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Young fishermen say the darnedest things

Kids come up with some funny stuff, particularly when they're fishing.

The other day, a little boy asked, "Is there water on the other side of that island?" And a 9-year-old girl challenged her brother when he caught what he said was a "big bass." She asked, "How much bigger does it need to grow to be a large bass?"

Some of the best quotes are about the one that got away. For example, two boys were talking about all the fish they had caught on a recent saltwater trip, when the youngest was reminded about the one he lost. When asked how big he thought it was, he answered, "It was so big that it almost ate my fishing pole." The other added, "And it was a good thing it got away, because it would have sunk the boat if he had landed it."

A youthful angler was told by his dad to drop the rod (meaning the tip) and let the fish take line while it swallowed the bait. The youngster followed the instructions literally and promptly dropped the very expensive fishing outfit in the water.

There was the first-time fisherman who hooked a nice size Mai-Mai on an offshore trip. When the fish jumped out of the water in its attempt to throw the hook, the boy heaved the rod and reel at the fish. The shocked charter boat captain asked, "Why did you throw my fishing rod in the ocean?" The reply, "I was afraid the fish was going to jump in the boat and attack me."

A favorite is about the boy who saw what appeared to be a fiery red ball on the horizon. Turning to his dad he asked, "Is that Saturn"? The dad shrugged his shoulders and looked to the guide for an answer. The reply was, "No ... it is actually the sun, which comes up every morning about this time."

Another favorite: "I caught a big one, but it got away."

Finally, a school boy asked his teacher, "does a fish have to hold its breath when it jumps out of the water?"

Tips

To lure crappies, experiment with different colors and types of jig tails. At times, they prefer twister tails over tubes or jigs dressed with Malibu hair. When all else fails, use a plain jig-head tipped with a live minnow.

Upcoming events

Safe boating class: "How to navigate Lake Norman day or night" will be held 6:30-8 p.m. March 14 at North Point Watersports, Exit 36, Mooresville. Free. Details: 704-617-6812 or email Gus@LakeNorman.com.

Free Fishing Seminar: "Bass Fishing for the Occasional Angler" will be presented 6:30-8 p.m. March 21. I will discuss how to catch limits of largemouth and spotted bass by trolling, drifting and still fishing with live baits and artificial lures. A list of Lake Norman's top 10 bass spots will be available. Details: 704-658-0822.

Boater Safety Class: The Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron's next Boater Safety Class will be 8 a.m. March 24 at the Huntersville United Methodist Church, 14005 Stumptown Road. The fee is $45. Register at www.usps.org/lake norman or by calling Bob Yannacci at 704-660-5568.

Hot Spot of the Week

Bass are moving out of deep water and staging for the spring spawn. Fish Ramsey and McCrary creeks, where the water temperature is a few degrees higher than other creeks. Anglers who use the Alabama rig continue to brag about the quality and quantity of bass they are catching.

Big crappie are hitting minnows, and white perch are being caught on Sabikis anywhere there is submerged brush or other underwater structure.

The surface water temperature varies by location but is mainly in the 50s in open waters not affected by power generation. The water level is about 3.9 feet below full pond on Lake Norman and 2.5 feet below full on Mountain Island Lake.

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