When Mark Melnyk ventured from Canada to South Carolina last year to film a handful of episodes of his World Fishing Network television show, Reel Road Trip, he happened on Charleston and Capt. Tom Siwarski of Carolina Aero Marine Adventures.
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.
Winter is in the past, and now everything is biting from the fresh lakes to the salty ocean.