Latest News from Roanoke Island

Bull Red Drum

News Article From: jp on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Sadie McCreery of Roanoke, Va., landed this red drum Monday morning. She used cut bait to lure the bite and a heavy rod with a conventional reel to bring it in. The 44-inch long “bull” fish had a girth of 26.5 inches. The fish was so heavy, she had to have help from Manteo angler George Cecil to lift it. Red drum are the state fish of North Carolina and a protected species. Smaller ones in the 18 to 27-inch range, can be kept for eating. Sixty some of these beautiful fish have been landed at the ocean fishing pier over the past three days.















First Big Red

News Article From: jp on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Off duty pier security guard Mike Preziotti holds up his first citation-sized red drum he's ever caught off of Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. This 42-inch beauty was caught and released on Monday when anglers landed 18 big ones. On Sunday, 42 bull red drum were caught, measured and released.














Swept beach

News Article From: jp on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Sisters Kayla, 8, and Leah, 5, Chesson of Kill Devil Hills did a wonderful job picking up trash along the beach next to Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head Saturday morning. The girls are pictured with Dare County N.C. Big Sweep Coordinator Scott Lawrence and Karen Pinion, zone captain and business manager at the pier with her new 11-week-old puppy, Sha. The Chessons learned a lesson about keeping their home beaches clean, said family members. Outer Banks Surfrider Foundation organizes and coordinates the event, which is a state-wide clean-up effort in its 28th year.


















Big Red

News Article From: jp on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

The Fourth Annual Red Drum Tournament will be held at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. with lines in the water from 8 a.m. to noon. The top prize will go the longest red drum caught. Additional prizes will be awarded for longest fish in a number of other categories such as bluefish, croaker, spot, flounder, trout and more. Register online or at the pier the day of the event.




















Portions of pier to close for turbine maintenance

News Article From: jp on Monday, August 11th, 2014

Sections of Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head will be closed for regular maintenance on the wind turbines Monday, Aug. 18, through Friday, Aug. 22.

A crew from Bergey WindPower out of Norman, Okla., will complete the work on the three wind turbines.

For safety reasons, large “fall zones” underneath each wind turbine must be closed to the public.

Conducting safe wind turbine maintenance is heavily dependent on weather conditions, according to pier Director Mike Remige.

“Historical weather data indicates the winds are at their lightest in the Outer Banks during the first three weeks of August,” he said.

“These prevailing conditions will be safest for the technicians who will be climbing the towers and hoisting the blades and other components,” Remige said.

“There is also a strong desire to complete the work before the peak of hurricane season in early to mid-September,” he said. “This way, we can avoid any further wear-and-tear on the wind turbines from extreme weather events.”

Workers will begin on the wind turbine closest to the pier house and work their way out to the second two wind turbines. Once each section is complete, it will reopen to the public.


Fishin is Catchin’

News Article From: jp on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Sam Thornton of Nags Head landed this beautiful 40-inch-long cobia Wednesday afternoon at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. The fish took a live bluefish while Thornton was pin-rig fishing off the end. The water conditions were excellent - clear, green and 76 degrees.














Young angler decks king mackerel, cobia

News Article From: jp on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Kenny “K.J.”Crawford Jr. has a whale of story to tell when he returns to school in a few weeks. Actually, he’s got two big fish stories to share.

That’s because this 12-year-old angler hooked into a monster king mackerel while pin-rig fishing on Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head early on Wednesday, July 30. The 47-inch-long, 26.5-pound fish grabbed his live bluefish bait at the surface and ran. When it was finally on the deck, Crawford was grinning from ear to ear.

“It felt good,” he said.

“He was on cloud nine,” said Crawford’s fishing companion, Chris Reed of Gaithersburg, Md., who had given the young man a ride to the pier before sunrise. The two met on the pier last year. K.J.’s dad, Kenny Crawford Sr., was also flying high.

“This week, he’s been on fire. He decked a cobia and king. He’s excited, he’s tore up,” he said. “It’s all his own equipment he bought and paid for himself.”

Pier regular Spike Stevenson of South River Rods gave K.J. a good deal on his fighting rod, and the Shimano TLD 15 reel came from an unlikely place, the senior Crawford said.

“A guy on a boat found the reel in the bilge of a charter boat. We cleaned it up and that’s what he caught it on,” Crawford said.

As for all the additional equipment required for serious pier fishing such as pin-rigging, K.J. has his own money-making enterprise to pay for it – cutting grass.

The rising seventh grader at First Flight Middle School decked the 32.5-inch cobia on Saturday, July 26. The fish didn’t meet the required legal measurement of 33 inches and was released. Cobia is considered a prize catch by most anglers. Having to release the cobia didn’t seem to matter much to K.J., who was still excited about the catch four days later. “It came up on the north corner, just a little dink,” he said about the fish’s size. The king definitely fought better.”

The king mackerel represents the third species of this pier angler’s grand slam: He also caught and released a 45-inch bull red drum last fall. The 47- inch king mackerel represents his biggest fish to date.

The senior Crawford got the call that K.J., which stands for Kenny Junior, was hooked up while he was at work Wednesday morning. He dropped everything and headed to Jennette’s Pier.

“He started the serious pier fishing last year,” Crawford Sr. said. “But he’s been fishing since he was two years old. Since he was big enough to hold a rod and walk.

“I gotta’ go back to work,” he told his son. “Bye, I love ya!”

K.J. went straight back to his set up to wait for the next big fish to come along.

Catch of the Day

News Article From: jp on Friday, July 25th, 2014

Rob Rollason of Kill Devil Hills caught this 52-inch, 60-pound COBIA before noon. The girth was 25.25-inches. The fish swam in between the pilings twice and two pelicans flew into Rollason's line before the fish was landed. The fight lasted around two hours.

















King of Fish

News Article From: jp on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Travis Kemp of Currituck caught this 50-inch long, 28-pound king mackerel while pin-rig fishing with a live bluefish from the end of the pier this morning. It's only the third king mackerel caught since the pier reopened in May 2011.












Jennette’s reports tremendous success

News Article From: jp on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

With its alluring oceanfront location and world-class fishing, it’s only natural that millions of people have visited Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head since it reopened in May 2011 as part of the N.C. Aquariums.

During those past three years, an estimated 2.8 million visitors have visited the facility’s 1,000-foot long fishing pier, pier house, gift shop and pristine public beaches, complete with bathhouse, outdoor showers and parking. And, for the first time, the pier brought in more than $1 million this fiscal year ending June 30.

Attendance records show 958,298 people visited Jennette’s in the last 36 months, with 90,785 paying to fish from this longest public pier in the state. Another 14,560 took part in one or more of the 872 fishing programs taught by the pier’s education staff.

The state’s public schools are also fans of the new, family-friendly educational facility. Some 10,700 students on field trips have participated in classes such as basic fishing, hands-on solar and wind energy experiments, and beach explorations. Students arrive by the bus load, primarily in spring and fall. Many students have never seen the ocean, much less caught a dogfish or skate.

While the Outer Banks have become a destination wedding Mecca, Jennette’s Pier has emerged as a premier wedding venue. Couples exchange vows on the wide open beach alongside the pier and host their reception in the pier’s elegant, second-story Oceanview Hall, with its open deck and panoramic view.

According to Pier Director Mike Remige, the facility’s popularity is perhaps a reflection of the excellent customer experience people enjoy at the pier while fishing, attending a class or program, holding their wedding reception, or just hanging out at the beach.

“The pier offers a unique place for people to socialize in an open environment,” said Remige. “It’s also become a magnet for special events on the beaches. There have been pro surf and volleyball contests, amateur surfing and kayaking events and running races.”