Pier fishing is very similar to surf fishing but you have the luxury of being out and on top of the fish you are trying to reach from shore. Pier fishing also gives you the opportunity to target larger fish who swim beyond the outer bar; where the shallower, sandy waters of the inshore end and open to much deeper ocean. Fish such as Cobia, King Mackerel, and Sharks typically can be caught from the farthest reaches of Outer Banks fishing piers. The Outer Banks is the home to many piers including: Kitty Hawk Pier, Avalon Pier, Nags Head Pier, Jennette's Pier, and the Outer Banks Pier. Anglers of all ages can, for a nominal fee, enjoy fishing prime ocean waters without having to worry about casting distance from the beach. For an idea of where to fish on the pier, use the illustration below to guide you to your target fish.
On most days, it's up to the fish as to where they can be found, but this should give you a head start on where to make camp for the day! Most fishing piers are outfitted with bait & tackle shops, knowledgable staff, food, restrooms, supplies, and everything your family may need for a fun day of fishing. The new Jennette's Pier in Nags Head offers many fishing classes that can get you up and catching fish in no time! They also offer fishing equipment rentals for your rod and reel options; saving packing space in the car!
Click for more information on the fishing piers on the Outer Banks! There are five offering public fishing: Kitty Hawk pier, Avalon fishing pier, Nags Head fishing pier, Outer Banks fishing pier, and the brand new Jennette's fishing pier.