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Wipers, Squeakers, Hybrids......Whatever You Want To Call Them, The Ohio River Is Loaded

Updated on August 9, 2012

Wipers, Squeakers, Hybrids......Whatever You Want To Call Them, The Ohio River Is Loaded

by Robb Hoff

August 9, 2012

The final score was 50-29. My son Adam won....and he made sure that I understood that he almost doubled the number of hybrid striped bass that I caught during our 1-1/2-hour worth of getting our lines wet in the Ohio River below the Markland Dam.

None of the hybrid striped bass were big. In fact, based on their size they would have been released into the river earlier this year through Kentucky's vigorous stocking program, which has used its hatcheries to cross fertilize freshwater white bass and saltwater striped bass now for the better part of three decades.

Part of the reason Adam left me in his wake on the fish count was the scarcity of bigger fish available from the bank on the Indiana side downriver from the dam. I was casting a 3-inch shad jig farther out from shore without any success before I opted to switch to a 1/16-ounce twisted tail grub like Adam was using. He got about a 15 fish lead on me with his ultralight rig and had an absolute ball doing it.

As much fun as it was to have him share in a competition like this one, I want him to experience catching the larger version of these hybrids. I've caught many over five pounds below Meldahl Dam, the Great Miami River near its confluence with the Ohio River, East Fork Lake and Three Mile Creek near Maysville.

The biggest challenge to landing these larger hybrid striped bass from shore is reaching them without losing lure after lure. But it's like I tell Adam, if you don't get your line in the water, you're not going to catch any fish.


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