Jennette’s Pier summer fishing report

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Jimmy Courtney caught his first ever king mackerel not long after his dad caught the first king of the year on Jennette’s Pier.

Tarpon, king mackerel highlights Jennette’s Pier fishing report

Anglers have been catching a variety of fish for the past few weeks at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, N.C. But things really heated up this past weekend when tarpon and king mackerel showed up on the fishing report.

For Haynes Courtney of Mechanicsville, VA, it was a weekend to remember. On June 24, Courtney was jigging a Got-cha Plug in hopes of hooking some baitfish. Surprisingly, he hooked a tarpon which put up a 20-minute tussle. The angler finally got the fish in the pier net, brought it up for a quick photo and then released it.

Sunday morning, he was back on the pier fishing with a live bluefish when he hooked and landed the first king mackerel of the year for Jennette’s Pier. The king weighed 30 pounds, and that wasn’t the best part of Courtney’s day. A little while later, his son Jimmy caught his first ever king mackerel, and the second of the year for the pier. And Jimmy’s fish was a little bigger than his dad’s weighing 31.8 pounds.

Anglers at the pier have also been catching plenty of bluefish, sea mullet (whiting), spot, croaker and some Spanish mackerel.

Thanks to TW’s Bait and Tackle for help with this fishing report. TW’s has two locations to serve your fishing needs — one in Nags Head and one in Kitty Hawk. Check them out at


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