On Tuesday May 29 I took Jim and Carol from my SS class out fishing for some white bass to keep and clean. They are normally bank fishermen for catfish and weren't familiar with fishing for whites from a boat. I headed straight to where I've been catching them lately - Long Ridge - right in the mid part where depths are about 20 fow. They brought their own old-but-in-good-condition casting rigs, which each had about 25 yards of line total. I tried demoing a Mepps on their rigs but I literally could not crank them fast enough to make the #4 Mepps spin. To plan 'B', which I've used when reeling in the Mepps won't work. I had them cast out and let the Mepps sink to the bottom, point the rod at the line and take of the slack, then make a long sweeping arc upward with the rod causing the Mepps to spin coming up off the bottom. They started catching fish. In 2 hr 15 min we had 60 fish to clean. Most were sandies, quite a few were blue cats, one was a 12 inch yellow bass and one was an 18.5 inch hybrid. They were thrilled to catch so many fish. We cleaned them back at my dock and then had sandwiches and watermelon the wife had prepared. An all-round nice fishing experience!
Carol with nice sandbass and catfish:
Jim with his sandbass and catfish: