Bedtime For Whitey Outlaw
Phillip Gentry
Veteran pro-staffer Whitey Outlaw prefers the simple yet effective design of a Bream Buster when he’s fishing for bream on the bed during the summer.
The two most important factors for bedding bream are a hard bottom and cover.
Foregoing a trolling motor, Outlaw prefers to fish with one hand and scull with the other to sneak up on bream beds.
Light enough to fish all day and strong enough to snatch a fish quickly off the bed, the Bream Buster is the perfect rod for Whitey Outlaw.

“The Bream Buster is one of the most well-known rods in the world of bream fishing,” said Wells. “This great rod was originally made by Lew’s and named after the late Lew Childre, the original designer. We acquired the Bream Buster about 5 years ago and wanted to continue the tradition of making the genuine Bream Buster design of 100% lightweight fiberglass, a leatherette wrapped handle for comfort in your hands, and the cylindrical shape design that maintains the original action that makes bream fishing fun.”


When he’s not traveling on national crappie tournament circuits, veteran pro-staff member Whitey Outlaw relaxes by fishing for bream. He’s fished all over the country and has a knack for finding bream beds even in unfamiliar waters. Based on the cycles of the moon in May, June, and July, Outlaw determines when bream will be bedding and can even ferret out where they bed – just by following his nose. With a Bream Buster in one hand and a sculling paddle in the other, Outlaw had plenty of advice for anglers looking for some summer bream action.


 Question: Whitey, judging by the cooler full of better then hand sized bream in the bottom of your boat, you seem to have a knack for locating bream beds. What’s your secret?


Outlaw: I start looking for bream on the beds the week before the full moon. Bream will go to fanning their beds and when they do, they stink. You can smell them from 100 yards away. That fanning will also cause bubbles in the water. The number one factor for bream to bed is a hard bottom. Second is cover. I don’t have much success bream fishing around live trees. I’d rather look for dead trees, stumps, and fallen limbs. That kind of cover will have better appeal to spawning bream. When I’m looking, I’ll paddle into a swampy area looking for a stand of dead trees or a dead blow down tree in the water, I’ll ease over and probe the bottom with my rod. If I feel a hard sand, gravel, or clay bottom, it’s a pretty good bet there’ll be some beds around it. I’ll approach with the wind in my face so I can smell them and I’ll look for bubbles or fish popping on the surface.


Question: Why do you use a sculling paddle? Why not just use a trolling motor to ease up to the bream bed ?

 Outlaw: I’m not a fan of using trolling motors for bream fishing. I use an old beat up john boat for bream fishing and when I get in the vicinity of where I know there are bream beds, I get out the paddle and scull. A trolling motor makes too much commotion in the water. If you wash it across a bream bed you can forget about catching any good fish out of it. The fish are likely to be real shallow anyway, so with this paddle, I can sit on the front of the boat and ease right up to them without spooking them.


Question: So much of bream spawning revolves around phases of the moon. What does all that mean?

Outlaw: You’ll find bream on the bed during the full moon and then again on the new moon. For a few days between these cycles, bream show a tendency to pull off the beds and hold in a little deeper water but they’ll be back a couple of days before the new moon and will repeat that cycle up to three times over the course of the summer.


Question: Tell us about the outfit you use to fish for bream. I’d think a guy who was on the pro-staff of a rod company would have a more sophisticated outfit.


Outlaw: Don’t need a sophisticated outfit. A bream buster is about as simple as it gets and it works just as well today as it did 30 years ago, and B’n’M understands that.

The lightweight construction of this rod has more action than a rod and reel or some other long pole. Sculling a boat all day with one hand and holding a long heavy pole can wear you out. Plus this rod is just as strong as a regular fiberglass pole. When I set the hook, I like to get the fish in the boat as quick as I can. That’s why I couple this rod with 10 pound Vicious line. The more running around a bream does on the hook, the more fish he’ll scatter off the bed. With this rig, I can snatch that bream right out of the bed, then throw right back in and get another one.”


For more information on B’n’M’s complete line of bream rods and poles, visit our website at