It’s no secret that one of the most popular outdoor activities on the Outer Banks is fishing. We know that not everyone who visits the OBX is a fishing enthusiast, or maybe only one or two in the group are. The whole point of family vacation is to spend time with loved ones in spite of differing interests. That’s why the various Outer Banks piers are a great way to meet everyone’s requests, fishing, lounging, entertainment, children’s activities, and the beach, all in one!
Here’s a quick rundown of some local piers and what they offer to help you plan your next Outer Banks trip.
Avalon Fishing Pier: Mile Post 6, Kill Devil Hills
Avalon Pier is great for the night time or adventurous angler. The Pier has its own bait shop and even has a webcam, so you can check out what the waters look like before even heading out. Once you have a stamp good for the day, you can take advantage of this 700-foot-long pier to catch everything from blues and flounder to cobia and kings! This pier even has a “no bystander” policy for the end of the pier to keep the clutter of extra lines, coolers and chairs out of your way while you fight reel in your catch of the day.
If fishing isn’t really your “thing” don’t worry! There’s an awesome arcade inside complete with pool tables and foosball. You can grab a bite to eat or a nice cold beverage at the snack bar while you’re there.
Nags Head Fishing Pier: Mile Post 12, Nags Head
With a bait shop and restaurant on-site, Nags Head Pier takes customer service to a new level with their “you hook ‘em, we cook ‘em” meal option allowing you to do the angling and them do the cooking. They’ll even serve it to you with French fries, slaw and hushpuppies. Even if you don’t have all your gear with you to catch your own dinner, the full-service tackle shop offers rod and reel rentals in addition to the appropriate bait and/or tackle for your desired catch.
After you’ve gotten your fishing fix and fill to eat, take a trip over Capt. Andy’s Oceanfront Tiki Bar and Grill for specialty drinks, over 30 beers on tap, live music during the in season, karaoke and dancing for a full day and night of OBX fun!
Jennette’s Pier: Mile Post 16.5, Nags Head
First built in 1939, Jennette’s Pier is truly a one-of-a-kind pier from its concrete structure that extends 1,000 feet into the beautiful Atlantic to its partnership with the NC Aquarium educational programs, aquariums full of local species of fish and special events areas for weddings and other gatherings. The pier has taken a serious beating from the rough wind and waves of hurricanes since it was built, but has been reconstructed into the wonderful landmark it is today. There’s plenty to do at Jennettes’s Pier to make a full day trip for the whole family. Even just strolling the pier can be entertaining as you read the fish plaques people have purchased in honor or in memory of loved ones and events.
As the longest OBX pier, this is a favorite spot for experienced anglers and pin riggers who are out to catch more than the occasional trout or blue. Their website has a fishing report that is updated daily to keep everyone updated on what kinds of fish are in the area and what they can expect before even arriving. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some dolphins or a Humpback Whale like the one seen on December 18, 2017.
Outer Banks Fishing Pier: Mile Post 18.5, South Nags Head
If you’re looking for fishing, entertainment and food all in one place, the Outer Banks Fishing Pier and FishHeads Bar and Grill is the spot for you. Not only can you fish from the pier itself or the shore, you can even rent a boat for fishing, crabbing or dolphin-watching, all from the Pier!
This pier is the perfect option for the visitor who really wants to see what it’s like to live like a local in the great outdoors of the Outer Banks.
Avon Fishing Pier: Avon
The world-famous Avon Fishing pier also has a pier house stocked with the necessities from rods and reels, tackle, coolers, and accessories to Avon Pier merchandise. It’s perfect for the whole family because your group can enjoy fishing, beach access, and easily accessible food, drinks, and restrooms all from the same place, making it the perfect spot for a family with young children.
There is no shortage of fun to be had for the angler in the family as coveted fish like Giant Red Drum have been known to hang out along this Hatteras Island pier.
If you’re out looking for somewhere to go with food and entertainment, nearby Pangea Tavern hosts different food and drink specials, parties and events, and is an awesome spot to grab some local beer and seafood!
Next time you are on the Outer Banks, try to make a stop at each pier to pick out your own personal favorite!