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THE HYBRID STRIPED
The Hybrid striper is a cross between a white bass
and a striped bass. Of the three the hybrid grows the quickest.
The original cross (Palmetto
Bass) is a female striped bass and a male white bass (marone
chrysops) . Was first produced in 1965 The recipical cross a
female white bass and a male striped bass is the most common
and preferred cross among aquaculturists because a male striped
bass will mate readily with many females ( a man after my own
heart).The two hybrids are indistinguishable without biochemical
tracing. Their horizontal stripes are dark like the stripers
yet broken like the white. The body shape is intermediate. The
Hybrid can withstand temperature extremes and lower disolved
oxygen thus making it more suitable for pond culture than either
of its parents. Almost every state in the southern region has
hybrid striped bass producers, but most of the production is
in Mississippi, North Carolina, Texas, Florida, Louisiana, and
South Carolina. Annual production is approximately 600 metric
tons. Here is a course on the aquaculturing of hybrid stripers.
It is an interesting read but it is very slow pdf
form. Fishery Biologists say that one of the most incredible
facts is that within the first 12 months of life, a hybrid can
reach 12 inches in length. Sometime in the middle of the second
year, it will be 15 inches or longer and already at a legal size
to keep. That's astounding growth.
There are several techniques that are productive
for catching hybrids, with both live bait and artificials.
During the late spring, you can almost always
find hybrids and stripers right below dams in the immediate tailwaters.
Hybrids are aggressive and fight hard. In the swifter water where
they tend to congregate, it makes for a lot of excitement trying
to get them to the boat. Hybrids appear to be attracted to flowing
water. Tailwater areas below dams are good fishing locations when
water is flowing either through the spillway gates or turbines
of the dam. Also, natural springs and the mouths of feeder creeks
after heavy rains can attract hybrids.
The fish will usually not be in the fastest water,
but off to the side waiting to ambush their prey (or your lure).
Areas with current are productive throughout the year. Hybrids
also travel up reservoir tributary streams right along with the
white bass during April and May.
Hybrids occupy distinct spots on structure, so
trolling passes need to be exact. Anglers should line up shoreline
objects and troll between them. Most strikes will come while trolling
with the current because the fish like to hold on the down-current
side of points.
You can catch hybrids on a variety of artificial
baits. In fast water situations, such as those encountered below
dams, heavy spoons and jigs are popular baits. For areas with less
current, imitation minnow baits and other crankbaits are effective.
Hybrids also can be caught on shad, liver and a variety of insects.
When pursuing hybrids, leave the crappie and bluegill
rods at home. Hybrids are incredibly strong, hard-hitting fish.
If there is a weak link in your tackle, a big hybrid will point
it out to you. More lures are destroyed by hybrids than by any
other species of fish, so have extras on hand.
A long rod with some flex to it helps absorb the shock of the initial strike
and keeps the hooks from pulling out of the fish's mouth.
When a hybrid does hit your lure, it usually happens
so fast that if the fish does not hook itself, it often throws
the lure before you can react. Sharpening the hooks on your lures
is the best way to keep fish from getting off.
Bait-fishermen use gizzard shad - 5-inch or larger
shad - as their No. 1 hybrid striped bass bait. Like pure-strain
stripers, hybrid stripers will hit both artificial lures and live
bait, but the best fish-producer of all is the live gizzard shad.
The shad can be drift-fished, fished below a balloon or a float,
or hung straight beneath a boat on a tightline. Shad are very sensitive
to handling, to water temperature stress and to water chemistry.
Guides and avid hybrid and striper bait-anglers usually have large,
well-insulated bait tanks aboard their boats. Some guides catch
shad with hoop nets dragged through the water, but most use cast
nets. It can be quite a challenge to keep the bait alive long enough
to use it
Artificials will work as well for hybrids. Topwaters,
crankbaits, slab spoons and jigs. Watch and listening for splashing
or watch for diving, feeding seagulls.
Just about any shad-colored white or silver topwater
plug will get hit when thrown into a school of feeding hybrids.
The crankbait may be the best artificial lure for
hybrid fishing. It can be trolled or cast, fished in tailraces,
rivers and lakes. . Crankbaits can take deep-water fish lurking
near structure or cover and can draw strikes from open-water roaming
schools. They can be used to catch hybrids prowling windswept shorelines
where baitfish are stacked up near the bank.
They spook more easily than pure breds at the sound of trolling motors. They
have been described as a "football with fins".
Bite when the weather is hot and calm
When hooked they will stay deep and pull hard.
They generally prefer open water, which means they're not competing with other
predators like black bass, walleyes, catfish and crappie for habitat.
The best way to go, if you're planning to fish from the bank, is to rig one
outfit for bottom-fishing and get it going. Once that's done, throw an in-line
spinner or crankbait, or swim a jig on another rod
More here Hybrids
and Wipers fishing reports in the striper ( Wiper ) room (click the
forum logo for forum home page)
Can you tell the difference? The Hybrid / Striper/ White bass
Hybrid striper records
Record Hybrid Striper
22 lb 1 oz
This fish was caught in Feb 03 by Frank
Talbert Jr. He was
striper fishing in Bull Shoals Lake Arkansas. It is a new world line class
record with 8 pound test. The link incorrectly puts the weight at 29 pounds.
The world and all tackle
record is 27 lbs 5 oz. Caught in Greers Ferry Lake Arkansas
on 4/24 1997 by Jerald C. Shaum, Shirley, AR.
All told, 22 states have posted hybrid
striped bass records with the National Fresh Water Fishing
Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wisconsin. In Illinoia
link for most recent updates
album with record pics
| Oklahoma .
| S. Carolina
||L. of Egypt
||Harlan Co. Lake
||Lower Sardis L.
| N. Carolina
|| Lake Chatuge
||Three Mile Cr.
||Deer Creek Lake
||Rosemary Shaver Logan
||Jeff Van Broklin
| N. Jersey
||16 - 4 L.
| *N. Jersey
|*N. Jersey Saltwater
||12 lbs 7 oz
||Cape May Rips
|**N. Jersey Saltwater
||James R. Fowler
| New York
||Roger Boyce Jr.
*New Jersey 12 lbs 7 oz Atlantic Ocean - Cape
May Rips David Kmiec 1993
**James R. Fowler of Brigantine caught a 13 pound, 2 ounce striped
bass hybrid off Brigantine on October 26, 2004.
Source: National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of
Fame, Hayward, Wisconsin.
state University Hybrid Striper web site