My Latest New Book

My Latest New Book
The Complete Angler

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Get ready for the cold weather fishing on the lake

The water temperature on Lake Norman is holding around 57 degrees and that's a great temperature for all species in the lake. Unfortunately that will not continue forever. Within a week or so the water temperature will drop into the low 50's and possibly high 40's and at that time the bait fish will seek warmer water. The bait will leave the coves and creeks and go into 40 to 50 feet of water where a degree or two will be more comfortable for them. As the bait schools go, so go the bass and other predators.
You will probably see fish holding around the 20 to 30 foot level until mid January or early February and then they will go slightly deeper to around 30 to 40 feet.

You can fish using nearly the same trolling techniques that you would use in shallow water except that you must use more weight to get that bait down to where the fish are. Live bait is always best in cold water but move the bait very slooowly.

Hybrids are finding their way south in the lake and they like live bait, fish them just as you would fish bass.

Don't forget to pick up your free copy of The Angler Magazine at sporting goods stores. My article this month is about red fishing in South Carolina.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Sometimes It's Not About Fishing

After waiting 20 years I finally wrote the book, revealing all of the back room facts about the hostile takeover of Grumman by Northrop. I was in a unique position during all of the events leading up to and including this hostile takeover, to document the real information that was never before revealed. The book is titled :The Last Chapter" and I wrote it because I wanted to close the book properly on this great company.
 The book discusses the many political issues related to maintaining a defense company during difficult budgetary times and also points out the difficulty of operating a large defense company from a state that has no real political clout. Anyone that worked for Grumman or was even remotely associated with the Long Island New York area will be interested in reading this book. The book can be reviewed and purchased at my new web site

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hatteras Fishing is Great

Once again this Fall the Mooresville fishing group including Howie Anger of Nashville who defected the area last year, traveled to Hatteras for our semi annual fishing trips. We did two days with Captain Buddy on the Hatteras Fever II. First day produced three tune, three wahoo and about 15 mahi mahi. The second day was a mahi day with 20 caught in a single bail. Weather was great and the fish generally cooperated. On the third day we tried to catch some red fish in the sound but they were nowhere to be found, only one flounder and one speckled trout.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Bass Still Not Nesting

Despite the rapid rise in the water temperature, I have seen no indication that the bass are ready to spawn. The females are not very fat with eggs and the males are showing no signs of preparing the nests. I have found that the bass are still in 15 to 20 feet of water and I am finding them off the deep ends of the docks. catching good size fish with split crank bait lures. Not finding many large schools of Shad inside coves and channels. bass are still hitting trolled shad n 20 feet of water. I believe that the extra cold winter has stretched out the desire to spawn and the fish are holding off thinking that there will be another cold spell.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Wheels and Reels

On Wednesday march 12, i participated in a filming by the World Fishing Network of a local fish-off of two teams consisting of one local angler and one NASCAR driver on each team. I fished with Michael McDowell driver of the number 95 can. We competed against Lou Mintzer who teamed Blake Coch. I rode with Capt. Gus in his boat and Lou rode with Capt Craig Price in his boat. The program will be aired in the fall and is titled Wheels and Reels.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

It;s Not All About Fishing

I do take some time off from fishing to get involved in other outdoor activities. My regular new York State deer hunting took place last week and I spent a few days with my son John. We hunted on his acreage in Sullivan County and saw several nice deer. I got this 6 point buck the first day.

I spent the rest of the week taking photos of all of the other bucks that were in the area including this nice 7 pointer that is waiting for me next year.
Now I can return to my writing about fishing along with my days of frustration concerning out country's political situation. At least when I fish and write I can get something done right. That's more than the Government seems to be able to do.