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Wrightsville Beach to Cape Fear River

Capt. Richard Bennett
March 23, 2003
Wrightsville Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

Real Fishing has Begun!!!

Real Fishing has Begun!!!!

Two days of very warm weather has brought the ocean alive. Today we caught false albacore (see pic), bluefish and even a few gray trout. Water temperatures are ranging from 60 in the waterway to 57+ 3 to 5 miles out. Birds are flocking over fish and bait pods and happy anglers are "chasing" the schooling fish. As the water continues to warm this week the bonito should show in numbers, mixed in with gray trout and bluefish.

Inshore: Puppy drum and black drum along with a few trout are being caught in the inlets and the waterway. Look for action to heat up quickly this week as the water clears and temperatures rise.

Nearshore: False albacore are abundant in the 2.5 to 4 mile range. Bluefish and gray trout are hanging on the reefs. Best baits are small spoons and crease flies for the fly fisherman.

Offshore: King mackerel are being caught in good numbers and large sizes in the 30-35 mile range.

Gulfstream: Good catches of wahoo, yelowfin and blackfin are reported.

Spring is here and with the advent of good fishing. Enjoy the season, remain courteous of your fellow fisherman, and be safe.

Good Fishing,

Capt. Rick

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