Here at the pier, we’re ready to help you have a phenomenal fishing experience this summer. With that in mind, we’ve increased our hours to 6 a.m. to midnight.

So far this spring, there’s been plenty of bluefish biting, along with a few spotted seatrout, puffers, and sea mullet. All of these species make for delicious table fare.

Cobia season officially began earlier this month, but it’s anyone’s guess when they’ll arrive. Most anglers use a threshold of 70-degree ocean water before breaking out the live-bait fishing equipment.

When the water does warm up, even more types of fish return including flounder, sheepshead, Spanish mackerel and triggerfish. During the past eight seasons — since Jennette’s Pier was remodeled and reopened in 2011 — there have also been the occasional striped bass, king mackerel and even several dolphin fish caught.

Along with the warmer and often clearer water comes sea turtle sightings. Interactions with these animals at the Pier are handled with care, and a special release basket is ready at all times. Healthy turtles go right back into the sea, while sick or injured turtles are taken to the STAR Center at the nearby N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island, where they are cared for before their eventual release back to the sea.

This year marks the fourth year since Jennette’s entered into the Loggerhead Marine Life Center’s Responsible Pier Initiative. Anglers and other visitors can read about the program on signs located pier side.

A new environmental initiative at the Pier is focused on cigarette butts, the largest source of litter on our grounds. To combat the problem and educate our visitors about this unique type of plastic pollution, we’ve installed 42 new cigarette receptacles along with some signage.

Partnering with the Outer Banks Surfrider Foundation and the Town of Nags Head, this pilot program will collect all cigarette waste on-site and ship it to Terra-Cycle to be repurposed into compost and industrial plastic pellets.

Whether you’re planning to go fishing or just hit the beach at Jennette’s this summer, be sure to help us reduce single-use plastics and deposit recyclables in the brand new blue receptacles.

And by all means, stick your smoked cigarette in our new, colorful tubes because the butt litter stops here at the Pier.

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