Fishin’ With Capt. Gus!
Why So Many Lures?
Photo Credit – Capt. Gus
Local angler Preston Messler (age 10) holding a Lake Norman crappie
Why do anglers need so many fishing lures?
That’s a good question, particularly since a fish’s diet consists of bugs, worms and other fish. While the answers are many, the best probable answer is that fishing with natural bait isn’t as challenging to the angler as trying to entice a bass to strike a plastic worm. That being the case, tackle shops carry thousands of lures in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. So how does one decide which lure to buy? Again, there is no simple answer. Here are a few unscientific reasons that anglers use when buying fishing lures.
* It looks more life-like than a real minnow.
* It was so shiny, I had to buy it.
* Any lure with the name Blue Eyed, Yellow Bellied, Boy Howdy has to catch fish.
* I saw it advertised on television.
* They had lots of them at the tackle shop.
* It looks just like a frog swimming in the water.
* Someone told me, “It’s the only lure they’re biting.”
* It has a built-in rattle.
* Kevin VanDam (KVD) recommended it.
* It will cast a mile.
* This one is a favorite on the tournament trail and is responsible for millions in prize money.
* Pink is the only color they hit this time of year.
* It’s handcrafted by an old Indian Fishing Guide.
* It’s a soft plastic version of an old wooden lure I used when I was a kid.
* Someone said, “It’s the best lure ever for fishing around boat docks.”
* It only catches big fish.
* They were on sale and everyone was buying them.
* It looks just like a baby trout.
* My friend catches fish on it every time he goes fishing, so I got three.
When asked why he changed lures so much, an angler replied, “As far as I am concerned, half the fun of fishing is trying different lures.”
Tips from Capt. Gus! A sign in a bait shop reads: “It’s easier to feed them than it is to trick them, so use minnows.
Hot Spots of the Week: Pre-spawning bass off creek and river points are being taken on A-Rigs and swim baits. Spawning bass are showing up in back coves – best bets are Ramsey and McCreary Creeks. Big white perch are hitting jigging spoons, Sabiki rigs and live minnows along the edges of creek and river channels. Crappie fishing is good-to-very-good around docks, pilings and brush in water from five to twenty feet. Best places to begin fishing are Mountain, Hager and Terrapin Creeks.
Free Fishing Seminar – “Introduction to Sonar, Down Scan and GPS” – “How to use Electronics to Catch Bass, White Perch, Crappie and Catfish on Lake Norman.” Jake Bussolini and I will conduct this ninety minute seminar beginning at 6:30 p.m. on March 19th at Gander Mountain, Exit 36, Mooresville, NC. For additional information, call 704 658 0822.
35th Annual Lake Norman Shrine Club – Dogwood Bass Tournament – April 5, 2014 at Midway Marina, 8693 Hwy.150, Terrell, NC. For more information, call William Cork @ 704-516-0506.
Norman’s water level is about 2.2’ below full pond and 2.3’ below full on Mountain Island Lake. The surface water temperature is in the fifties and sixties in water not affected by the power generation on Lake Norman.
Capt. Gus Gustafson of Lake Norman Ventures, Inc. is an Outdoor Columnist and a full time Professional Fishing Guide on Lake Norman, NC. Visit his website www.FishingWithGus.com