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Difference Between Piers

Difference Between Piers




Hi! First time on this forum, please be gentle!

My son wants to try his hand at fishing. I know 100% nothing about the subject. I'm thinking the people who work at the piers could help me get set up for a day with a rental and bait but I'm wondering if there's a 'best' pier? Are there any differences? The crowds seem a little intimidating so I'm trying to learn everything first before I embarrass myself or my son. Thank you!!!!! smiley


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Where are you staying?


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We usually stay around MP 12 but that's with friends. the big new pier there seems more like an amusiement park than a 'real' fishing pier but ofcourse i have no idead what I'm talking about!

This year it will be just me, my sister and my son so we thought we might check out Hatteras since we never stay down there and it seems sorta more outdoorsy and less crowded. But, we have a car so we could be almost anywhere in an hour!


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How old is your son?


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Rodanthe Pier


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For a beginner, I would suggest Jeannette's Pier. They seem to be more family oriented than some of the others. Also, they hold clinics daily during the summer for beginners. While I always fish at Avalon, as many locals do, I think Jeannette's is better for kids. If you son seems really interested, its not going to cost a whole lot to buy a starter outfit instead of renting.
Pickle may chime in on this...he is the local expert.


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I think the key question is how old is your son? Without someone with fishing experience, it will probably quickly become frustrating and boring for everyone.

You'll definitely want to go to a pier. You can rent everything you need and won't need to buy a licence. They'll also be be able to guide you in what bait is working best.

As mentioned, if you are staying north, Jeannette's Pier is a good one (yeah, it's a real pier, it's just really nice). If you are going south, either Rodanthe or Avon are good. I haven't fished from either (I prefer surf fishing), but the guy in Rodanthe was friendly when I bought bait.

If someone sees you struggling, you'll likely get offers to help. Also, watch what the others are doing and don't be afraid to ask questions. I hope you and your son have fun!

John


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Good Question. All the Piers both North (KH to SNH) and Hatteras Island are good (explanation needed here). I must admit that "Regulars" will differ on that. Yes, some piers might be better at certain tides, seasons, have more amenities, even better coffee. Let's not confuse you as you say this is your first time. You don't say how old your son is. Even without that info, I would choose Jennettes Pier. It is the Longest/Widest and Cleanest. It has benches, sun/rain shelters, tackle shop. However it is a few dollars more than the others. It is a fishing pier, but it has other non fishing amenities like a two story pier house with decent restrooms, largest parking lot with great beach access and a small aquarium exhibit. It is owned by the NC Aquarium and they have people who specifically help beginners and offer great classes on fishing. It is known as a Family Pier as someone else said, especially at night. A very good thing since some piers have a crusty night crowd. You can rent tackle and buy bait, but you may be interested in buying an inexpensive rod and reel combo for about $35 in Walmart or TW's tackle shop. Your son is not going to do any sophisticated fishing such as Pin Hooking or Jigging the first time so you don't need any expensive stuff. You just want him to catch fish. He will bottom fish simply by dropping his baited rig to the bottom and wait for a bite. At Jennettes Pier there are plenty small fish to keep him busy. I think you will be very satisfied. "Leave one for me"!


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Jennettes is close to where you're staying. Some simple bottom fishing. If the time is right the kid could have a fun time catching lots of sea mullet using easy bait like ezy flea fishbites or shrimp or small pieces of squid.


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Good fishing is dependent upon wind, weather, tide, time of day, temperature, sea conditions, etc. so you need to get some 'real time' information about the best time to fish. Garry at the Outer Banks Pier (MP 18.5) is very pleasant and helpful. I would suggest you stop by and ask him when you get into town.


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This year it will be just me, my sister and my son so we thought we might check out Hatteras since we never stay down there and it seems sorta more outdoorsy and less crowded. But, we have a car so we could be almost anywhere in an hour!


If your coming down farther south towards Hatteras the Avon fishing pier is nice.


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My vote also goes to Jennett's. They offer a bunch of classes that are fun for kids & helpful. You can rent any equipment you need, rather than buying just for a few days.


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Sam:AND, if your son is old enough to fish in the surf and waves cooperate can use try using same rod, reel, line and bait in the surf - but you might need a heavier sinker. My son -1st time - enjoyed pier fishing but greater thrill when he caught fish out of the surf ! Just buy him a sand spike !!!