The fishing is excellent on all fronts. Last week, I took my best client out for 3 consecutive days of fishing, and over those 3 days we caught 3 different species in good numbers on 3 different bodies of water. On the first day, we shad fished in the Roanoke. We ended up with about 150 hickory shad. On day 2, we fished the Pamlico for speckled trout. We ended up with about 40-50 specs in the 16-20″ range. On the third day, we fished up the lower Tar River for stripers. We ended up with around 40 of those, some of which were really nice fish. Capt. Hurley had some fantastic trips as well. March has always been one of the better months of the year for fishing in Eastern NC with lots of options for anglers.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be continuing to take advantage of the shad migration. That typically peters out the first week of April. From then on, we’ll be striper fishing the lower Roanoke and other bodies of water until we go up to Weldon the last week of April. We’ll be there through the second week of May. We’ve shortened our Weldon season a little bit this year to 3 weeks, which is 2 weeks shorter than previous spring seasons on the spawning grounds. Throughout the spring, we’ll also be offering trips on the Pamlico for specs and reds. Since much of our focus in the spring has been on shad and striper on the Roanoke, we are hoping to increase our presence on the Pamlico to take advantage of the excellent spring fishing. If anyone wants to fish the Pamlico this spring, we will make it happen.

I had a cancellation on April 13. That’s great date for prespawn stripers on the lower Roanoke or specs/reds on the Pamlico. Let me know if you want it.

Here are Capt. Hurley’s revised open dates over the next few weeks: Mar. 1-4, 6-9, 12-13, 15-17, 21-24, 27, 29-31