SURF CITY, NC (WECT) - The arrival of fall and cooler weather has thousands heading to the beach, not for swimming, but to the piers to wet a line.
Forty years ago, the Surf City Pier was constructed, and about that time, Ed Lore's family bought the structure. Thru the years, Mother Nature has forced some changes to the pier.
"We have had a lot of close calls," explained Lore. "Hurricane Fran took completely destroyed the pier and the pier house. Hurricane Floyd was also a very bad storm, even thought it had weakened when it got here, we still had some damage on the end, which we fixed."
One thing that has not changed, and that is the pier's length, still at around 900 feet. It is not one of the longest piers still standing, but at the end of it, the water depth is about 20 feet.
Trying to lengthen it more is nearly impossible because of the instability of pilings that would have to driven into the ocean floor, but it has not prevented plenty of fish from being caught from it.
"A lot of the older fishermen have slowed down some, but there is a lot of new people who are picking up the sport," said Ed Rivenbark, a regular Surf City Pier fisherman. "Of course, there are not as many fish around today, as we had years ago, but it is still exciting, it is fun and the eating is always good too."
Fall is the prime time to catch Spots as they migrate along the Carolina coastline, but many Kings have been brought in during the past week.
Lore says a lot of visitors to Topsail Island like to just take a stroll from the pier house to the end and back, not only for exercise but because of just wanting to feel the swaying motion and cool breeze one can find on a pier.
Lore says he hopes to stay in the pier business for another 40 years, but like the rest of us, keeps a close eye on the tropics at this time of the year. He knows what has happened at his pier in the past, being completely destroyed by hurricane winds and waves, could certainly happen again.
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