“Long the Cultural and Social Centers of the Town,” learn in this video by Nags Head more about the history of the town’s three fishing piers, how to be an ethical angler and what’s biting when.
The biggest time of year for pier fishing is the fall, September through mid-October, according to “Anglers from Piers: Fall is Prime Fishing Season in North Carolina,” featured in North Carolina Sea Grant’s Coastwatch publication.
According to a North Carolina Sea Grant fisheries specialist cited in the article, the fall is when “adult fish move down the beach to spawn in and around inlets. The big spots are running. The water is just right for king mackerel.”
In September through December, anglers can catch bluefish, black drum, cobia, dolphin, false albacore, flounder, grouper, king mackerel, red drum, sea mullet, sheepshead, Spanish mackerel, spot, wahoo, weakfish and white marlin, according to the state Division of Marine Fisheries.
In addition to the above fish, in black sea bass, bluefish, spotted seatrout, striped bass (coastal rivers) and yellowfin tuna are biting in October, November will see false albacore and sharks and in December, bluefin tuna.
DMF has provided a regularly updated table online to keep up with the current regulations on fish species, size and creel limits.
An ocean fishing pier license is required for those who do not hold a Coastal Recreational Fishing License to engage in recreational fishing while on the pier.
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