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Capt. Richard Bennett
March 9, 2010
Wrightsville Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

Hi Folks,
It has been a long and cold winter, but they say spring is less than 2 weeks away. Judging by today's weather and the temps forecast for the next week, maybe spring will arrive on time.Experience tells me that the fish seem to have a better understanding of when they should show up than the weather. So with that in mind it is certainly time to make final preparations for the spring run. Let's see if I can make some good predictions as to what to expect over the next 30 days or so.....

Inshore: Some specks and a few small reds will be caught in the creeks, mostly on the falling tide. My preferred baits this time of year are SaltWater Assassin plastics and Gulp. Remember in cooler waters work your baits very slowly. Fresh cut shrimp fished on a carolina rig will work well too. The docks along the ICW should hold some nice black drum that also can be caught on fresh shrimp.

Near Shore: The bluefish should be the first to show up around the near shore artificial reefs. These, along with other fishes, can be caught with your favorite jig. The bonito should be right behind the blues and can be caught with the jigs again or by trolling yozuri deep divers with spinning gear. Some gray trout might be in the mix while you are jigging.

Offshore: Way out, possibly 30 miles plus, the king mackerel bite should be happening. As the water warms the kings will migrate closer and closer to shore, following the schools of bait fish. Also, look for some fat alberts (false albacore) to be around and have a spinning rod ready and rigged with a jig for casting.

Gulfstream: Tuna and wahoo should bite well thru May. Usually there will be some nice mahi mixed in as the water warms and an occasional billfish.

Upcoming: There are still some spots available in the annual Rod-Man "In The Water" Fishing School on Wrightsville Beach (www.rodmancharters.com/inthewater-fishing-school.htm) There will be lots of teaching, door prizes and best of all the second day of the two day school will be for fishing! The school is scheduled for June 5-6. Hope to see you there.

Until next time...
Capt. Rick Bennett
Rod-Man Charters

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