FISH THE JUMPS FOR SUMMER WHITE BASS ACTION   Leave a comment

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Spring is the most popular time to catch white bass but summer is the most fun time. As the finny wolf packs chase the shad across the surface, anglers speed from one action point to another. It is a time of run and gun.

The white bass is from the sea bass family rather than the largemouth, smallmouth, rock or spotted bass. The latter are members of the sunfish family. White bass more closely relate to yellow and striped bass.

White bass dine on small fish, insects and crustaceans. It is a schooling fish that hunts in large numbers and covers a great deal of water. The schools travel quickly and from place to place herding large schools herd smaller fish before them. They drive the prey species to the surface where they cannot escape.

The feeding action occurs mostly in the early morning and in the evening. They move toward the shore in evening and return to the depths in the morning.

All this action takes a heavy toll on the life of the white bass. They live only five or six years.

Although found in many lakes and rivers they thrive most in reservoirs and big lakes.

As the summer rolls in fishermen move to see the fish start working the shad. The whites form packs of roving schools in order to be in the right place at the right time.

If the anglers are in the right place at the right time the opportunity to catch fish is nearly limitless. Their first sighting may be just a single fish breaking the surface or it can be a boiling action as many fish break out. This is the jumps.

The feeding activity lasts a few minutes as fishermen cast into the boiling water. There is a chance to catch a few fish before the shad move away followed by the feeding whites. Following is a period of inactivity until the whites force the forage fish to the top again. The fishing action repeats.

To help locate the feeding fish the angler is can look to the gulls. It is not rocket science to realize the gulls and white bass are wherever the shad appear. The shad are a favorite food for both.

Calm water is best for finding shad forced to the surface. In stormy weather the whites will force the shad up against wave-tossed banks and feed on them. A good area to find them is any point that juts out into deep water with shallow, small flats or shelf facing into the wind. Shallow-running or lipless crankbaits cast into these areas often yield excellent results.

During the surface feeding frenzy on warm, calm summer days the action is typically topwater. It is exciting, fast and frustrating. If the angler is lucky enough to be in the middle of the school, the problem becomes deciding where to cast. Small topwater lures are effective. Match the size of the lure to the size of the forage fish that are present. If the fish are feeding really voraciously they will attack almost anything cast into the water.

The larger fish are under the smaller ones with the biggest ones just under the main part of the

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