Time to reel 'em in and pack up the tackle. Another of North Carolina's fishing piers is closing.
Sportsmen's Pier is open today for the last time. The Atlantic Beach landmark has operated for 50 years, but now the property will be used for new homes. The pier's inventory will be auctioned tomorrow, and the structure itself will be demolished next month.
Loyal customers are saying their goodbyes to the popular fishing spot. John and Sylvia Griffith pulled in plenty of fish off the pier over the decades and came by yesterday to catch a few more. But they say the best catch was each other -- the couple courted on the pier before they were married 49 years ago.