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Carolina Beach Fishing Pier

CLOSED FOR FISHING DUE TO STORM DAMAGE!  No word on if new owners will rebuildCarolina Beach Fishing Pier, nestled in Carolina Beach, North Carolina, stands as a significant fixture in the local community and offers a classic pier fishing experience. This 700-foot wooden structure extends into the Atlantic Ocean providing both novice and experienced anglers with abundant fishing opportunities.

Historical Background

Originally built in 1810, Carolina Beach Fishing Pier has undergone various changes and repairs over the years, particularly following damage by severe weather events. It continues to serve as a cultural and recreational icon on the Carolina coast, contributing significantly to the local economy through tourism and fishing activities.  In 2018 the pier was sold to an unknown buyer for roughly 2.5 million dollars. This ends several generations of Phelps family maintaining the pier.

Fishing Calendar at Carolina Beach Fishing Pier

Here’s a guide on what anglers can expect throughout the year at Carolina Beach Fishing Pier:

  • Spring (March-May): Ideal for catching flounder, bluefish, and the early runs of Spanish mackerel.
  • Summer (June-August): Peak season for Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, and bluefish, which are abundant due to warmer waters.
  • Fall (September-November): A great time for red drum, black drum, and the continued presence of mackerel species.
  • Winter (December-February): Although quieter, there are opportunities to catch whiting and occasionally striped bass.

Main Types of Fish and How to Catch Them

  • Flounder: Best targeted using live bait such as minnows or artificial lures bounced along the bottom.
  • Spanish Mackerel: Respond well to shiny lures and fast-moving spoons, especially during high tide.
  • King Mackerel: Typically caught using larger live baits or spoons trolled behind the boat.
  • Bluefish: Effective methods include casting metal lures or using cut bait in areas with high fish activity.
  • Red Drum and Black Drum: Can be caught using bottom rigs baited with cut bait, crabs, or shrimp.
  • Whiting: Best caught with small pieces of shrimp or squid, fishing close to the bottom.

Amenities and Activities

Carolina Beach Fishing Pier is equipped with an on-site bait and tackle shop, a grill and snack bar, a game room, and even a restaurant with a full ABC permit for refreshments. These amenities make the pier a perfect spot for family outings and long fishing days.

Recreational and Conservation Efforts

The pier is involved in various conservation efforts aimed at preserving marine life and promoting sustainable fishing practices. It also serves as a venue for community events and educational programs that help raise awareness about marine and environmental conservation.


Carolina Beach Fishing Pier is more than just a fishing destination; it’s a vibrant part of the community that offers a unique blend of historical charm, recreational fun, and educational opportunities. Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor, the pier provides a scenic spot to cast a line, and enjoy the ocean breeze. 


1812 Canal Dr, Carolina Beach, NC 28428, USA


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Tiki Bar is Open but fishing is closed

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flounder bluefish Spanish mackerel mullets sheapshead king mackerels red and black drum

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1812 Canal Dr, Carolina Beach, NC 28428, USA

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