A little white bass action on Cinco de Mayo

Posted by: DesertRam

A little white bass action on Cinco de Mayo - 05/17/18 12:32 AM

Cinco de Mayo is a pretty big deal down here close to border. Rather than party down, we figured "How better to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than a day on the water?" So three generations - my dad, son, and I - headed to a nearby desert lake to see if we could rustle up a few fish. Reports from previous weeks were positive, indicating that the white bass were running pretty hard.

We started out trolling, which has been productive for us in the past. It wasn't long before the boy picked up the first one of the day (as usual).


After that, trolling proved less than successful, so we started working the crankbaits looking for black bass. Turned out that's a pretty good way to catch a few white bass too, and I had a turn.


Then the boy and I caught a "double" - each of us landed one at the same time.


My dad had boated a few by now too, but didn't slow down for me to take a picture until the third or fourth.


Sometime around lunch the boy caught what I'm pretty sure is his first largemouth, and a keeper at that.


A bit later, I hauled in a little one and while admiring it, Dad started hollering for the net. I couldn't help but snap this pic before helping him out.


And just after that we bagged a "triple" - all three landing a fish at the same time.


Here's my dad unhooking a couple nice filets.


And finally, a last double to end the day.


And we even made it home with enough sunlight to filet them all out.
Posted by: GC

Re: A little white bass action on Cinco de Mayo - 05/17/18 07:46 AM

They sure are a lot of fun to catch. Never really cared for them on the table. Good on you guys for getting out together. I miss my dad going with my son and I. Dad just can't make it out anymore so he wants to hear every detail of hunting and fishing trips.
Posted by: AdamT

Re: A little white bass action on Cinco de Mayo - 05/17/18 09:11 AM

Looks like you guys had a great trip out together, and a nice catch to boot.
Posted by: Bob_Atl

Re: A little white bass action on Cinco de Mayo - 05/17/18 09:40 AM

3 generations fish'n - a really great day & ton of fun & pics to prove it.

Back in the day (1980s) son & I would occasionally get into a school of whites and pull them in on small jig/spinner baits.
We'd cast, count down 10 seconds or so, then jig back in. This is what we were using : Little George
Posted by: atd

Re: A little white bass action on Cinco de Mayo - 05/17/18 10:30 AM

Congrats on the day. Beats the heck out of beating a piņata, in my opinion. They are alot of fun to catch. If they're up top those little in line trout spinners are killer on them.
Posted by: DesertRam

Re: A little white bass action on Cinco de Mayo - 05/17/18 01:15 PM

Originally Posted By: GC
Never really cared for them on the table.


In true Cinco de Mayo style, we grilled them and made fish tacos. Pretty darn tasty that way!
Posted by: Predator257Roy

Re: A little white bass action on Cinco de Mayo - 05/18/18 06:58 AM

Looks like y'all had fun. Those white bass are a blast when they are running good. Yum, fish tacos!
Posted by: hm1996

Re: A little white bass action on Cinco de Mayo - 05/19/18 03:10 PM

Great fun, Troy, thanks for sharing and bringing back some fond memories.

Originally Posted By: GC
They sure are a lot of fun to catch. Never really cared for them on the table. Good on you guys for getting out together. I miss my dad going with my son and I. Dad just can't make it out anymore so he wants to hear every detail of hunting and fishing trips.


What's not to like about white bass, Gary? Just curious.

I didn't fish much fresh water but I really loved to catch the whitey's when they were schooling & like fried boneless fillets. I think they are as good as speckled trout and better than Redfish; guess its a matter of taste. Reds are really good grilled over mesquite, however.

Too bad your dad can't go with you any longer, Gary, but I'm sure you share lots of memories.

I don't know how long my dad had been unable to see his lure at the end of his cast when I finally figured out why he was getting so many backlashes. Spent many a memorable hour on the bay with him and my son before dad passed.



Regards,
hm
Posted by: GC

Re: A little white bass action on Cinco de Mayo - 05/19/18 05:15 PM

For me white bass just doesn't compare to crappie, bluegill, walleye or even catfish on the plate.

Yeah, dad is 85 and Parkinson's is working on him. It's really tough to watch him age so quickly and he's so weak now. I know it happens but it isn't easy watching your lifelong best friend, mentor and hero like this.
Posted by: hm1996

Re: A little white bass action on Cinco de Mayo - 05/19/18 05:49 PM

That explains it; never tried bluegill, crappie or walleye. Catfish is good, though. grin

Yep, watching our parents age is no fun.

Regards,
hm
Posted by: AWS

Re: A little white bass action on Cinco de Mayo - 06/21/18 02:03 AM

Just caught a look at these pictures and all I have to say is "way to go". Neat deal to be able to fish with your dad and son. I spent my youth fishing with my dad and grandfather, memories and stories to last a lifetime.

I've been on the road for the past four months and just glances at the sight.

I'm looking forward to a little of that myself and some bowfishing next spring.
Posted by: 10Bears

Re: A little white bass action on Cinco de Mayo - 03/13/19 04:02 PM

Have you heard any reports of stripers there lately
Posted by: DesertRam

Re: A little white bass action on Cinco de Mayo - 03/15/19 10:35 AM

Originally Posted By: 10Bears
Have you heard any reports of stripers there lately


Nothing more than what's on the G&F website. Sounds pretty slow for stripers, though I did hear of a nice one getting caught a couple weeks ago. White bass should be picking up pretty soon though!
Posted by: 10Bears

Re: A little white bass action on Cinco de Mayo - 03/17/19 10:22 AM

My bud did pretty good there last year for walleye too along with the whites