Boaters and fishermen will appreciate the Outer Banks' seemingly unlimited number of marinas and piers which are located all throughout the coastline.
The marinas on the Outer Banks are multi-purpose stations, and accommodate both commercial fishing vessels as well as charter fishing businesses and private boat owners. Rental slips may be available for vacationers at many marinas that border exclusive developments, such as the Pirate's Cove marina in Manteo. Visitors who want to book a half or full-day charter fishing trip may want to explore the options available at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center or the Broad Creek Fishing Center & Marina, and sightseers will enjoy an afternoon exploring the homegrown fishing industry at the cluster of marinas located at the end of Hatteras island. These marinas, such as Oden's Dock or Teach's Lair, have been in business for over 50 years, and still remain busy providing Eastern North Carolina with fresh and locally caught seafood.
For surf fishermen who want to increase their chances of landing a larger specimen like a red drum or a cobia, the local piers are an ideal afternoon or evening excursion. The Jenette's Pier in Nags Head is especially enticing to sightseers, as the recently renovated pier features a small museum on the premises, managed by the North Carolina Aquarium. Die-hard fishermen will find that a number of fishing piers all along the Outer Banks, such as the Rodanthe Fishing Pier and the Avalon Fishing Pier, are all open for the majority of the day and night, making a pier fishing expedition an any-time excursion.
To increase your chances of landing a nice catch on your Outer Banks vacation, or to get a closer look at the daily operations of the local fishing industry, plan a trip to your local OBX marina or fishing pier.