The Outer Banks has a wonderful history of pier fishing dating back to the 1930s. Most communities have at least one pier where, for endless hours, anglers can take part in the camaraderie of fishing with the other anglers while standing solitary watch over their lines and enjoying the serenity of the water.
One of the wonderful things about the Outer Banks is the variety of types of fishing available. Most people are familiar with charter fishing and surf fishing but have never had the opportunity to enjoy the unique sport of pier fishing. Pier fishing is perfect for the whole family.
The wonderful thing about this kind of fishing is that it doesn’t require a huge investment in tackle. Most adult anglers can use a 7 or 8 foot rod with a medium size spinning reel but even a small fry can catch something on a child-size rod and reel. What bait or lure you use will depend on what kind of fish you are trying to catch and the time of year. If you are new to Outer Banks fishing, you might want to speak to a few of the regulars for recommendations before you head to the local bait and tackle shop.
Pier fishing is unique in a variety of ways. Foremost is the fact that it allows anglers to drop a line straight down into deeper waters which opens the possibility of catching a larger variety of fish. Whether you are fishing for small fish, bottom fish, or game fish, you can find them all on the piers. The season and the weather determine what you might catch, but you never know what surprise is waiting to be reeled in. It could be a sea mullet or spot, a flounder or bluefish, a cobia, or even a tarpon. Several record bluefish, red drum, and stripers have been landed at Outer Banks piers.
Some of the piers are historic and famous, like the Jeannette’s Pier in Nags Head. And some are smaller and more intimate. Most are on the ocean side while a few smaller ones jut into the sounds or bays. No matter the size or location, each fishing pier has its own personality and unique “best case” marriages of bait and tackle. Pier fishing is a reasonably priced way for a whole family to enjoy a fun day at the beach.