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.