|Raymond's Gut, just off the White Oak River three miles up river from Swansboro, North Carolina|
Even along the North Carolina coast which traditionally has great weather, it seems that we are always waiting for the next season.
Spring has been a little cooler than normal this year, but we are making great progress towards a greener landscape. The early flowers are gone, the tomatoes are blooming, and some yards including ours have been mowed.
Of course spring presents it own challenges such as winds and frequent showers but we have to be careful to not complain. A few years ago those spring showers were absent and the summer thunderstorms never came. We had a very dry year. We had blue skies every day from months. While I love blue skies, our sandy soil needs rain so I am pretty happy to see the spring showers come this year. Watering everything just to keep it alive is not much fun.
This year we are stuck without extremes. The winds have not been particularly bad this year, but the combination of slightly cooler temperatures, more showers, and enough wind to keep things interesting have conspired to keep me off the water except for a few times.
That we are having to wait until May to really get going with our boating and fishing is not that unusual and waiting until after the middle of April is about normal, but as the month moves along most of us will start to get impatient.
I renewed my fishing license last month and have listened with interest as a few fish are being caught over on the beach. Still I know it is a little early for action in the marshes along the river where I like to fish the most.
All I need is an early morning high tide, some blue skies and warm temperatures and I might go chase some of those early bluefish with my skiff while I wait for the kayak fishing to improve.
If you are interested in visiting the Crystal Coast area and the beaches and waters of Emerald Isle, our 2013 Emerald Isle Travel Guide has been released. We are doing free downloads on May 1 & 2 so it is a great time to take a virtual trip to the beach. The Kindle book can be read on just about any device. For more information on the download and the software for your device, please visit the free books page on my main website.