North Carolina-Fishing Piers-July 22

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-July 22

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

For many people catching their first saltwater fish in North Carolina occurs off a fishing pier. This chart below from an outer banks pier suggest where you might catch what.

fishing pier

Over the past twenty years fishing piers have been under increasing financial pressure from real estate development and hurricanes. The result is more are closing every year. In the last 20 years 13 piers have closed.

Kure Beach Fishing Pier bills itself as the oldest fishing pier on the Atlantic Ocean. It was built in 1923. Hurricane Hazel on October 15, 1954 took out the entire pier.

Photo from 1953 of Kure Beach Pier prior to Hurricane Hazel. I think the fish were biting by the size of the crowd.

1953 Kure Beach Pier

Photo of the pier after Hurricane Hazel in October 1954.

Kure beach pier after Hazel

Today according to the website below there are 19 piers that you can fish from in the state. In 2001 there were 25. In 1996 there were 32.

The tallest pier in the state is the Oak Island Fishing Pier which is  27 feet high. See below.

oak island pier

The title longest pier in the state goes to Seaview Fishing Pier at North Topsail Beach. Seaview once known as Salty’s Pier, is 1,000-foot plus family-owned  Fishing Pier that features a full-service pier store and a popular restaurant where they’ll cook your caught and cleaned catch.




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