Mac Byrum

This is the time of year that all striper fishermen/women dream of. Under the right conditions you can expect to get your limit of stripers. Ample bait is available to those that can cast a net and several outlets around the lake (Norman) are offering shad, trout and other live baits. Approx. two hours after sunrise the stripers quit feeding (unless it is cloudy) and then is the time to rig up for Mr./Mrs. Whiskers. The cats (Ark. Blues and channel cats) have moved to the back of coves in 6 to 16' of water. Live cut bait is the best bait at this time. The best way to learn a lake and techinques of fishing for fish in that locale is to hire a fishing guide, it is money well spent and saves you time and disappointment.

Fish Species: Stripers/Blue Catfish
Bait Used: Gizzard shad
Tackle Used: Bait casting reels, 25 pound Cajun line, J hooks
Method Used: Slow trolling
Water Depth: 12
Water Temperature: 63
Wind Direction: West
Wind Speed: 8+

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Mac Byrum

About The Author: Captain Mac Byrum

Company: Fishing with Mac

Area Reporting: Lake Norman, NC

Bio: Mac Byrum started fishing on Norman in the early eighties from his camper at Wildlife Woods campground. In 1986, he and his wife (Frankie) acquired a little piece of haven on the lake where they retired to in 1999. Mac has been fishing for catfish and stripers ever since, with a little time spent working at his part time job at Denver Sportsman (formally Rob and Don's Sportsman). In the mid eighties Mac joined the Lake Norman Striper Swipers and has been a member ever since. Also, Mac is a charter member of the Carolina's Catfish Club and a past president. His love of fishing and his willingness to share his knowledge of fishing is well known among his peers and those he comes in contact with. If you want to catch fish and also learn the latest techniques, Mac is your guide and teacher.

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