Ocean City, Maryland is one of the most popular vacation destinations on the American East Coast, luring hundreds of thousands of visitors each year to its white sandy beaches and world-famous boardwalk. This nine-mile long strip of white sand beaches and vibrant outdoor activities extends from the southern inlet to the Delaware state line. Locals and tourists alike enjoy vacations brief and long in this resort destination featuring festivals and fishing tournaments throughout the year. Ocean City is known for quick access to Atlantic deep sea fishing, recreational fishing, and bottom fishing in the Chesapeake Bay. All of these marine resources provide hundreds of square miles to fish, from the gleaming waters of the bays, canals, and rivers, to endless miles of open sea.
A number of piers and other dry-land fishing areas are located throughout Ocean City, including Ocean City Inlet at the southernmost end of Ocean City, Oceanic Pier near the inlet, and the Route 50 Bridge, located one block south of 1st Street, to name a few. Assateague and Ocean City beaches are great locations to reach more than a few different species of big fish cruising by the shores. Several boat ramps provide access for individuals and small groups. No license is necessary to fish in the saltwater bays and inlets around the Ocean City area, or in the ocean. Once you’ve tested the waters from land, you may quickly move on to the bigger goals. Charter trips are available twice daily and even overnight, providing all necessary equipment for a successful fishing adventure into deeper waters and for bigger game. These charters are available from many locations in the area, including Fisherman’s, Sunset, and the Harbor Island Marinas; Ocean City Fishing Center, Talbot Street Pier, and Dorchester Street Marina. After all, Ocean City is known as the “White Marlin Capital of the World”, and this is why most people make the trip from other states and countries.
Ocean City Inlet and Oceanic Pier can put you within casting range of Flounder, Bluefish, Trout, Tautog, and Stripers. These same species among others are also accessible from the Route 50 Bridge, which is well lit for night fishing. Surf fishing from both Assateague and Ocean City beaches continually lead to fine catches of Bluefish, Sea Trout, Kingfish, Striped Bass, Sharks, and more. With so much luck on land, you should soon find it difficult to reach farther and get into some heavier action out to sea. Gulf Stream waters are only a short distance from shore, easily reached by boat, and filled with tasty, hearty specimens of the most popular sport fish. Half and full-day trips on Chesapeake Bay will bring you to the best spots to work the shorelines and bottoms for Rockfish, Flounder, Stripers, and other shallower fare. These trip lengths are also offered with other inshore locations in mind, where you will troll, chunk, or bottom fish the Atlantic for all available species. Such full-day options get you eight hours on the bottom, anchoring on deep wrecks and structure, and landing Sea Bass, Rockfish, Tautog, Flounder, and Blues. This is a good choice for younger and less experienced anglers. Some inshore trips are for sharks only, taking advantage of this prime location for Mako, Thresher, and other sharks. For more dedicated anglers additional offshore charters lasting from eight hours to as long as 30 hours overnight take you farther out to troll the deep sea for Wahoo, Dolphin, King Mackerel, Big Blues, and Albacore. Other monster sizes of Bluefin Tuna, Blue Whaler and Hammerhead Sharks, and even the popular Marlin can be landed on these more invested and demanding jaunts. May through June is the best time to catch these sharks, but year-round availability exists for Bigeye and Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, plus exciting trophy sizes of White and Blue Marlin, and the occasional Sailfish.
Anyone passing near the northeastern American seaboard would be a fool to miss a stopover at Ocean City, even if only to relax or enjoy some fun and distraction. Soon enough you would find a veritable treasure trove of endless and exciting sport fishing opportunities. Separation from the U.S. mainland gives Ocean city a unique character and personality, as well as direct access to untold fishing rewards in the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.