White bass bursting

Monday, July 9, 2001 at 1:00am

I believe white bass (stripe) fishing is the most exciting fishing there is, especially when the stripe are bursting on the surface.

The splashing, slurping, and slashing of white bass on the surface is music to a hot weather anglers ears.

Summer time fishing can make an angler miserable, especially when he or she isn't getting any pulls on their fishing line.

White bass during the hot, summer months usually provide plenty of action. White bass will bite most anykind of artificial offering when cast into a surface jump.

I use to cast small spinners, like the Rooster Tail, Mepps, and old ABu Reflex to catch stripe. Spoons are also very productive, the Spinrite and Little George caught lots of stripe, too.

I used my spinning rods and reels, 6 to 8 pound test line and a 6 foot rod.

By the way, white bass are excellent eating fish. The one thing I use to do when I caught stripe was to cut its gills and bleed it. This removed the red streak from the filets when I cleaned the stripe.

I spent the early, early hours of the mornings casting for bass.

Bass usually feed early in the mornings, about dawn for an hour or more, then they seek deeper, cooler places til late evening.

You can catch bluegill most all day. Best areas to find the bluegill, at least the larger bluegill is along shady banks, beneath overhanging tree limbs and sandy shorelines.

A sleeve of crickets, a box of either red worms or meal worms will provide you with bluegill strikes. I like ultra-light fishing gear such as a long, telescoping glass pole or spinning gear.

There's another sign that tells us bluegill fisherman just where the action is going to take place and that's where willow flies are hatching.

I've sat in my boat on one particular area of Old Hickory Lake, where willow flies were hatching and had more fun than a money does with a football.

If you try hot weather fishing, don't forget to carry along lots of water, sunscreen, and wear a wide bream cap or hat. A long sleeve shirt isn't a bad idea, either.

Bass jumping in West

I expect to hear about a load of Middle Tennessee bass fishermen heading west.

West to California, where for the past few years some monster size largemouth bass have been caught.

California is definitely making history in the bass fishing department and there are a lot of folks that believe the next world record bass catch will come from the Golden State.

California has produced eight out of the top 10 largemouth bass in history, and 22 out of the top 25.

In April, Mike Long was casting one of his favorite lures when he hooked into a 20 pound, 12 ounce largemouth bass from the waters of tiny Dixon Lake in San Diego.

Long's huge bass catch now ranks as the eighth largest bass ever caught and beats Tennessee's state record catch of a 14 pound, 8 ounce largemouth by 6 pounds, 4 ounces.

Tennessee state record was caught in October of 1954, out of Kentucky lake's Sugar Creek.

Talk is that the next world record catch of a largemouth bass will be worth over a $1 million in endorsements and guest appearances to the angler who catches it. Word is, Long's catch came close to garnering him $8 million.

Big Bass Record Club (recordbass.com), has a membership of more than 30,000 and has paid Long $25,000 in big-fish prize money for two years and is offering $8 million to any member who breaks the world record.

Putting the measuring tape to Long's monster bass showed 27 inches in length and 27 inches in girth; George Perry's world record bass caught in 1932 from a lake in Georgia measured 32 1/2 inches in length and 28 1/2 inches in girth.

It's easy to see why Perry's record bass catch has held up since 1932, and could possibly stand forever, but it is ever does fall, the chances are pretty good that it will happen in California.

Happy hookin'

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