Pier and Surf December 2015 Fishing Report

Shawn Schroeder of Dudley North Carolina with a king mackerel
Shawn Schroeder of Dudley North Carolina with a king mackerel

[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ovember is an underrated fishing month in the Carolinas but December could be the most underrated. Most anglers stop fishing and many of the piers begin to close as soon as the fisherman and or fish become scarce. There are fish to be had on any North Carolina Pier during the final month of the year.

Because many piers do close and start to close somewhere around then of November it is a good idea to call first before you go. Some piers like the Holden Beach Pier, Johnnie Mercer’s Pier, the Jolly Roger Pier and Seaview Pier generally remain open all year long.  Mark your calendars the 11 annual Johnnie Mercer’s Pier Dogfish Tournament is next month on January 30th.

Speckled trout will be a favorite target in December fishermen will use Gulp Baits, Mirro Lures and live minnows. Fish right behind the breakers for best results.

Red Drum will also be caught. Cut bait and gulps are primarily the best baits. Evenings and low light times will out produce clear days.

Black drum on cut bait and shrimp will dominate the month. You can find them all along the north side of the pier. Bluefish, croaker, puffers and whiting will all be caught as well.

Will the stripers finally make a return this year?

Here are the numbers to check with your favorite fishing pier.

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

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