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Did You Know!
Pier Fishing has been in the Outer Banks for more than 60 years
Outer Banks is known as the "Billfish Capital of the World"
Outer Banks sportfishermen hold the all-tackle record for Blue marlin. (1142 pounds - 1974)
Outer Banks fishermen hold the world record for blue fish. (31 pounds, 12 oz - 1972)
Eight public fishing piers on the coast between Kitty Hawk and Cape Hatteras.
Eight fishing piers are: Kitty Hawk Pier, Avalon Fishing Pier, Nags Head Fishing Pier, Jennette's Fishing Pier, Outer Banks Pier Fishing Center, Hatteras Island Fishing Pier, Avon Fishing Pier, and Cape Hatteras Fishing Pier.
Fish include spot croaker, snapper bluefish, sea trout, flounder, channel bass, largemouth bass, king mackerel, cobia, bonito, sea mullet, spot bluefish, sheepshead, tarpon, yellowfin tuna, amberjack, red drum, and black drum.
Best times to go pier fishing is in the fall. Most piers are open from April through November and are also open 24 hours a day during summer and early fall. 24-hour fishing pass cost about $5-$6
Pier Information
There are eight public fishing piers between Kitty Hawk and Cape Hatteras. Most are open from April through November, and are open 24 hours a day during the summer and early fall (hours vary, so call before you go). A 24-hour fishing pass generally costs $5 or $6. Season passes are available. All piers sell bait and have tackle shops where you can rent poles (about $5 a day).
Kitty Hawk Pier, Milepost 1, Kitty Hawk, 919-261-2772
Avalon Fishing Pier, MP 6, Kill Devil Hills, 919-441-7494
Nags Head Fishing Pier, MP 12, Nags Head, 919-441-5141
Jennette's Fishing Pier, MP 16.5, Nags Head, 919-441-6116
Outer Banks Pier Fishing Center, MP 18.5, Nags Head, 919-441-5740
Hatteras Island Fishing Pier, Rodanthe, 919-987-2323
Avon Fishing Pier, Avon, 919-995-5480
Cape Hatteras Fishing Pier (Frisco, 919-986-2533)
Fishing - What & When
Winter and Spring - Channel bass, flounder,sea mullet, spot, bluefish, trout and croaker are the usual catches from pier and surf fishing which begins in March. Offshore, you will find sheepshead, tarpon and yellowfin tuna. Inshore, speckled trout can be caught around oceanside and soundsite structures and in marshes. Flounder can be caught oceanside or soundside. Cobia are good spring catches in late May and June in the sound and as the water warms they will move into the ocean. Beginning in April, you can fish for largemouth bass in the Currituck Sound.

Summer - Pier and surf fishing produces small bluefish, spanish mackerel, flounder, croaker, gray trout, and spot. The pace picks up in August as pompano move toward the northern banks. Cobia are still plentiful through July on the oceanside. Offshore fishing get serious with the biggest variety of fish available in August. Bigeye tuna, dolphin and wahoo love hot water, so late summer is when you'll find the best action for these game fish. Peak season for blue marlin is June.

Fall - Bluefish catches over 15 pounds are common and where you find big bluefish you will also find a few bluefin tuna (license required). King mackerel is the seasons offshore catch. Fish at wrecks, reefs, buoys and in the inlets and bypass the normal 30 miles offshore excursions this time of year.

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