SUNRISE ON LAKE NORFORK
In the 60's, North Carolina biologists crossed a female striped bass and a male white bass to create a third fishing sensation, the HYBRID . While hybrids don't reproduce or grow like white bass or grow to gigantic size like stripers, they exhibit good characteristics inherited from both parents.
In the Spring hybrids respond to the spawning urge and move near mouths of creeks and congregate around deep points in large schools. Bink will be targeting surface fish with noisy topwater lures and suspended fish with his Pro Series Spoons.
During the Summer hybrids concentrate in deep water, usually on old river channels near shallow flats and points in 50 to 60 feet of water. Bink locates schools of fish on the depthfinder and then it's just a matter of presenting the spoon at the right depth.
Fall brings on early and late surface feeding hybrids. Find the shad and you usually have hybrids. When fish are on top Bink casts a spoon and uses a fast retrieve through the school. If this does not draw a strike, he will let the spoon settle with a reel-stop pattern, resembling an injured shad, that produces strike after strike.
Winter find hybrids back in deep water in large schools near deep channels. Seasonal tactics are similar for both hybrids and striper as they are often found together in their endless pursuit of shad.
Hybrid Striped Bass
Seven or eight black stripes, broken and above the lateral line. Dark back, almost black with silvery sides and white belly. Body depth similar to white bass. Tongue with two tooth patches. Second anal spine 2/3 or more the length of third anal spine. To 20 lbs., 2 to 10 lbs. typical. Produced in hatcheries and stocked in lakes and rese4voirs. Prefers open waters.