Fishing on one of the seven Outer Banks Piers is safe and enjoyable for the entire family. Most piers have ample parking, tackle supplies and food and beverage concessions. They will also rent you equipment and supply you with everything you need to fish.
There are three things I recommend you do after you arrive at the pier but before you start fishing. The three things are: “Observe”, “Ask” and “Try”.
“OVSERVE” is the first thing – try to watch what other anglers are doing. Are they casting or just dropping the baits. What type of equipment or gear are they using. What type rig or bait are they using and are they successful with that method.
“ASK” is the next thing I do. Ask the other anglers what they are catching. What type of bait or rig works best. Your best bet for success is to copy what the others are doing.
“TRY” is the final step. Try out the information you received. Work the pier is some type of order. I start on one side and typically close in. I work my way out to the deeper water. Each time I move, I watch the other anglers. I follow the end of the pier. I then will either switch over the other side or just move close in and begin my journey from close in to the end of the pier.
A key to success on the pier is moving around to find fish. If you don’t catch something right away or after a short period – Move. I will move many times both out and back and switching sides occasionally.
There are many reasons you will not be successful on a fishing pier. But none is more damaging than using “BAD BAIT”. What do I mean about using bad bait – its’ bait that has been allowed to sit in the sun and “cook”. Air dried and stale bait will turn off the fish quickly. Keep your bait in the shade or better yet, in a cooler.
When using fresh bait, always buy the best whether it’s shrimp, squid or blood worms. More about bait later.