Fishing with family at Jennette’s Pier

Published 9:12 am Tuesday, July 4, 2023

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By Jennette’s Pier Staff

Looking for a great way to learn about saltwater fishing and perhaps catch a fish?

Then check out the Family Fishing program offered at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head offered weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. all summer long.

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Taught by pier educators, this two-hour long adventure makes fishing easy but it’s still up to you to reel in your catch!

Just the other day, the Blatz family of Byron, Ill., gave it a go.

Right out of the gate, Addi, 8, made it clear what she didn’t want to reel in.

“I don’t want to catch a shark!” she said.

The family of four relaxed on some benches about halfway out on the pier after getting some simple instruction from Meredith Fish. Yes, she has a great name to teach fishing.

While settling in, solid walls of ocean water were building, peaking and breaking below them, much to the delight of several old school surfers who used methodical footwork to get down the line of the curling waves.

Addi reels in and sees a bare barb on her hook.

“I want shrimp!” she said.

Next, mom Stacy catches and releases a small sand perch.

Addi names it Bob.

“Bye-bye Bob!” she yells as it goes over the rail and back into the sea.

The family was visiting the area for two weeks and planned to take it all in.

“We’re touring the Outer Banks from Carova to Ocracoke,” Stacy said. “We’re looking forward to seeing the wild horses.

“We’re staying in Carova and hope to have some in our yard!” she said.

Suddenly, Ryan, also 8, reels in another sand perch.

Addi names it Bob Jr.

The two are twins and look happy as they pose for a photo with “Bob Jr.”

The fish are biting good and its dad’s turn next. Gary reels in two on his rig, but one jumps off.

Addi hooks up too.

“I got a fishy – it’s Jennifer!” she said.