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Outer Banks Fishing Pier

Garry Oliver's Outer Banks Fishing Pier is a family-run business and one of the few commercial establishements in South Nags Head. Located around milepost 18.5 on Old Oregon Inlet Road, the pier offers more than just excellent fishing and expert advice. It's also the place to find Fish Heads, the super-casual neightborhood bar and grill that offers a true oceanfront dining experience. Here is the place to relax with a cold beverage while you watch the fishermen reel them in, or sidle up to the indoor/outdoor bar for friendly socializing or chilling out to live music most evenings during the season.

The pier itself is open from Easter through Thanksgiving from 6am to 10pm, and 24 hours from Memorail through Labor Day. Daily, weekly and weekend passes are available, and they are also good at the Fishing Unlimited Sound Pier on the Nags Head-Manteo Causeway. Discounts available for senior citizens and children under 11. The tackle shop offers bait, tackle and gifts, as well as rod and reel rentals. The sound pier also offers boat rentals and charters.


Story of the Outer Banks Pier

The second oldest pier on the Outer banks and the closest pier to Oregon Inlet, the Outer Banks Fishing Pier was originally built in 1958. Suffering damage from many storms, it has been rebuilt and remodeled several times since. This pier was destroyed in the 1962 Ash Wednesday storm and then completely rebuilt. In 2003 Isabel took a huge bite out of the pier leaving holes and a pier length of only 468 ft. Repaired but not restored to its full length, the water depth at the piers’ end is still a respectable 25 ft. The piers end is reserved for blue casting, pin rigs and jigging for big fish like the 92 lb. tarpon recently hooked here.

Tucked away in the remote area of South Nags Head the Outer Banks Pier is on Old Oregon Inlet Road at the 18.5 milepost. Look for the painted wooden sign that declares this as “The Family Fishing Pier, with bait, tackle, rod and reel rental and slushies” and shows a fish in sunglasses advertising Fish Heads Bar & Grill. Vines climbing up the sign posts are first hint that a visit to this pier will be an authentic experience. As you walk up to the boardwalk you see a pile of bikes leaned up against a fence, no doubt belonging to the kids who came for slushies!

No neon or high tech here. The faded aqua pier house peeps over the dune and has weathered paintings of a hot dog and an ice cream cone on the front and a well worn wooden floor inside. The knowledgable fishermen in the full service bait and tackle shop give expert fishing tips and friendly banter while you buy everything you need for fishing, including rods and reels. You can also ask here about their rental cottages which are in close proximity to the pier.

On this busy pier there is a fish cleaning station with a stainless steel top and four sinks and plenty of simple wooden benches and park benches. A walk to the end of the pier finds a larger, widened space for blue casting, pin rigs and jigging with a picnic table in the center that doubles as a place to cut bait. Note that your pass at Outer Banks fishing Pier is also good at the “Fishing Unlimited” 300 foot sound fishing and crabbing pier. Located ten minutes away on the Nags Head/Manteo causeway, you will need to have a North Carolina fishing license to fish there. With a larger tackle shop, you’ll find a great assortment of fresh, frozen and live bait and a full line of fishing needs for surf, pier, inshore and offshore. It also offers rentals on small boats and pontoon boats.

Garry Oliver, owner of 40 years, is a permanent fixture at both locations. Garry is always ready to talk about fishing, the community of fishing and to share great stories. When asked if he ever had problems with surfers jumping off the end of his pier, Garry replied “ Surfers don’t jump off my pier if I catch them first, but one time a surfer ran through the pier house with his board under his arm and made it to the end and jumped off before I could catch him. I went to the beach to confront him when he came in to the shore and asked him “Did you just jump off my pier?” The young man said “ No, a $20 bill I had in my hand flew off and I reached to get it and fell in”. Garry laughed and said he had to let him go on that one!

Everything about Garry Oliver’s Outer Banks Pier is simple and unassuming. The fish are always there, as are many faithful customers that come back year after year. It’s a wonderful place to get away to and when you do, you’ll find yourself wanting to come back!

252-441-5740
8901 Old Oregon Inlet Rd
Nags Head  North Carolina  27959
United States