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What do you use to catch White Bass on Table Rock Lake?

Horizonally, I use the Blue Box Super Vibrax, Silver or Gold, Number 3 or 4.

Vertically, I use either a White or Chartreuse 1/2 or 3/4 oz. War Eagle (comes with the swivel) spoon.

Others use the 1/4 oz. White Rooster Tail.

What say you?

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Shallow Shad rap in Shad. Most our action has come when they bust nearby where we're bass fishing, haven't really targeted them. We generally keep a rod rigged for the occasion though.

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Like Wayne i do not specifically target them but if we are fishing for the black/bronze fish and the whites happen to boil up then we will throw to them with a small grub on a jig head or a inline spinner type lure (panther martin/little cleo/blue fox/etc.) and i personally throw a 3 inch topwater bait just because there really isnt anything more exciting that topwater explosions is there?

-Brett

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Trolling to locate them, or casting into boils - a 1/6 oz. or 1/4 oz. Roostertail. Anything around white or chartreuse is good for the body and tail color, but color doesn't matter much as long as the spinner blade is chrome, not brass.

For the spring run up the rivers, sometimes 1/8 oz. or 1/6 oz. Roostertails as above, but mostly maribou crappie jigs worked slow. I think there's a color progression during the run - white at the beginning, chartreuse in the middle, and purple toward the end of the run. Toward the end, that little "purple beetle" soft bait with a twin tail on a 1/16 oz. or 1/8 oz. lead head jig hook is hard to beat.

When it comes to Roostertails, I like the BPS "Uncle Buck" knockoffs better than the original Roostertails. The blades are wider and they spin easier, and more important, the hooks are bigger. With original Roostertails, I change out the treble hook - dunno why they're made with such little hooks. For trout, maybe?

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Buck tail jigs for me from 1/16 to 1/2 oz.

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Chrome/black or chrome/blue Rat-L-Trap or Spot when the fish are busting. Rooster tails and fuzzy grub jigs when spinning in creeks and rivers. Clousers when fly fishing. PC

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white rattle trap with black back 3/8 oz works wounderful on the big ones.

Snakem Out

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All sound great, the only two I would add is white and purple swimming minnows on 1/16 heads, and my go to bait when nothing else works is a white 1/4 oz jigging spoon with a black dot painted on it. When they start boiling in the lake u can almost always reach them with it, throws a mile on a spinning rig, and just pump it back to the boat. When they go down, drop it down to catch the stragglers.

Side note, caught my biggest bass ever on 1/4 jigging spoon, bouncing it of the bottom right after the whites moved. 8.5 lbs, around 8 years ago.

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I kinda avoid using plugs like a Shad Rap or Rattletrap for white bass, though I know they catch fish. There's another reason.

Have you ever been in a surface boil of white bass where they're going nuts all around the boat - and you're frantically trying to unhook one that ate ALL THREE points of a treble? That drives me crazy, 'cause the boil may stop in the next 10 seconds and I want to get another cast in!

I figure with multiple trebles, that deal would be twice as bad and I'd probably hook myself to the fish, too!

:D

And yeah, I've caught big bass and catfish too, that were hanging around under those white bass boils - that really adds to the fun.

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1/4 oz white Vibric Rooster tail, if you can't catch'm on that they ain't bite'n. And peel off that stupid mylar stickey thing on the blade makes them spin easier.

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1/4 oz white Vibric Rooster tail, if you can't catch'm on that they ain't bite'n. And peel off that stupid mylar stickey thing on the blade makes them spin easier.

I second that.

Also the chartreuse one works well. Its one of the best baits over in OK for whites.

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I kinda avoid using plugs like a Shad Rap or Rattletrap for white bass, though I know they catch fish. There's another reason.

Have you ever been in a surface boil of white bass where they're going nuts all around the boat - and you're frantically trying to unhook one that ate ALL THREE points of a treble? That drives me crazy, 'cause the boil may stop in the next 10 seconds and I want to get another cast in!

I figure with multiple trebles, that deal would be twice as bad and I'd probably hook myself to the fish, too!

:D

I rig up multiple rods .... I throw the fish and rod in the bottom of the boat and pick up another one. I sort through the carnage when I get a minute. By that time ... half of them have shaken themselves off and are laying in the bottom of the boat spewing out shad. :rolleyes: They can make a real mess in your boat .... even if they're going straight into the well. Sometimes I pinch the barbs or dike off a point or two. PC

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Ditto on the Swimmin Minnow. I dont think anything works better when they are in the creeks......

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1) Road Runner

2) smallish soft plastic on a jighead

3) small crankbait

4) zara puppy (first choice if water is clear enough and they are feeding on top!)

5) live bait

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We got an extra deal going on several white bass trips on upper Bull Shoals last fall. There for about 6 weeks white bass were boiling in the main channel in the late afternoon - but they wouldn't bite except when they were feeding on the surface. More likely, we just couldn't find them when they weren't on the surface because they were swimming fast, down deep somewhere. We were chasing boils, getting in a few casts, then they'd quit and we'd wait for another boil to chase. Fun.

Doing that, I hooked a good channel catfish that was feeding under the white bass. I had some nightcrawlers along, so I rigged up an extra pole with a split shot sinker and a nightcrawler. We'd chase a boil, throw Roostertails until the boiling stopped, then throw the nightcrawler rig and let it drop down deep where the boil had been. We were catching one or two good (3-4 lb.) channel cats under most every boil - and went home with white bass limits and catfish limits, too.

That's a trick I'm going to remember.

:)

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The White River on Beaver Lake when they are running up stream, we smoke em with Lucky Craft RC 1.5. Chartruese Perch color. Speed traps are great too. This year I am going to try the Scrounger jig with a tiny fluke on it. Those scroungers flat out catch fish.

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Always looking for something new what is a scrounger jig? Got a picture of one?

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Always looking for something new what is a scrounger jig? Got a picture of one?

Here ya go!

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Wow thanks that pretty neat now the next question I'm sure you knew it was coming where do you get'm?

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