From bays, canals, rivers, and the seas, there are hundreds of miles of water in Ocean City, Maryland, which is why Fish is certainly plentiful. Known as the White Marlin Capital of the World, OC is famous for deep sea fishing, bottom fishing in the bay, as well as recreational fishing. Fishermen see a lot of action through the many fishing tournaments, places to fish, and boats to charter.
Some of the various fish that swim Ocean City’s waters are bigeye, yellow fin tuna, bluefin, sharks such as mako, tiger, and thresher, dolphin, blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, and much more. The larger fish can be found in and around the canyons of the Gulf Stream, which is only a short distance offshore, making it easily reached by boat. Other great catches can be found on the piers, the route 50 bridge, the beach, and Assateague. Bluefish, sea bass and kingfish are some of the fish caught by surf fishing off Ocean City beaches. Also, the bays have rockfish, flounder, and trout.
Some public fishing areas in Ocean City, MD are Inlet Park, Homer Gudelsky Park (Old Bridge Rd in West OC), 3rd Street Bayside, 9th Street Bayside, the Convention Center on 40th Street, Northside Park (Bayside on 125th Street), Wicomico St Pier on Wicomico Street, Isle of Wight (62nd Street) and Oceanic Fishing Pier on Philadelphia Avenue.
For those fishers who have a boat with them, there are several public boat ramps that access the waters. A few of these ramps include: Assateague State Park off Route 611, Gum Pointe Road off of Route 589, and O.C Commercial Harbor on Sunset Avenue. Also, there are headboats and charter boats available. There are trips offered twice a day on headboats. These boats are for bay and inlet fishing and they carry bait, rods, and tackle. Smaller, charter fishing boats take reservations in advance, but headboats are usually first come first served.
Charter fishing in Ocean City, Maryland can be found at the Angler (Talbot St and Bay), Bahia Marina (22nd St and Bay), Bay Bee (O.C Fishing Center off Route 50), Capt. Tom’s Sport Fishing (Dorchester St), Fisherman’s Marina (Golf Course Rd and Sunset Ave), Skip’s Bait and Tackle (Talbot St.), The Islander (Golf Course Rd and Sunset Ave), Morning Star (65th St and Coastal Hwy), O.C. Fishing Center (Route 50), Ocean Princess (Dorschester St and Bay), Pony Island Express (Dorchester St), and Sunset Marina (Sunset Ave).
The Islander, for example, is owned and operated by Captain Bill Duncan. With over 30 years of charter fishing experience, the Captain operates a 38’ custom North Carolina Sportfisherman with twin diesel engines. The trip features: bottom fishing and wreck fishing, fall rock fishing, as well as light tackle fishing. Provided on the boat are bait and tackle, in addition to navigation and fish finding equipment. The Islander accommodates six passengers and also on board with Captain Bill Duncan is an experienced mate.
“There’s nothing more enjoyable than taking the kids out on a charter boat for an eye opening experience of reeling in great fish. It truly is what Ocean City is about, family tradition and creating memories,” says local fisherman Tom Hughes.
Along with the various places to fish, and boats to charter, Ocean City is known for its fishing tournaments throughout the summer. In June, there is the 13th An
nual Mid-Atlantic Mako Mania Shark Tournament, the 29th Annual Ocean City Shark Tournament, the 30th Annual Small Boat Tournament, the 20th Annual MSSA Tuna-Ment, and the 5th Annual Flounder Pounder. In July, tournaments include: the 27th Annual Canyon Kick-Off, 22nd Annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament, the 5th Annual Marlin Club Kids’ Classic, the Branch Kreppel Memorial Blue Marlin Tournament, and the 1st Annual Marlin Club Ladies Tournament. And finally, tournaments in August are the 36th Annual White Marlin Open, the 16th Annual Captain Steve Harman’s Poor Girls Open, the 18th Annual Mid-Atlantic $500,000. In addition to those 22nd tournaments, there is a state sponsored tournament that is free of charge open to all fishermen. Catch are weighed constantly and there’s a weekly award for the heaviest fish.
Tournaments are a good opportunity to compete against fellow fisherman. There is a tournament for everyone in Ocean City. Whether you have a small boat or a yacht, whether you’re a man, woman, or child, there is the chance to compete and have fun catching fish. Fishing in Ocean City is a fun experience and a great way to discover the creatures of the sea while spending time with family and friends.