Hello readers! It’s been a while since I posted about my fishing excursions. Due to my busy travel schedule and colder temperatures, fishing trips have been limited on my end. However, the following post will be dedicated to my recent fishing excursion in the Tar Heel State.
I just returned from a father-daughter trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina where I went pier fishing. November in North Carolina is iffy since lower water temperatures and strong winds start to take a huge toll on fishing. Though summer is more preferable for fishing in OBX, my dad and I had a great time fishing at Jennette’s Pier.
Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, NC
Prior to finding Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, I read reviews of fishing spots on Trip Adviser and other websites to see which spot has the highest return on fishing. Jennette’s Pier appeared to have the most activity during off-season. (Note: there is no guarantee how many fish you’ll catch at any given spot. However, some spots boast more activity than others. This one supposedly did.)
As I noted in my previous “Angling Right” post, saltwater fishing is more challenging than freshwater fishing. Pier fishing can be equally unpredictable as deep-sea fishing. Initial reports said to expect 20-30 mph winds, temperate of 72 degrees Fahrenheit, and some rain at Jennette’s Pier.
Here’s a nice view from the pier:
Heavenly view from Jennette’s Pier.
Despite the mercurial weather, my dad and I caught some fish–of which only a few were kept.
Here’s dad’s mullet catch. (Though it was tiny, it was quite a delicious fish fry!)
Then dad caught two skates–the non-poisonous cousin of the stingray. (Under NC law, they must be caught and released.)
Here’s dad with one of his skate catches.
And I luckily didn’t end up empty-handed either. Here’s a shark I caught and then released:
Here’s my first-ever shark catch. It was later released back into the water.
Although this fishing trip wasn’t as fruitful as we had hoped, my dad and I enjoyed some quality family time, soaked in some sunshine, and enjoyed the salty air.
Before fishing at Jennette’s Pier, note several things:
1) Purchase a one-day fishing license (valued at $12) before entering the boardwalk. It’s a reasonable deal. If you don’t purchase a fishing license, you’ll be denied entry to the pier. All fees directly bolster conservation efforts!
2) Buy some live bait, preferably shrimp. Fish always go crazy for live bait.
3) Come here during fishing season. The optimal time to fish in the Outer Banks is during the spring and summer months since they produce the highest fishing returns. If you fish during off-season, you’ll most likely catch smaller fish or fish that must be immediately released. Regardless of when you fish, the Outer Banks provide a great backdrop for quality fishing.
4) Note fish restrictions. Every state boasts its own fishing laws and regulations. North Carolina is no exception to the rule. Be mindful of what you can catch and keep. Jennette’s Pier has size/species charts handy so you know what’s acceptable to keep and not keep.
5) Keep your surroundings clean! This pier is one of the nicest piers I’ve ever been to. Very clean and tidy. If you decide to go there, be mindful of your surroundings and don’t litter.
I’ll be fishing one more time this year in sunny Florida in two and half weeks, so stay tuned for my final “Angling Right” post of the year. Happy fishing!