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Old 10-12-2008, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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Default Fishing

Grandfather and kids tried a few spots but nothing that wowed them. Trying to get across that they do not need to go back to Jersey to have a decent day out!

Any suggestions in the greater-Charlotte area?

Thanks!

Sara
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Old 10-12-2008, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
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Moutain Island Lake Dam....it's like on the border of NW Charlotte.

I used to catch big catfish there..and some stripers.

Haven't been there in a while..and you will need a fishing license.
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Old 10-12-2008, 08:51 AM
 
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Best thing is to get what info you can from an experienced local fisherman. It is important to know what baits work best, what depths should be fished, knowing the proper size of hooks that are effective, and the best places, ie. coves, etc. I am a very experienced ocean fisherman and haven't fished in N.C. lakes for many years. I will begin next week. I do know that fishing is really good on Lake Norman and surrounding lakes if one knows what he/she is doing. To grab a rod and reel and worms and head to the nearest may or may not be effective. I used to have great luck doing just that. Where has your grandfather been fishing?
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Old 10-12-2008, 09:13 AM
 
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We've been fishing at Badin Lake and had some pretty good luck. We've been using red worms and have caught lots of Brim and some catfish of decent size. We rarely get "skunked" but it has happened. Since we don't own a boat yet we have been shore fishing and since the water is up in the lake there are several good spots all around the lake.
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Old 10-12-2008, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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Thanks for these replies.

Spoke to the grandfather minutes ago. (Just an FYI, he's got to be the most cantankerous old man I've ever met.) He and the boys have only been to Cane Creek (Waxhaw).

He was an avid fisherman back home, Jersey. Asked him if he has a license (as recommended here) and he replied, "I didn't need one in Jersey." I don't know what he means by that. But we've learned not to ask him a lot of questions.

But, he jumped on it and told me to get the info and he'd get one right away. Got excited when I mentioned "brim" and "big catfish".

Delighted to see I can make the purchase online. Hope I choose the right options.

If there are additional suggestions on where to go (fishing, of course), please keep them coming. As long as the old man is occupied, I'm off the hook.

Sara

http://www.ncwildlife.org/pg01_License/pg1a.asp

Last edited by saralee; 10-12-2008 at 11:58 AM.. Reason: added website
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Old 10-12-2008, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
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how old is he?

I think if he's a certain age then he can fish for free

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

You will need his driver's license to purchase it online.

I would get the comprehensive if he plans to fish in different counties, and decides to fish for trout. It's about 20 bucks
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Old 10-12-2008, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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Fishing maps and locations

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Everything can be found online, huh? GEESH, I know that!

Hope the links here helps others.

Sara
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Old 10-12-2008, 06:54 PM
 
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Try Cane Creek park, nice aea plenty of places to fish from. Becareful where you are though certain area you will need an SC license.
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Old 10-16-2008, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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Default Maybe I should have known this ...

Attempted to take the boys fishing at Lake Twitty, found out it was closed for the season. I was surprised. Simply don't know any better.

Does anyone know if the same would apply to other local lakes:

Lake Lee
Lake Monroe
Wadesboro Lake


Are the following still good bets?

Lake Norman
Lake Wylie
Mountain Island Lake


The first ones are preferred due to proximity but I'm willing to give the other ones a shot too. Hoping someone here has personal experience at either.

Thanks!

Sara
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Old 10-16-2008, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
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Mountain Island and Lake Wylie have a dam.

A lot of people go to Mountain Island...you can fish off the tailrace pier or off the shore.
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