Capt. Rick Bennett had the outboard on his boat warmed up and purring quietly as his fishermen ambled down the dock just before dawn. As soon as their gear was stowed, he cast off and headed toward Masonboro Inlet and an impending sunrise over the Atlantic.
The calendar said it was springtime, but with the wind whipping out of the north and whitecaps in Beaufort Inlet said otherwise. Back in the Newport River marshes, however, with the surface of the water barely rippled, Dave Dietzler was directing traffic.
Is it finally spring? Yes, it is, and that means bass and puppy drum - among others are biting.