We kicked off our spring nearshore season last weekend on the Crystal Coast. I wanted to hit some nearshore structure and see if we could find a few False Albacore or Atlantic Bonito. Every spring as water temps rise into the 60's, the Onslow Bay area becomes a hunting ground for Bonito, Albies, Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel.
We found water temps between 57 and 60 degrees, but the Bonito didn't show for us. The Albies on the other hand, were all over and more than willing to play, if you could keep up with them as they blitzed after schools of bait.
There are a few Bonito around right now, but it should really kick off in the coming week. The Albies should hopefully stay around for a few more weeks too.
Looking forward to getting off the beaches as much as possible in April and playing with all of these hard pulling speedsters.
I've got spots open through April, so give me a shout if you'd like to go look for Albies, Bonito, Blues and/or Spanish Mackerel on fly or spin before we head to the Roanoke in May.