Fishin’ with Capt. Gus
Capt. Gus Gustafson is an outdoor columnist and
a full-time professional fishing guide.
Visit www.FishingWithGus.com or call 704-617-6812 for more information or to book a trip.
CAPT. GUS GUSTAFSON
Winter Fishing on the Piedmont Lakes
With the beginning of a new fishing season, let’s focus on a few ideas that might improve the number of fish you catch. Start by cleaning out, re-organizing and replenishing the contents of your tackle boxes. Clean and lubricate reels and replace old line. Inspect and repair fishing rods, as needed, and be sure that line guides and rod tips are tight and smooth to the touch.
When fishing is slow, successful anglers down-size fishing outfits, line and bait, because “smaller is better,” particularly on Lake Norman were shad and herring are not as large as forage fish in other area lakes.
Also, some believe that predator fish are more likely to eat a snack (small bait), than a meal (large bait) when resting or inactive.
Veteran anglers have learned that finding fish is far more important than continuously switching lures. They use a few “go to” baits while trying to determine the pattern of the day. The baits they use to probe the water column are pre-tied to fishing rods and placed on the boat’s casting platform or in rod holders for quick access.
Lake Norman’s baitfish are colored shades of silver and black. When motionless, they appear almost invisible to predators, but as they move about, the shiny flashes of their scales give them away. Silver sided lures with black markings, chartreuse, blue, green and crawfish are all colors that Lake Norman fish prefer.
Lake Norman is a relatively deep body of water where stripers, hybrids, bass, perch and catfish spend considerable time near on or near the bottom in water from twenty to sixty feet deep. Spend some time probing deep humps, drop offs and brush piles, all likely spots when fishing is slow.
Tip from Capt. Gus:
If you need rod or reel service, call Frank Parsons at Tackle Town – 704-483-1007 – or stop by his store and shop at 4705 Cousin Lane, in Maiden, NC. He can clean, repair and restore your fishing tackle to a like-new condition at a reasonable price. h
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