Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
A silvery, spiny-rayed fish with several dark, horizontal streaks along the sides. Streaks often discontinuous. A sharp spine is present on the gill cover. Spinous and soft parts of dorsal fin entirely separate. Lower jaw projects beyond upper jaw.
Hybrids superficially resemble white bass but grow larger than white bass, exceeding a weight of 5 pounds. The back of the tongue of a hybrid has either 1 distinct tooth patch or 2 patches very close together. (The tongue of a white bass has a heart-shaped tooth patch, and the tongue of a striped bass has 2 distinct parallel tooth patches.)
Anglers find hybrids strong, hard-hitting fish—“monster white bass.” If you are fishing for white bass and are unprepared for hybrids, they are easily capable of breaking the fishing line or throwing or destroying the lure. Thus heavier tackle is called for than one would use for white bass.