Fishermen…fishing women, fishing kids…anyone with a rod and reel in hand and hankering for fishing are giving thanks this Thanksgiving for the fishing conditions on the Outer Banks. We’ve been checking fishing report and there can be no doubt that the Outer Banks is experiencing some of the best late fall fishing we’ve seen in a while.

As far as we can tell, everyone seems to be doing well—offshore charters, inshore fishing, surf fishing, all of it.

To help things along, we’ve put together a quick little list of local fishing piers and included two easy to get to places to drop a line and see what bites.

Fishing Piers

Kitty Hawk Pier, Kitty Hawk-Doesn’t go out quite as far as other piers, but easy access and it’s free make this a good one for kids.

Avalon Pier, Kill Devil Hills-One of the oldest piers around. Great advice on what’s biting in the shop. There is a fee to go out on the pier.

Nags Head Pier, Nags Head-Similar conditions to Avalon Pier. Captain Andy’s Restaurant is worth a visit. And they’ll cook your catch for you.

Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head-Part of NC Aquariums Jennette’s Pier was completely reconstructed after Hurricane Isabel demolished the original. Concrete pier extends 1000’ into the ocean. Great fishing conditions. $2.00 pier fee.

Outer Banks Fishing Pier, South Nags Head-Similar to Nags Head Pier with a pier house restaurant. Restaurant will be closing for the season soon. At 600′, second longest pier on the Outer Banks.

Two Easy Spots to Check Out

Little Bridge, Manteo Causeway

Convenient and popular. Speckled trout and striped bass seem to like the waters. Be careful crossing the highway.

South Side of Oregon Inlet

Fishing the north side of Oregon Inlet requires a 4WD vehicle and a National Park Service Off Road permit. The south side requires pulling into a parking lot and following an easy trail that leads to a shallow lagoon. It’s very sheltered and a great place to take kids to learn how to fish.