Carolina Beach Fishing Pier

The Carolina Beach Fishing Pier, technically known as the "Carolina Beach Fishing Pier Northern Extension" is a fantastic destination for sightseers and anglers alike at the northern edge of Carolina Beach. Bordering miles of undeveloped beaches to the north and small clusters of vacation accommodations to the south, the pier feels deceivingly isolated, which makes it an ideal spot for a peaceful ocean sunrise, or a full, dedicated day of reeling in the saltwater species that can be found in abundance along the North Carolina coastline.

Carolina Beach Fishing Pier

The Carolina Beach Fishing Pier is a longstanding attraction in this coastal community, and has been owned and operated by the local Phelps family for several generations. The pier extends a modest but scenic 700' feet into the Atlantic Ocean, and is a classic Carolina wooden pier with long columns of wood pilings, a wide plank walkway that dips here and there due to years of storms, and an assortment of benches allowing anglers and sightseers to sit back and relax.

View of Freeman Park from Carolina Beach Fishing Pier

The pier is actually one of the few remaining piers along the historically named "Pleasure Island," which is located just east of Wilmington, and features a small restaurant for beachfront grub with a gem of a view, a bait and tackle store, and local experts on hand to field questions and direct newcomers as to what's biting.

Carolina Beach Fishing Pier

When the fishing is good on the pier, it's exceptional, with a wide range of salty catches reeled in from the wooden pier railings on a daily basis. Summertime catches include flounder, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, mullets, and lots of sheapshead - a smaller but exceptionally tasty fish that is especially popular in the months of June, July and August. The spring and fall months, however, are arguably the best time to cast off and stay a while, as the region attracts a wide range of larger fish, like king mackerels and North Carolina's famous red and black drum. Visitors who are curious about what's hot can always check out the pier's Facebook page at or call the pier directly at 910-458-5518 for more information.

Where the action is!

Ocean fans who may not want to necessarily spend the day fishing, but still want to check out the pier, will be impressed with the on-site game room, the small lounge with a full ABC permit, and the stunning vistas that span from the heart of Carolina Beach all the way to Freeman Park and the Carolina Beach Inlet. Especially gorgeous around dawn and dusk, sightseers will want to take along a camera and a fresh memory to capture and remember the unparalleled Pleasure Island views.

Carolina Beach Fishing Pier

Rates to fish the pier vary, depending on the type of fishing and the length of the pier pass, and the pier is generally open year-round, and until the wee hours of the night and early morning, as the wooden structure is lighted for ambitious night fishermen. A gorgeous destination that's a must for anyone with a love of ocean views and long hours of great fishing, the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier is a local institution that has been wowing both anglers and everyday strollers alike for generations. Be sure to bring along the rods and reels, and plenty of bait and tackle, (or just pick some up at the local pier house), and pay a visit to this almost-secluded and regionally famous landmark along the Carolina Beach shoreline.

Carolina Beach Fishing Pier

The view from the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier overlooks Freeman 4x4 beach



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Victory Beach Vacations

Victory Beach Vacations

Visitors who are on the hunt for the postcard-perfect vacation rental in the heart of the Carolina Beach or Kure Beach area will find an enticing selection and plenty of friendly customer service when they rent through Victory Beach Vacations. Based in Carolina Beach in the coastal Cape Fear region, Victory Beach Vacations has more than 100 vacation rentals in all shapes and sizes to ensure that every vacationing family can find their dream home away from home on the beach.   When you book your Cape Fear getaway with Victory Beach Vacations, the fun doesn’t end when you leave the beach, it continues with an array of privately-owned properties outfitted with all of the amenities needed for a fabulous beach vacation.   Jenna Lanier, General Manager, explains that her family first opened the rental and property management business in 2002. At the forefront of Victory Beach operations is Lanier’s mother, Caroline Meeks. Meeks is both the Broker in Charge and co-owner with husband, Buck Meeks, who manages the Field Services team with Lanier’s husband, Scott.   For nearly 20 years, the Victory Beach team has worked tirelessly to establish a network of top-of-the-line rental properties for Cape Fear visitors to enjoy. “As far as our properties go,” explains Lanier, “they are all updated, well-furnished and appointed. “We have always performed post-cleaning inspections and since the pandemic, have put freshly laundered duvets over all of the comforters between rentals.”   Lanier emphasizes how important the guests experience is “we strive to give our guests a relaxing, stress free, memorable vacation.” This emphasis on customer service has led to Victory Beach Vacations having a 4.8 Google rating with over 300 reviews by happy owners and guests.In addition to Victory Beach’s superior sanitation practices, the company offers properties for every type of visitor. Choose from luxury oceanfront houses and condos to more reasonbly priced 2nd row properties with oceanviews. Many properties include pools and hot tubs as well, perfect for outdoor entertaining, and many are dog friendly.   Lanier also notes that all properties are within walking or driving distance to Pleasure Island’s main attractions – Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. The former, as described by Lanier, is the more commercialized of the two destinations and features a boardwalk, outdoor dining options and a plethora of weekly activities including fireworks, live music, amusement park pop-ups, and movies under the stars. Kure Beach offers a more residential feel with its fishing pier, intimate restaurants and family favorite, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.More water fun awaits, too. “There is a harbor and a canal that feed into the intercoastal. We have several properties on the harbor so guests can bring their boat, kayak, [or jet ski] and travel between islands,” says Lanier.   A stay with Victory Beach Vacations is an annual pilgrimage for most. “A large percentage of guests are previous guests. Some even reserve the same property for the next year as they’re checking out,” Lanier says. “It’s almost like it’s their personal vacation home.”   Even before guests arrive at their vacation destination, the Victory Beach Vacations’ website greets them with a live beach cam and exquisite aerial footage of both Carolina and Kure Beaches. See for yourself by scanning the QR code and call Victory Beach Vacations at 910.458.0868 to book your Cape Fear getaway. Start making your memories today! —Grace Silipigni