This is the time of year that all of us tire kickers look forward to so I thought I would help with a short list of the boat shows that take place around the area.
You can’t talk about boat shows without starting with the one in Virginia Beach, Va.
The Mid Atlantic Boat Show is running from Feb. 7-9 and it is full of some the best dealers and suppliers in the area.
If you are looking for a center console fishing boat or a bay boat or even a big cruiser, this is your show. They have vendors from marinas to boat docks and all the electronic guys you will ever need. If you fish around here, this is your show.
The next one in Virginia is the Richmond show from Feb. 14-16 and is more for the bass fishing guys. It has bass boats, center consoles and skiffs.
It also has some of the best jon boats on the market today. Throw in some great local tackle guys and you have one of the best fresh water shows around.
Here in the Carolinas, you have to travel to see a good show, but they are not as far as you might think.
We have a Mid-Atlantic Boat Show coming to Charlotte on Feb. 6-9, and they have a good selection of ski boats, pontoon boats and runabout boats that can make anyone happy.
They also have a great selection of vendors that can supply you with skis, wake boards and even real estate.
Check all the websites for additional information and go out and look at all the great things the boating world has to offer.
Maybe you will become a boater and start sending me fishing reports.
What’s biting, where...
Speaking of fishing reports, you have to excuse me if the pickings are slim this week.
Between the huge winds and the frigid temps, there are a lot of people staying in these days, but not me.
I have been looking for stripers with some hit and miss success.
We seem to have some fish at the canal at Coinjock but they like a north wind if you can get it.
The bridge at Edenton is still hit and miss, with some fish coming on a moving tide or a good wind.
Stretch baits will work at the sound bridge and swim baits are paying off at the canal.
The beach is still working on one of the best puppy drum seasons we have seen in years. We have fish hitting bottom baits with cut mullet and shrimp but if you don’t go you don’t know so get out there and go fish the beach.
Locally, we have a pretty good bass bite with soft plastics like worms or bug baits pitched onto the wood in the creeks and on the first points outside the creeks.
The water temps are looking like a good crappie bite so live minnows on bobbers that are slow trolled have been paying off for the locals.
If you get a chance to get out, then send me a picture and a report to firstname.lastname@example.org or hit me up on Facebook at Fishing With Mike.