The Surf City Fishing Report gives location-specific weekly reports on the types of fish that are biting in Surf City, North Carolina, and where those fish are most concentrated (how close to land or how far offshore). The reports are compiled by local award-winning captains.
These fishing reports are broken down into categories: Offshore, Inshore, and Bait Report. The captain usually finishes a report with personal notes about himself or his experiences. The reports are hyper-specific, containing locations of fish down to the number of feet offshore. The detailed reports also include personal tips from the captains, such as bait preparation and tide preferences.
The audience for the Surf City Fishing Reports is mixed. While the reports can get a bit technical, which gears them toward more accomplished anglers, they are written in plain language with specific instructions that an amateur could easily follow.
Originally built in 1948, Surf City Ocean Pier is Topsail Island's first ocean pier. The pier is relatively storm-prone, and has been rebuilt a few times, most recently in 1997 after Hurricane Fran destroyed it in 1996. Popular with tourists and locals alike, Surf City Pier offers an assortment of bait, a variety of souvenirs, a fully-stocked tackle shop, a grill, and an outside covered dining area. The pier is 937 feet long, and has an octagon at one end measuring 40 feet.