Anthony and Riah Spencer at Jennette's Pier

Anthony and Riah Spencer of Columbia recently enjoyed an afternoon of father-daughter fishing when she caught her first fish ever, a croaker, at Jennette's Pier in Nags Head.

Celebrate Independence Day by taking a child fishing. North Carolina waives all license requirements on July 4 so you can spend quality time outdoors with your family.

Free Fishing Day was started in 1994 and is sponsored by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and authorized by the state’s General Assembly. It always falls on the Fourth of July.

At Jennette’s Pier, a fishing license is never required. Our blanket saltwater fishing license covers every guest; when you buy your pass, you’re good to go.

In general, piers provide equal opportunities for all levels of anglers and bottom fishing is fun and easy. Waiting and ready to strike are bluefish, spot and croaker, which are summer anglers’ favorite catches.

Additional common fish species include flounder, gray trout, pinfish, pigfish, pompano, sea mullet, Spanish mackerel, speckled sea trout, sheepshead, and black and red drum.

We even see an occasional cobia, striped bass, king mackerel and false albacore. On rare occasions, anglers have reeled in small dolphin (mahi mahi), sailfish and crevalle jacks.

Bluefish at Jennette's Pier

Pier anglers love to jig for bluefish with Got-Cha plugs.

With 2,000 linear feet of fishing space, social distancing in between family groups is easy. Be sure to bring your cloth face covering, however, to wear inside the pier house. Our pier shop is open and quality fishing rod and reel combos are available to rent for $10 a day.

If you’re more of beach person, you’ll love the wide open, clean beaches at Jennette’s. Spread out with your entire family and soak in some sun. Our free parking, public bath house with outdoor showers and of course the sparkling ocean make this location the ideal place to spend a day in the sun.

There are ocean rescue lifeguards on duty, plenty of places to find something to eat nearby and all the beach accessories one could dream of in the pier shop.

Looking for morning activities for children? Our day camps run from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday to Thursday. Catch a crab during Tuesday’s Soundside Explorers. Watch out, you may get pinched! Wednesday’s session focuses on pier fishing and Thursday’s we dive into science with our famous Ocean Explorers camp.

Be sure to come by and check out Jennette’s Pier this month where fishin’ is catchin’.

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