Striper Guide Captain Gus Gustafson specializes in striper fishing on Lake Norman. He has almost sixty years of fishing experience in both fresh and saltwater. His fishing career began as a first mate with various licensed boat captains on saltwater charter boats in the 1950's.
Gus has fished Lake Norman since its inception in the early 1960's. He recently completed the necessary requirements to obtain his USCG Captain's License and expects the document to be forthcoming in early spring, 2005.
He enjoys sharing his fishing knowledge and boating experience with others. In addition to operating the "premier fishing guide service on Lake Norman," he is also an outdoor columnist. His weekly column, "Fishing with Capt. Gus!" is published regularly and read by thousands in the Charlotte Observer's (Iredell Neighbors Section), News @ Norman, The Lincoln Times-News, and The Observer News Enterprise. At times, the article also appears in The Salisbury Post, The Lake Norman Times and The Huntersville Herald. Additional columns and stories are written, some upon request, for publication in The Lake Norman Official Visitors Guide, The Piedmont Pilot, The Central Piedmont Outdoors Magazine, The Connection, Drift Magazine and In The Spotlight Magazine. Gus' web site
www.lakenormanstriperfishing.com features all works, including a weekly column, a monthly fishing forecast, and periodic fun fishing stories entitled, "Fish Tales and Other Stories as Told by Gus."
Lake Norman Ventures, Inc. is a multi-dimensional company owned and operated by Gus. It not only provides fishing guide services, but clients can opt to charter a tour of Lake Norman from a luxurious twenty five foot pontoon boat.
Innovative and/or useful boating and fishing products, plus gift certificates can be purchased online from the website. Products include, planer boards, striper fishing floats, souvenirs, and topographic area lake maps.
Gus provides speeches and demonstrations to clubs and organizations about lake issues and boater safety. He conducts fishing clinics and seminars at local establishments and at fishing and boating expos.
He is a past and the current President of the Lake Norman Striper Swipers, a member of the Carolina's Catfish Club, a consultant for the Lake Norman Marine Commission, a Board of Director member of the Lake Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau, and a member of both the Lake Norman and the Mooresville Chambers of Commerce.