Outer Banks Fishing Piers

What’s not to love about a fishing pier? They’re simply one of the best features of a coastal area. Walking out beyond the breakers and seeing the backs of the crashing waves is special in itself, but it’s direct access to the deep-water fishing grounds that makes them so popular. Outer Banks fishing piers – seven in total – offer spectacular Atlantic Ocean fishing all year round. Five of the Outer Banks piers are located in the central Outer Banks – one in Kitty Hawk, one in Kill Devil Hills and three in Nags Head. The other two Outer Banks piers are on Hatteras Island – one in Rodanthe and the other in Avon. All but one of the Outer Banks piers are of the nostalgic, wooden variety, with spaces between the warped, weathered boards where you can see the ocean swells below your feet. Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, the only pier open year round,  is a modern concrete pier that some anglers love and some fishing pier purists avoid. At most of the piers you can find a bait and tackle shop offering the supplies, advice and snacks you’ll need for a successful catch. Some the pier houses even rent rods and reels. Species you might catch on an Outer Banks fishing pier, depending on the season, include spot, pompano, sea mullet, croaker, flounder, bluefish, gray or speckled trout, striped bass, red drum, cobia or king mackerel.

More Than Fishing at Outer Banks Piers

A trend at Outer Banks piers is to offer secondary activities like a bar, restaurant, live entertainment or event space – and it has proved to be an extremely successful move. At several of the local piers you can enjoy food and drinks, live music and arcade games. A couple of the piers have event space for gatherings and weddings. And, by their nature, Outer Banks piers attract surfers and beachgoers as well.

Outer Banks Fishing by Area

Corolla | Duck & Southern Shores | Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills & Nags Head
Roanoke Island & Manteo | Hatteras Island | Ocracoke Island

Outer Banks Fishing by Category

Fishing Unlimited

Outer Banks Piers
7665 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, Nags Head
(252) 441-5028

They have it all at Fishing Unlimited, including boat rentals, rental rods and reels, bait and tackle, crabbing supplies and a crabbing pier. You can cruise the waterways on one of the 23-foot or 26-foot pontoon boats and skiffs that are rented here at their Causeway location. If you are in the mood to wet a line, you can crab or fish from Fishing Unlimited's...read more

They have it all at Fishing Unlimited, including boat rentals, rental rods and reels, bait...read more

Jennette's Pier

Outer Banks Piers
7223 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 16.5, Nags Head
(252) 255-1501

Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head is a star attraction on the Outer Banks, drawing anglers with its 1,000-foot-long pier or visitors who simply want to walk out and watch surfers riding the waves, passing boats, sea turtles and dolphins swimming, pelicans flying overhead and much more. From world-class fishing to educational programs and fun summer camps and programs, Jennette’s offers something for everyone. The space...read more

Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head is a star attraction on the Outer Banks, drawing anglers...read more

Outer Banks Pier and Fishing Center

Outer Banks Piers
8901 S. Old Oregon Inlet Road, South Nags Head, MP 18.5, Nags Head
(252) 441-5740

The 650-foot pier is lighted for evening fishing and open 24 hours a day in season. Rent tackle and buy bait here or bring your own. Daily, three-day and weekly passes are available and senior citizen discounts are offered. The pier house sells snacks, drinks and fishing gear. Also onsite is Fish Heads, a popular bar and grill that serves up hamburgers, hot dogs, steamed...read more

The 650-foot pier is lighted for evening fishing and open 24 hours a day in...read more