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Kid Friendly Fishing Places August near Nags Head

By: OBXFish4Under
7/31/2019 6:02 PM

Hello, I'm new to the board, but am enjoying reading the various posts. I'm coming up for a family vacation within the next month. We'll have several kids under 10 years of age that we want to take fishing. I've done a lot of surf and inshore fishing down here in Florida but have never been to the Outer Banks (Nags Head area). I'd love if someone could suggest a couple of kid-friendly places to fish from shore in the Nags Head area. The kids don't care about what they catch. But they also don't have the patience level of an adult. So it's important to take them somewhere where the fish nibbles will be as frequent as possible.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!!

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By: Rick
7/31/2019 7:41 PM

Little bridge going to Manteo. is a popular place or try under the big bridge farther down the causeway There is a pier under the big bridge open to the public But it is called fishing so you never know. At the little bridge is also a picnic area and room for kids to run around

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By: wayne
8/1/2019 7:53 AM

I would suggest Jennette's Pier. It is very kid friendly. Snack shop, clean bathrooms, exhibits. It is more laid back than some of the other piers.

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By: OBXFish4Under
8/1/2019 9:12 AM

Thanks very much Rick and Wayne! We will give those places a shot. At Jenette's Pier this time of year, do you think there's better action at the end of the pier, or is it better to fish closer to the beach? I hear blood worms are good bait for smaller fish in OBX, and shrimp of course. Any other bait suggestions?

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By: Pickle
8/1/2019 10:37 AM

Okay I second all the suggestions. First we all know that Children have to "Catch" or they will be bored. Size does not matter at all, it's the feel of a fish on your line. Here are some comments from a local resident and professional charterboat captain. The Little Bridge or Jennettes Pier would be the easiest for small children, No Casting Involved. Unfortunately the Little Bridge gets significantly slower during the day. Early Morning or Late Afternoon is Best!. Jennettes Pier, for children, Bottom Fishing is best.
Unless they are able to cast underhanded I would forget about the Blues or Spanish. From my experience the best Bottom fishing is about 2/3rds out just past the last Sun/Rain Shelter. The North side of the pier has parts of the old pier still in the bottom. The structure holds small bottom fish but expect to loose some rigs. There are some nice Triggers caught here along with Pigfish, very small Croakers and Spot. Directly across on the South side there is a small slough in the bottom but you have to flip out your rig about 50 yards. Depending on Tide stage it can be productive for Sea Mullet, very small Trout and an occasional Sand Perch. Bloodworms are the bait but soooooooo expensive. Shrimp will do the job quite well. Stay away from Squid which is inferior to worms and shrimp for this type of fishing. The Little Bridge has Rest Rooms and naturally is Free. Jennettes is the most expensive of the piers, something like $12 for adults and a bit less for young children. Jennettes has nice Rest Rooms, a nice Beach Adjacent to it with Bathhouse (for the non fishermen in the group) and the Pier has Security and Fishing Staff that can help beginners. The Pier under the Pirates Cove Bridge is good at times but you generally have to cast a bit. For the more Adventuresome you may want to try a Headboat (About $50 per Adult some have Children's Prices). There are Headboats at OIFC, Pirates Cove and OBX Marina. Good Luck

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By: Staggerlee
8/1/2019 11:24 AM

I have not been there since Carter was in the White House, but the Oregon Inlet was pretty good. You can fish and we also caught lots of crabs around the docks with traps.

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By: OBXFish4Under
8/1/2019 1:42 PM

Thanks Pickle and Staggerlee. That was great information and I really appreciate it! Very specific. Always good to know what's on the bottom. We will put it to good use.

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By: Spearo#1
8/2/2019 12:07 AM

Manteo Harbor area, early in the AM or after 6:00 PM

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By: OBXFish4Under
8/2/2019 10:48 AM

Thanks Spearo#1. Do you know of any particular publically accessbile places in the Manteo Harbor (for example, is fishing allowed from the docks in the marina there?).

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By: Rick
8/4/2019 5:14 PM

Thanks very much Rick and Wayne! We will give those places a shot. At Jenette's Pier this time of year, do you think there's better action at the end of the pier, or is it better to fish closer to the beach? I hear blood worms are good bait for smaller fish in OBX, and shrimp of course. Any other bait suggestions?

OBXFish4Under
. the end of the piers are usually reserved for king Mackeral rigs so unless you know how to fish for them don't go that far out I like the area just before the breakers my preferance I like cut mullet for bate but shrimp or blood worms will work. Only use small bits of the worm shrimp the same .watch out for the blood worm they can bite if you get the wrong end on your finger no no big deal but your kids might not like it

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