Fishing piers are finally beginning to see some action on the northern Outer Banks. The calendar says so but Mother Nature is pushing back. The occasional fronts have challenged even the heartiest angler. But conditions are changing quickly.
Starting from the north regions and heading south, here is our pier opening status:
Avalon Fishing Pier has been open all year. The pier hours each day are 0600 until 1000 pm daily
Nags Head Fishing Pier is still closed. The pier sustained damaged over the winter and repairs are progressing. They expect to open in several weeks. Stay tuned for updates.
Jennette’s Pier has been opened all year. Spring hours changed on 31 March to 0700 until 900 pm daily.
Outer Banks Fishing Pier opened on 29 March. They will be open from 0600 until dark or after according to mgmt.
Avon Fishing Pier is still closed. They too sustained damage over the winter due to the winter storms. Anticipated opening is not until mid-May. Stay tuned for updates.
Water temperatures along the northern beaches are still in the upper forties to lower fifties. It won’t be long before we begin to see those spring species in the surf and piers. For some immediate action, there are always a few skates and dogfish to tighten your lines.
The southern beaches water temperatures continue to hover around the upper fifties to lower sixties. Many of our perennial local species remained in the surf all season and are a favorite target of both fresh bait and artificial lures. Best time to go is now.
After a tough winter, the spring season is shaping up to pick up where our fall fishery left off last year Couldn’t come at better time for those house-bound anglers..
“Remember, last year’s defective gear can cause you to lose this year’s first fish.” Don’t Wait. Repair it Now!
Until Next Time – Tightlines – Capt. Tony