Outer Banks Fishing Piers have closed for the season. Or at least for most of them.
Fishing on an Outer Banks pier over the past eight months has provided much excitement, a learning experience for many and in some cases recorded some trophy catches.
Although, it’s been a great year, the weather hasn’t always been kind to our fishery. Occasional storms and hurricanes chased many anglers off the surf and piers. But on the same note, these fronts always relented quickly only to an improved catch days later.
The Thanksgiving weekend signals the un-official closure of some of my favorite places to fish.
But all is not lost though with two local piers, Avalon and Jennette’s, as well many soundside piers, bridges and docks will remain open throughout the entire winter season.
The remaining piers, Kitty Hawk, Nags Head, Outer Banks, Rodanthe, and Avon all closed just after the thanksgiving weekend. There may be staff in the tackle shops but access has stopped.
All is not lost, the Outer Banks surf should hold fish throughout the entire winter. Special gear will be needed but those dedicated enough to brave the elements can be rewarded.
The best bet for our winter anglers is to head south on the Hatteras or Ocracoke island beaches. There they will find slightly warmer water temperatures and fish should be around most of the winter season.
So if the sight of bright sunshine, sounds of crashing waves, and a brisk cool breeze against your face doesn’t chase you away, there are miles of surf to fish on or a railing on a pier waiting for you to hoist a fish over.
As we charge into the off seasons, there is much to do and learn for the coming season.
Until next time – Tightlines – Capt. Tony