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  • Lake Norman Winter Hybrid/Striper Bite Heats Up

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    Winter water temps have finally reached 'normal' range for this time of year, mid-to high 40F. Active schools of hybrids are feeding aggressively along the main river channel, with stripers, spotted bass, and large white perch in the same areas. My charters have been producing up to 30 fish mornings with cloudy days most productive. Multi-hook rigs with 1/4 oz. jig heads & 3-4 inch swim baits are effective, but bucktails and roadrunners with worm or curly tail trailers work too. Live bait or vertical jigging is good when one can stay over the fish. Shad and herring colors are always good, and I like the Saltwater Assassin colors 'chicken on a chain' and 'hot chicken'. When in doubt use red on white, or chartreuse. And remember - tagged hybrids are worth $100 each if you call the 800# on the tag!
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