If you know little bit about the history of the North Carolina coastline, you realize one of the quickly disappearing resources are our fishing piers. These monuments of our coastal North Carolina fishing heritage (the few that still exist) have been ravaged by the effects of recent hurricanes, battering storms and now coastal NC real estate development. One only has to see what is happening in Atlantic Beach with the Triple S Pier to realize these fixtures of the Crystal Coast are rapidly fading away.

Status of the Bogue Inlet Pier?

I have been told by the staff at the Bogue Inlet Pier that the property that is occupied by the Pier has been taken off the real estate market. Who is to say what will happen in the future if developers return with a boat load of money to purchase our prized pier in Emerald Isle? According to the SaveOurPier web site, as of April 8th, a collaborative effort has been mounted by The North Carolina Aquariums and the Town of Emerald Isle to construct a new pier at the current location of the Emerald Isle Beach Access# 2. The web site states these entities have been awarded a $2.2 million grant from the NC Waterfront Access and Marine Industry Fund (WAMI). These monies will be used for design work and initial construction activities for a new “Aquarium Pier at Emerald Isle.” The staff at The Crystal Coast Blog will continue to monitor these events as they unfold.

Oceanana Fishing Pier

Connected to the Oceanana Family Resort Motel, this lighted Coastal Carolina fishing pier offers the lowest priced fishing passes on the Crystal Coast. Motel guests fish for free in the off-season. A North Carolina CRFL Salt Water license is not require when fishing from the Oceanana Pier. A blanket pass is provided by the pier and the Oceanana Pier also rents rods and reels. Onsite facilities include an arcade, a bait and tackle shop with snack bar with grill. A delicious breakfast and lunch menu is available for fishermen and beachgoers at the grill. Plenty of onsite parking is available.

Oceanana Fishing Pier
N.C. Hwy. 58
Mile Marker 1
Atlantic Beach, NC
Phone: 252 726-4111, (252) 726-0863
Website: www.oceanana.com

Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier

The Bogue Inlet Pier in Emerald Isle is a 1,000-foot lighted wooden fishing pier. Serving as a popular destination for Crystal Coast fishermen, tourist andBogue Inlet Fishing Pier in Emerald Isle beachgoers, the survival of the Bogue Inlet Pier is currently at stake (see 1st paragraph). Parking in the large lot is always free for fishermen. Access to the Emerald Isle beach is steps away down a flight of stairs adjacent to the pier. The Bogue Inlet Pier offers bathroom facilities, multiple fish cleaning stations, bait, tackle and snack bar on the premises.

Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier
N.C. Hwy. 58,
Mile Marker 19
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
Phone: 252 354-2919
Website: www.bogueinletpier.com/

2008 Bogue Inlet Pier Fishing Rates

  • Season Passes- $ 200.00 for bottom fishing
  • $250.00 for King passes. Gate key is available for $5.00 for late fall and winter fishing.
  • Pier passes run from 6 AM – 6 AM each day. The next day’s pass are available after midnight for early bird fishermen (30 hours for the price of 24 hours)
  • FYI – A North Carolina CRFL Salt Water license is not require when you fish from the Bogue Inlet Pier
  • Daily bottom fishing passes are available for $8.50. (Limit-2 rods per person)
  • Children 6 and under fish for free
  • Daily King fishing is $15.00. (Limit-4 rods per person)
  • Three day bottom passes are priced at $23.00. (valid for 30 days from date of purchase)
  • Rod rentals are available for $5.00 for 6 hours ( .75 for each additional hour)