Lake Norman & Mooresville

Fishing: Gift ideas abound for anglers

It’s difficult to find gifts for a person who has everything, especially if that person is a fisherman. So to make this task a little easier, here are a few thoughts that might help you pick the perfect holiday gift.

It’s helpful to ask a friend or fishing buddy for ideas. Be sure to get an exact description of the item your angler is hoping to receive. Sometimes fishing catalogs left open to a particular page, or hints dropped in casual conversations, will also lead a giver to a perfect gift selection.

Another option is to ask the sales representative at your favorite outdoors store what the best-selling gift items for anglers are this season.

The nice thing about beginning your quest early is that there’s plenty of time before Christmas to make your purchases. Keep in mind that when all else fails, a gift card is a good option for the “hard to buy for” angler.

Another thing about fishing equipment: There is a never-ending stream of new items, and this holiday season is no different.

A high-dollar item on some wish lists is the Ulterra iPilot, an electric trolling motor made by Minn Kota. It features a wireless remote that uses GPS to remember fishing spots, controls speed and steering, and holds a boat in place over a fishing hole.

In addition, with the push of a button, the motor will automatically deploy, stow, and trim up and down. While pricey – starting at $1,989 – the convenience and ease of operation make it a good gift for the fisherman who has everything.

Less costly is a new crop of inexpensive fish finders beginning at $99.99: first, the Elite-3x by Lowrance Electronics. This high-resolution color unit has speed over water and water surface temperature readouts, which make it the perfect match for pontoons, kayaks and other boats with limited space.

Another low-price unit is the echo 151dv by Garmin. This black-and-white unit features DownVu, which shows easy to identify underwater objects.

Plano has a vast selection of soft-sided tackle bags that hold varying numbers of plastic stowaway boxes for lure and tackle storage. These relatively inexpensive bags are easy to stow or carry from place to place. Prices begin at $19.99.

Hot spots

Hybrid striped bass are hitting surface lures around humps and channel points at dawn and dusk. To catch them at midday, use a variety of trolling methods near deep-water channels.

Crappie fishing has improved with cooler water temperatures. Best baits to use are minnows around bridges and submerged brush piles to 25 feet deep. Bass have been constantly on the move and are harder to find than normal. Try fishing the back coves, where bait fish have congregated.

Tips from Capt. Gus

Watch for diving sea birds. They point the way to surface feeding hybrids, bass and perch.

Upcoming events

Free Fishing Seminar: “Deep Water Winter Fishing for Hybrids, Bass and White Perch.” I will discuss using live baits, shaky-heads, drop shots, Alabama and Sabiki rigs to catch cold-water fish. This 90-minute session will begin at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Gander Mountain, Exit 36 in Mooresville. For information, call 704-658-0822.

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