Late-July and early-August offer both super fishing and beach conditions as the ocean heats up and the beaches sizzle. Peaking water temperatures sometimes lure in offshore species such as dolphin, sail and even squirrel fish.

Last year, pier staffer Sammy Thornton hooked and later cooked a big time Mahi mahi when the water hit 74 degrees. He sight-casted his hot pink and yellow Electric Chicken Got-Cha jig to the dolphin fish who “ate it up.”

If you’d like to have an exciting fishing experience at Jennette’s Pier, come out for the day to the longest public fishing pier in the state. New to fishing? Then sign up for our Family Fishing class offered weekends at 9 a.m. during summer.

We provide everything you need to make memories for a lifetime. In general, anglers have a shot at bluefish, croaker, flounder, pompano, spot and sea mullet this time of year.

More of a beach person? Check out the beaches around Jennette’s and enjoy sunbathing, swimming and people watching. A series of scheduled surf contests provides even more entertainment through the month.

While on the beach, you may also see campers learning to ride waves in one of our week-long adventure camps. Educational camps such as Surf and Science allow the children to have fun surfing but mix in science lessons too.

Families can learn about what lurks on the beach in the dark by attending our popular Creatures of the Night program every Wednesday at 8 p.m.Armed with flashlights and buckets, our instructors take folks out on the sand to look for ghost crabs and other critters. Everything is released at the end of the one-hour session

Another neat way to enjoy an evening at Jennette’s Pier is simply walking out on its 1,000-foot-long concrete fishing flat form. Bring your family and grab an ice cream or milkshake before strolling the pier. You may see a fish getting reeled in or view bottlenose dolphins playing in the waves with their family.

It only costs $2 for adults and $1 for children age 12 and under. N. C. Aquarium members enjoy free walkouts. Fishing passes cost $14 for adults; $7 for children 12 and under.

Jennette’s Pier is owned and operated by the N.C. Aquariums. Check out our sister facility, the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island, which is located about 15 minutes away.

If you’re looking for something fun to do this week, stop by Jennette’s Pier at milepost 16.5 in nags Head where fishin’ is catchin.’


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