What a tease today was on the Outer Banks. The sun was out, the high temperature was in the low 70s, there were a few fishermen dangling a line in the sound on the causeway in Nags Head—all and all, there was a real craving for the warmer weather that we all know is coming.

But it was a tease—the first day of spring may be just a bit over two weeks away, but old man winter is not going away without a fight. I looks like deteriorating conditions on Thursday and a cold, cold day on Friday before things begin to improve again.

Too bad too, because the fish were starting to bite again and a couple of charters got out to the Gulf Stream with one of them reporting in with bluefin tuna.

Surfers were catching a break as well with some good conditions today—even break and waist high waves. Water temperature seemed to be around 37, though, so it was a drysuit day.

After this cold spell, it does look like things are going to steadily improve. Just ten days to Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 15 followed by the Outer Banks Taste of the Beach Thursday-Sunday, March 19-22. The weather should be much improved by then.

That’s a great week for a spring fling on the Outer Banks.