10 Pier Fishing Gear Basics to Get Started

Pier fishing trips are a fun and easy way to entice the whole family into the great outdoors. If you want to learn how to fish from a pier, check out the pier fishing section and get some pier fishing tips and use this important list of gear to get started.

1. Fishing cart

Obtain a wheeled fishing cart that will make it easier for you to move your gear and gear from your vehicle to the pier. Many of the fishing trolleys on the market today offer features such as rod holders, loading walls, tool stands, and an adjustable handle.

2. Rod and Reel Combo

The device to be used for pier fishing should reflect the type of fish you wish to target. However, you should consider a heavier rod and reel combination than you would normally use as you will have to lift the weight of the fish from the water to the pier (unless you have a tire net). For most situations, a moderate 7 to 9 foot spinning rod will do.

3. Fish hook

Keep a number of different sizes of hooks in your tackle box for different baits and situations. For most of the baits you use, sizes 4 to 2/0 will work. Remember to choose the hook size based on the size of your bait.

4. Bucktail jigs

Marabou Bucktail Jigs can be effective in pier fishing for striped bass, mackerel, bluefish and flounder. In deeper waters with fast flowing currents, you may need to use jig sizes up to 2 ounces. You can find additional tips on fishing from a pier with bucktail jigs by searching for “Pier Fish Tackle Tips”.

5. Hope Net

If you are targeting larger species of fish such as black drums or king fish, it is helpful to have a tire net. This type of net will help you lift the fish out of the water onto a pier without breaking your line.

6. Sinker

To cover various depths and conditions, bring a selection of sinkers or weights from 1 to 6 ounces. The three-way rig is one of the standard pier fishing tackle. This rig includes a three-way rotatable fluorocarbon leader that attaches to a hook and a snap button that holds a sinker to hold your bait in place on the ground.

7. Pliers with line cutters

Bring anti-corrosion pliers that are non-corrosive to remove hooks and cut fishing line.

8. Rod holder

You can buy or make PVC rod holders that attach to pillar railings. Rod holders allow you to fish with multiple rods or grab a bite of your sandwich without having to worry about a rod being lost over the edge of the pier.

9. Bait bucket with aerator

Get a bait bucket with an aerator to keep live bait like shrimp, anchovy, or sardines alive. Active baits often mean more bites.

10. Portable chair

Having a lightweight portable chair to take with you will allow you to relax while you wait for the day’s catch to grab your leash.

This list of essential pieces of gear is designed to help you and your family put together everything you need to start fishing from a pier. However, don’t forget to check state rules and requirements for fishing licenses before you set off.

Debbie Hanson

Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide in southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has been featured in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit or follow her on Instagram @ shefishes2.


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