NC Fishing Piers Fishing Forecast March 2015

March is considered the opening month for NC piers. Any that are not opened all year long generally open at some time this month. The fishing is generally slower at the beginning of the month but as the water warms fishing will improve. With the mild winter look for the action to heat up sooner than later.  Whiting, croaker and puffers will all make an appearance for the bottom fisherman. Try a double drop bottom right with hooks in the 4 to 6 size range. Bloodworms, Fishbites and fresh cut shrimp will the bait of choice for most.

In March the time of day can be an important factor. Puffers will bite throughout the day but the bigger sea mullet will hit later in the evening and may keep biting throughout the night.

Small bluefish will have anglers out with their Got-Cha plugs but the action will be sporadic.

Red drum in all sizes will be caught. Pay close attention to when the wind is from the southeast for the best catches. Night fishing will produce the most action.

Skates and dogfish will provide a lot of action when other fish are not around the best bait to use for them is any kind of cut bait and the best time to catch them are when you want to catch something else, Before you go to your favorite pier check and make sure it is open. Here are the numbers:

Kitty Hawk Fishing Pier – (252) 261-1980

Avalon Fishing Pier – (252) 441-7494

Nags Head Pier – (252) 441-5141

Jennette’s Fishing Pier (252) 255-1501

Outer Banks Fishing Pier – (252) 441-5740

Rodanthe Pier – (252) 987-2323

Avon Pier – (252) 995-5480

Oceanana Pier – (252) 726-0863

Sheraton Pier (252) 240-1155 (Closed due to damage from Irene)

Bogue Inlet Pier (252) 354-2919

Seaview Pier (910) 328-3172

Surf City Pier (910) 328-3621

Jolly Roger Pier (910) 328-4616

Johnnie Mercer’s Pier (910) 258-2743

Carolina Beach Pier (910) 458-5518

Kure Pier (910) 458-5524

Oak Island Pier (910) 278-6464

Ocean Crest Pier (910) 278-6674

Holden Beach Pier (910) 842-6483

Ocean Isle Beach Pier (910) 579-3095

Sunset Pier (910) 579-6630

Forecast by: Al Baird

Founder, North Carolina Fishing Pier Society