With new pilings and a lot of new planks, the Avon Fishing Pier is open again, just in time for the busy Memorial Day weekend to kick off the summer.
Much of the 600-foot Hatteras Island span reopened for fishing on May 13, and the end reopened Tuesday.
The maintenance work over the past two months added nine pilings and replaced numerous deck boards and handrails.
“It’s a lot sturdier, and it’s not as wavy,” assistant manager Kristin Matthews said.
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Since opening in 1963, the pier has endured numerous storms, including Hurricane Irene and several nor’easters that eventually cost the pier its end.
“In the next couple of years, we hope to have our ‘T’ back on the end,” Matthews said.
In the meantime, fishing will continue as always. Tuesday’s catches included sea mullet, keeper gray trout, a few bluefish and blowtoads, Matthews said, adding that fishermen had seen but not caught a couple of cobia.
The Kids Fishing Frenzy big fish tournament for kids ages 4-13 will start June 6 and run through Aug. 26. Entry is $5. Weekly winners and an overall winner will be determined. Last year’s inaugural winner caught a shark, but shark entries will not be accepted this year, Matthews said.
Starting Friday, the hours will be 6 a.m. until midnight. Season-pass discounts end next week for the pier, which is located at 41001 N.C. 12.
More information and a live pier cam can be found at www.avonfishingpier.com. Call the pier office at 252-995-5480.
Archery: N.C. Hunter Supply expects to host more than 100 people for its fifth annual 3D shoot and benefit for N.C. Handicapped Sportsmen at 9 a.m. Sunday at Tar River Archery Club, located at 4492 N.C. 39 near Bunn. Entry is $15.
“Every penny goes to the N.C. Handicapped Sportsmen,” manager Scott Porter said.
Hiking: A 20-volume set of guides describing the 1,100-mile route of the cross-state Mountains-to-Sea Trail can be downloaded for free at www.ncmst.org/TrailGuide, according to Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
The guides include directions and information about locations for parking, camping, water and places to eat and resupply. The guides provide three alternative routes in eastern North Carolina, including a 217-mile paddle on the Neuse River.
The linear state park has more than 600 miles completed, and most remaining mileage follows rural roads.
Fly fishing: The Cherokee Chamber of Commerce and Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians will conduct a Memorial Day Trout Tournament Friday to Sunday. Entrants will fish for $10,000 in specially tagged fish on the Qualla Boundary. Entry is $11 plus a $10-per-day permit. Call 828-788-0034, or go to www.fishcherokee.com.
Correspondent Jack Horan contributed to this report.
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