The lures I use the most for white bass and hybrids are made by Redneck Fishing (http://www.redneckfishn.com
). Bryon Nolan owns the company and I have been using his lures since 2005. This is my 11th year of using his lures almost exclusively and they continue to be the best lure on the market! I use the 180 TNT lure (only in the 2 ounce weight) in either Silver Holographic or Chartreuse and White. Both of these lures are deadly on fish! It is a great idea to keep both colors on hand.
Due to the weight of these lures, I only use PowerPro braided line in the 30 pound size and only on a baitcaster reel. These lures cannot be effectively fished on a spinning reel.
For top water fish, I prefer a ½ ounce or 5/8 ounce lipless crankbait in black and silver or blue and silver. These baits are fished on a spinning reel and can be fished with either 20 pound PowerPro braid or a 10 pound monofilament line like Trilene XL Casting. It is important to remember that monofilament must be changed every 3 months to prevent it building up a memory and taking on a spring-like appearance. Braid can be used for at least a year under most circumstances.
Braid also allows you to put a little extra pressure on a stuck lures and often retrieve it when mono would have broken.