Here is the 8 pounder that I've got hangin on the wall right now. I caught her last April on a buzzbait. She was all out of eggs, so she would have been a little heavier. She was a bucketmouth, though, and my biggest bass to date.
That Lake was probably Grand Lake. Full of them. They do fight very hard. We use ultra-lite gear when fishing for the crappie, small mouth etc.. The white bass and whipers feed on the same type of baits and you never know what you'll get. 2 weeks ago I broke my ultr-lite trout rod on a 2 pound whiper. He fought like a 10 pound black bass. They're a blast to catch.
Those there "whipers" as you call'em ain't nothing but good old hybrids. Around here a mix between white and striped bass are called hybrids. YOu are right, those are some hard fighting sumbitches. :salude:
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