.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has been doing a very fine job of stocking Hybrid Stripers in almost all of the lake we guide on. The Hybrids are considered just like the Stripers, you are only allowed 5 per person per day and they must be over 18" in length.
Hybrids look very much like their White Bass parent however there are some fairly easy ways to tell them apart.
1. White Bass have one thin lateral line (the lines down the side of their body) that runs from the head just behind the center of the gill plate to the tail. Hybrids have multiple bold lines that run from the head to the tail with broken lines primararily on the shoulder area.
2. The White Bass have one main tooth patch on the toungue area. A Hybrid will ahve teh double tooth patch of it's Striper parent.
Finally, a simple rule is - When in doubt, throw it out! The fines are several hundred dollars per fish!