As a long-time fishing guide and tournament angler, Jimmy Mason always wants the folks in his boat to catch fish. However, the importance of finding fast action is magnified when he takes his children fishing.

Mason knows that young ones can get bored easily waiting for bass to bite, and they can even lose interest in fishing. Fortunately, the Tennessee River impoundments where Mason fishes support great populations of white bass, and during the summer, the white bass serve up highly predictable and sometimes-furious fishing action.

“It’s so fun for them,” Mason said. “The fishing is easy, and often they’ll catch fish one after another.”

The fish aren’t huge. Most are in the ¾- to 1 ½-pound range. However, they hit hard and fight hard, especially on light tackle.

Mason’s two mainstay lures for summer white bass fishing are a C.C. Spoon and a Gay Blade. Both can be cast long distances, offer versatility in how they can be fished and suggest the small shad that the white bass are mostly eating

His favorite C.C. Spoon for this approach is the Little Mickey, which weighs ¼ ounce and has a small bucktail on its hook. When fish come up schooling on the surface, a C.C. Spoon can be cast past the school and reeled back quickly so it wobbles and flashes like a fleeing batfish. However, when schools go down, the same spoon can be vertical jigged to prompt strikes.

A Gay Blade offers similar versatility but covers each situation in a slightly different way. For schooling fish, it can be swam a little slower than the C.C. Spoon when that’s what the fish want. When the schools are down, instead of using a straight jigging approach, Mason casts, lets his Gay Blade sink and then works it along the bottom with upward rod pumps and drops.

For either lure, Mason uses Lew’s 7-foot Wally Marshall Crappie Rods, and he spools spinning reels with 6-pound test.

Mason likes main-lake flats, often near the mouths of creeks, best during the summer, and he starts by looking for schools of shad on the surface or on his electronics. Often the white bass will reveal themselves by feeding on top, even if only for a few minutes. He also looks for concentrations of seagulls, which suggest that baitfish are plentiful and often that schools of white bass have been pushing the bait to the top.

“Other fishermen also will invite you over if they are catching fish,” he said. “It’s really social fishing and people aren’t usually at all secretive, which is part of what makes it fun. There are plenty of fish for everyone to get in on the catching.”

Similarly, Mason suggests stopping by a bait store to find out where white bass have been schooling on local waters. He has found that anglers tend to be glad to share information about white bass so others can join the fun.

Although Mason normally plans white bass outing with his children in mind, that doesn’t make the catching part any less fun for him. “It never gets old!” He said.