This month, anglers look for shad to return to the Outer Banks. Both American and Hickory find their way from inland waters.
These hard-fighting fish traditionally mark the start of our spring fishing season and are followed up by bluefish, northern puffers and sea mullet.
The Pier’s ace angler Sammy Thornton says he’s already spotted a few shad swimming in the surf. He sometimes calls them “baby tarpon” because once hooked, they jump and fight fiercely.
The arrival of college students is another sure sign of spring. All March, they dot the beaches by day and rally at restaurants at night. Here on spring break, many also look for seasonal jobs and housing so they can return in early May for summer.
Speaking of sun and fun, registration for our weeklong adventure camps opens Monday, March 2, at 9 a.m. These fishing, surfing and science camps keep kids active outside while they learn about habitats, water safety and ocean creatures.
Jennette’s Pier also hosts a wide variety of special events and beach happenings all season long, including various fishing tournaments, surfing contests and running races.
The first event of 2020, Blackbeard’s Revenge, a 100-kilometer footrace, gets underway at the Pier on Saturday, March 28, at 9:30 a.m. Be there. Aloha!