Fishing with Gus: Have a fin holiday with this tune
Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013

Fishing with Gus: Have a fin holiday with this tune

To all a Merry Christmas! Enjoy Capt. Gus’ rendition of “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.”

I’m dreaming of a fish Christmas

Just like the ones I used to know,

Where the fish still glisten

And children listen

To hear fish tales in the snow.

I’m dreaming of a fish Christmas

With every column that I write.

May your fish be many and bite

And may all

Your fishing trips be bright.

I’m dreaming of a fish Christmas

Like all the fishermen I know,

May your trips be sunny and fun

And to Santa’s elves

May all your chores be done.

Last-minute gift ideas

GPS/fish finder combination units show bottom readings, depth and fish. It also tracks the boat’s location on a map. Prices start at $199 for black-and-white.

• A thermos bottle that keeps liquids hot or cold. $10 and up.

• Minnow bucket with battery-operated aerator. $25 and up.

• “How to Fish” DVDs and books. $10 and up.

• Landing net. $10 and up.

• Ranger bass boat. $35,000 and up.

Hot Spots of the Week

Anglers fishing during the holidays can expect plenty of action while field testing their new tackle. Fishing conditions should be ideal, with water temperatures in the 50s and an abundance of cloudy days. As in years past, diving sea birds will show anglers where fish are feeding just below the surface.

Spotted bass – a cross between a largemouth and smallmouth – will locate in the same general areas as stripers, and can be caught from schools suspended throughout the water column. When fish are actively feeding, it is not unusual to catch two or three on a single cast, while using Alabama and Sabiki rigs. Often, multiple species are taken on the same cast, confirming the theory that bass, perch, striper and hybrids feed in packs when foraging during the colder months. Traditional holiday hot spots are Ramsey, Reed, Little, Mountain and McCray Creeks below the N.C. 150 bridge, and Stumpy and Hicks creeks farther north.

Lake levels

The water level on Lake Norman is about 3.21 feet below full pond and 2.8 feet below full on Mountain Island Lake. The surface water temperature is in the 50 in water not affected by power generation on Lake Norman.

Gus Gustafson is a freelance writer and a fishing guide. Have a story idea for Gus? Email him at

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