Outer Banks has a well-deserved reputation for fishing. The fishing piers that line the shoreline are an important part of that culture.
Different fish run at different times of the year, but there is almost always a chance that something will be biting. Most of the piers have a pier house store that can offer advice on bait, tackle, and what to expect when you drop a line into the water.
A Coastal Recreational Fishing License is required for anyone over 16 years of age, and licenses are sold at the pier tackle shops. Some of the piers include the license fee in their usage fee for anyone fishing from the pier.
Not everyone on the pier is fishing. Fishing fees are usually around $10/day; to just walk out and enjoy the pier is under $5.00. Fees vary by pier.
It is important to know the current fishing regulations. Most fish have a size limit, (usually a minimum size), but some species have a maximum size that can be kept.
A number of piers have restaurants on them. Check and see if they’ll cook your catch.
Not all piers are open all year around, so it’s a good idea to call before heading out.
Outer Banks Fishing Piers (North to South)
Kitty Hawk Pier
M.P. 1, Kitty Hawk
Owned by the Hilton Garden Inn, the pier is available for fishing and public use, and also hosts events and weddings. Passes can be purchased at the hotel. The pier does not have a pier house or onsite personnel.
Avalon Fishing Pier
M.P. 6, Kill Devil Hills
One of the oldest fishing piers on the Outer Banks, Avalon extends almost 700 feet into the ocean. This pier offers a very well stocked shop with great advice.
Nags Head Fishing Pier
M.P. 12, Nags Head
Nags Head Pier is a traditional fishing pier with a restaurant and tiki bar. The food is tasty and the views are spectacular. Restaurant offers “You Hook ‘Em – We Cook ‘Em.”
M.P. 16.5, Nags Head
Huge and spectacular, this concrete 1000’ pier is by far the largest fishing pier on the Outer Banks. Because it extends so far into the Atlantic, fish may be biting here when other places are waiting for a nibble. Part of the North Carolina Aquarium system, the gift shop has something for everyone.
Outer Banks Fishing Pier
M.P. 18.5, South Nags Head
This pier may seem rickety, but don’t be fooled. It offers great fishing with a restaurant that has a well-deserved reputation for amazing food. This location often features live music, and their tackle shop is among the best.
Rodanthe Fishing Pier
Now 55 years old, Rodanthe pier has become an icon of the Hatteras Island fishing scene. One of the best places to catch drum on the Outer Banks, this pier is very family oriented.
Avon Fishing Pier
Like Rodanthe Pier, drum will often school in the waters by the pier. Looks as though it has taken a beating from Atlantic storms over the years, but the owners do an excellent job of maintenance. There is a coffee shop in the pier house.