Fishing With Capt Rick and Capt Jeremy (2013)
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By: Capt Rick Reynolds
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I had a 6 hour 4 person trip today for Miss Judy Charters. We had a predicted cold front move thru and a small craft advisory was in affect for parts of the area. This translates to very high winds. We are also on the cusp of a full moon and got to experience the 8+ foot tides and swift current today. However we fished very hard for all 6 hours and caught some speckled seatrout, bluefish and 1 Bonnethead shark. On the plus side the anglers were all very good and did their best to catch what we did. Water temps approached 70.

I had a 5 hour 3 person trip today for Miss Judy Charters. We are on a full moon and the tides are high and the current fast. Combine that with a 20 knot wind out of the Northeast and you have very dirty, almost unfishable water. Water temp was 68 today and the air temp fluctuated. We kept 3 Bonnethead sharks and released everything else. A very tough day on the water.

I had a 6 hour 2 person trip leaving the marina at 7am. I had A father and daughter from Conneticut on the boat today. The water temp was 68 and very stained. Wind was not too bad at 7am, but continued to pickup steadily as the morning progressed. By 10 am we had to leave Wassaw Sound and fish inshore due to a high wind advisory. Winds were expected to gust up to 35 knots after 11am. Over all we did pretty good and released several keeper trout, some blue fish and 2 nice bonnethead sharks. Bridget had wanted to catch one and hers was about 15 lbs. Both her and her Dad were a pleasure to fish with and were excellent anglers.

I had a 6 hour 3 person trip today departing at 7am. Water temp dropped a couple degrees overnight to 68 and never got any warmer today. Wind was stiff out of the East at 15 knots and kicked up the sound pretty good. We caught a few speckled seatrout and 1 nice bonnethead shark. We worked hard but managed a few keepers and some short trout. Also missed a few fish as well.

I had a 4 hour 2 person trip for Miss Judy this morning leaving at 7am and a 4 person 5 hour trip leaving at 12 noon for her today as well. There were a couple of us that doubled up and it was tough fishing. It was windy out of the north this morning then switched to the south, both winds were opposite the tides. Water temp crept up to 70°which is a very good thing. Action should pick up in the days to follow. Both trips kept some trout and the 2nd trip caught and released some bluefish, and bonnethead sharks, the first for us this year. IF you want to catch fish to eat, the best thing going now is whiting on the bottom.

I had a 4 hour 4 person trip for Miss Judy. Mine was part of a 2 boat trip. We tried for trout for a couple hours with no luck and Capt. Alan was going for Redfish with no luck, so the decision was made to go see what was biting on the bottom out in Wassaw sound. MY boat released about 15 smooth Dogfish. It wasn't the target species, but the water is still colder than on Dec 29th. Today it got up to 58.4. Air temp was a balmy 46 at 7am. We are around a new moon and the tides and currents are faster and higher than normal. We had a high tide of 8.3 feet today.

I get asked alot when is the best time to catch fish. No one can guarentee that you will catch something, but I always encourage people that if your aim is to catch alot of fish, go after EASTER. Easter falls on a different calendar day every year, but one thing is pretty certain and that is Easter is the FIRST Sunday after the First Full MOON after the vernal equinox. The vernal equinox is usually around March 21. So Celetial speaking Easter is a real good day to expect to start catching alot of fish. Water temps usually are at least 65 degrees by Easter, however this year they were not.

Notice the 56.7 water temp on the Furuno.

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