The local pier is where many fishermen congregate to hook their catch. Piers offer instant deep-water access that makes it easy to catch fish. It’s simpler and cheaper than fishing from a boat, and there’s no seasickness. From the weathered faces of everyday anglers to the fresh smiling faces of once-a-year fishermen, all experience levels practice their sport on local piers. By casting bait over the railing of a pier on the Outer Banks, anglers can hook a large variety of fish. Just drop a hook with a good hunk of shrimp or squid for bait close alongside a pier piling, and something like a croaker or spot will come along and eat it sooner or later. Serious anglers, those with more skillful techniques and live bait, can catch king mackerel, bluefish, cobia or even sharks.
Wherever you are in the Outer Banks, you’re not too far from a fishing pier. Take your pick of these 6 piers for a relaxing day on the water.
Avalon Fishing Pier - This pier is nearly 700 feet long and offers fishing and sightseeing passes You can buy bait and tackle, rent tackle and get snacks and food here. MP 6, Beach Road, Kill Devil Hills, 252-441-7494
Nags Head Pier - This 750-foot pier offers fishing passes, a bait and tackle shop with tackle rentals, sightseeing passes, a game room and a restaurant. MP 11.5, Beach Road, Nags Head, 252-441-5141
Jennette’s Pier - This 1,000-foot concrete pier is covered with wooden planks to give it an old-time feel. It’s the Outer Banks’ newest pier, opened in 2011, and it’s owned by the NC Aquariums. It’s an educational facility as well as a fishing pier, and educational programs and day camps are offered here. Inside are aquariums, a tackle shop and a convenience shop. MP 16, Beach Road, Nags Head, 252-255-1501
Outer Banks Pier and Fishing Center - This 650-foot pier in South Nags Head offers fishing and sightseeing passes as well as a bait and tackle shop and tackle rentals. They also have FishHead Grill, featuring steamed seafood. MP 18.5, Old Oregon Inlet Road, Nags Head, 252-441-5740
Rodanthe Pier - Known as the Rodanthe Pier, this one is 796 feet long. It offers bait and tackle, tackle rentals, fishing and sightseeing passes and a convenience store and game room. Atlantic Avenue, Rodanthe, 252-987-0030
Avon Pier - Avon Pier is about 650 feet long and offers a pier house store with bait and tackle, tackle rentals and a convenience store and snack bar. Fishing passes and sightseeing passes are available. NC Highway 12, Avon. 252-995-5480