Normie, the Lake Norman Monster – is it a hoax, or is it real?
The question has been asked by Lake Norman visitors for more than a quarter-century. At first, its existence was only a rumor by an individual who claimed he saw something very large swimming in the lake.
Next were tales from anonymous scuba divers inspecting the dam. As they swam near the bottom of the lake, a burst of water pushed them toward the rocks, and something large swimming above them turned the water black by obscuring the sunlight. The astonished divers freaked out.
Hundreds of monster sightings have been reported since – so many, in fact, that Matt Myers of Mooresville developed a Web site, www.lakenormanmonster.com, where people can post their observations. In 2007, 10 incidents were reported.
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Matt learned years ago that those who report sightings of space ships hovering overhead, mermaids, monsters or alligators in the lake are viewed by their peers with suspicion. But he wanted a venue to welcome such discussions without fear of reprisal or undue criticism. That's when he created www.lakenormanmonster.com.
While some sightings are suspect, Matt believes there is enough substance to think there might be a creature lurking below the water's surface. He says, “The following comments give credence to a monster theory and bear further investigation:”
“I was swimming in the northern part of the lake when I saw the water divide, and something sticking out of the water was coming toward me.”
“The ‘catfish' I saw was definitely bigger than I was. It was dark gray and approximately 4 feet long and 2 feet wide.”
“Other large lakes have legendary monsters,” Myers said, “so why not Norman? Lake Norman is the state's largest lake, with water depths to over 130 feet, and it has more than 500 miles of shoreline – lots of room for a monster to roam.”
The Web site is loaded with reports of unusual sightings and strange happenings. It's a fun site to visit. The next time you have some free time, visit Matt's site. Also, do a little monster hunting on your own when cruising Lake Norman.
On Thursday, Light House Marine Services will offer an instructional boating course called “How to Safely Navigate Lake Norman.”
Registration fee for the three-hour class is $25. The class begins at 6:30 p.m. at Gander Mountain, Exit 36, Mooresville. To register, or for more information, call Lt. Scott Spivey, 704-587-0325, or visit www.Lmservice.org .
Also at Gander Mountain is a free fishing seminar by Capt. Gus Gustafson, Deep Jigging for Summer Stripers and How to Catch White Perch with Sabiki Rigs, 6:30 p.m. July 23. Call 704-658-0822 for additional information.
Tips from Capt. Gus
Summer weather makes it difficult to keep bait alive. Even worms fade quickly when exposed to excessive heat. Store the carton of worms in an ice chest while fishing.
Hot spots of the week
Stripers are in good numbers on deep-river points and near Cowan's Ford Dam. Bass fishing around boat docks is best from sunset to sunrise. Perch continue to please those using cut bait, jigging spoons and Sabiki Rigs.
The water level is currently 2.6 feet below full pond. Water surface temperature is in the high 80s and low 90s.