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Facts about North Carolina Fishing Piers


          In 1996 there was 32 public fishing piers in North Carolina 

  • In 2001 there was 25 public fishing piers in North Carolina
  • Today there is only 20 and only 19 are fishable
  • There were piers in 39 different locations at some point on the coast
  • The Northern most pier is Kitty Hawk Pier.
  • The Southern most pier is Sunset Pier just east of Calabash
  • Kure Beach Pier is the oldest built in 1923
  • There is 15397  feet of pier access in North Carolina at the moment.
  • Every Pier in North Carolina is carrying the Blanket Saltwater Fishing License at $4.00 a linear foot it is the most expensive of competing states ( Florida $501.00, Virginia $450.00 and South Carolina $350.00)



 Recently Closed Fishing Piers


        2003 Kitty Hawk Pier after being damage by Hurricane Isabel. There is a Hilton Garden Inn on the property now and what is   left of the pier and pier house are still standing. They hope to open a small section of the pier eventually.

  • 2004 Iron Steamer Pier closed after being rebuilt only 2 years earlier. The pier land was subdivided into 10 singles family properties.
  • 2005 New Year’s Eve the Long Beach Pier closed and was sold due to a divorce. The land is being subdivided into homes.
  • 2006 Sportsman Pier is now closed. It was razed  on  Nov 1st.
  • 2006 Triple S is history.
  • The Yaupon Pier has reopened as the Oak Island Pier
  • The Frisco Pier is currently closed.  


 Update -  Jennette's Pier - April 2010


  Ok gang, as most of your  now by now I have started a new project and that is to document as many piers current and past as possible by turning them into postcards, I have so far done Rodanthe and Sportsman's and I am looking for great pictures to use for other ones. Like the picture above. If anyone knows who is the owner of this picture and how to contact them I would love to use it. If I use anyone's picture I will give them photo credit on the card and 50 cards that they can send around. Does anyone have one of Iron Steamer? Kitty Hawk?, Triple Ess?,  Jennettes? Ocean City?, Scotch Bonnett?, Dolphin Pier? Fisherman's Steel Pier? Emerald Isle Pier?, Paradise Pier? Barnacle Bill's? or Indian  Beach Pier? I would be drolling if you did. You can send the pictures or any questions to  . Again, I need to have permission to post it online and turn it into a post card to distribute.

PS that is Thompson's Steel Pier above. The picture is owned by Doris Lancaster Thompson who along with her husband built that pier. I have gotten permission from Ms. Thompson to use it in my book (YEAH!). Also thanks to Kurt and Wayne Thompson for thier assistance in obtaining the rights,  

 Check out Outdoor writer Mike Marsh new website here:

Check out the new North Carolina Public Access Foundation website at:



The NCFPS is now on Facebook check it out here. 

 Upload your best catches of the 2010 in the Best Catch File and you could win NCFPS merchandise.



           If you are looking to catch some big fish now is the time to head to a NC Pier. 

Willis and Bill with a nice catch in February at Cape Lookout.

Dennis Hale of Pine Tops, NC with a 7 pound 9ounce black drum cautht at Sheraton

There are some nice trout being caught this fall


Fishing out of Key Largo, FL on the Flats North Carolina Angler Bill Morris scores a Flats Grand Slam, catching a Tarpon, Grouper, Permit and Bonefish in one day. Bill with his Tarpon above.

Gwen with a nice Spanish caught on the sheraton pier - Sent in by Doug

This the first of 2 nice sharks she caught just as her husband walked off the pier. .

Dan with a 25" puppy caught at the Avon Pier.

The big equipment is being moved into start work on Jennettes

Greg with a 13 pound King caught 5/22 at the Oak Island Pier

Lee with a 34.5 pound king caught on 5;/23 at the Oak Island Pier

Paul with a nice Spanish caught at the Sheraton - Doug L with the photo credits

A huge doormat sent in by Doug L. from Sheraton Pier


A good way to start off 2010 a 22 inch puppy caught at the Sheraton Pier - Photo sent by Doug L.

  If you want you and your fish(es) to be famous, email a picture and I will post it right here under recent catches, please include the pier you caught it on. You can email it to


































 (If you would like to mention your pier event on here please contact me with the information 




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