This cold windy weather has got me down. I was shocked when I walked out my door the other morning in flip flops and shorts only to run back inside and do a quick switcharoo to socks, shoes and pants. The dogwoods are blooming, the jasmine has already dropped its blooms and I have not seen the first yellow butterfly. Dang it, the Bonita were on a sure path to divers rock and hit a brick wall of cold. I am sure they are chomping at the bit to get on them inshore glass minnows just as soon as Mother Nature allows.


 



This cold windy weather has got me down. I was shocked when I walked out my door the other morning in flip flops and shorts only to run back inside and do a quick switcharoo to socks, shoes and pants. The dogwoods are blooming, the jasmine has already dropped its blooms and I have not seen the first yellow butterfly. Dang it, the Bonita were on a sure path to divers rock and hit a brick wall of cold. I am sure they are chomping at the bit to get on them inshore glass minnows just as soon as Mother Nature allows.



With that said there is some decent fishing to be done. All of the piers are catching sea mullet, pig fish, black drum, snapper blues as well as a few chopper blues on live bait. The big news is the first spots of the year were caught Monday. They were not extremely plentiful, but there were some caught. Hopefully we will see some warmer weather this week.



The inside waters continue to have a lively bite of speckled trout up the river on pink Betts Halo-Shad as well as Mirrolures. A few flounder have begun to bite as well. There have been a few red drum caught in the same creeks as the specks.  Black drum have for sure gone on the feed. The guides who had Bonita trips scheduled this week switched over to doing some black drum fishing in the creeks and the ICW have managed to land some good numbers of good eating size (5-10 lb) black drum with cut shrimp on the bottom.



One well-kept secret is that the big chopper blues will generally get in the backwaters in more numbers than they will in the ocean early in the season. If you want a big ole chopper bluefish I would start looking for them now. You will need some live bait on some heavy mono or light wire rigs. There are usually some by the swingbridge this time of year. There are usually some big ones in the inlet as well. If you have a driving pass for the south end, give ’em a try. Remember that these big boys have big teeth and know how to use them. Make your leader at least 4 ft long as the blues will jump when hooked, head shakin’ and teeth slashing. The Soundside Park pier is a great place to catch some every year. Your cast will need to be long so you can get to the edge of the channel. Cut mullet will suffice if you cannot manage to find some larger live bait.



The weather forecast for the rest of this week and the weekend is looking pretty decent with some 70-degree weather. So get ready for the bite as it will be here before you know it.



Tight Lines and Fair Winds.



 



Capt. Chris Medlin is a third generation tackle shop owner and charter captain. He makes his home on Topsail but loves fishing all over. Most of the time you can find him at East Coast Sports in Surf City or just contact him through his web site at eastcoastsports.com.