Because Georgia has just a tad more than 192 miles of coastline stretching from Savannah south to St. Marys, one might expect the state to have a number of ocean fishing piers. Surprisingly, along that distance the Peach State sports only one true ocean fishing pier. That structure is located on Tybee Island, just east of Savannah.
Georgia’s coastline is fronted by a string of barrier islands from the South Carolina border all the way down to the boundary with the Sunshine State. But, only three of those isles can be reached via bridges.
Each of those three islands has at least one major fishing pier. But on Jekyll and St. Simons Islands those structures actually face sounds, rather than the open ocean.
The Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion is another story. It runs directly from the beach out past the breakers into the Atlantic Ocean. Situated at the end of Tybrisa Street to the east of U.S. 80, this pier also has quite a legacy.
The original structure on the site was built by the Central of Georgia Railroad in 1891 and was the focal point of tourism and fishing on Georgia’s northern coast for more than six decades. That first pier burned in 1967. A new one was not constructed until 1996.
The present pier features picnic tables, a snack bar and restrooms. No fee is charged for strolling the pier or fishing from it.
Anglers regularly take whiting, redfish, and sharks, along with Spanish and king mackerel from the pier.