Fishing Spots in Ocean City, Maryland: No Boat? No Worries.

Known as the White Marlin Capital of the World, Ocean City Maryland has hundreds of square miles of fishing opportunities for anglers. In fact, fishing ranks as one of the top things to do in Ocean City. The city even hosts an annual White Marlin Open, one of the largest billfish tournaments in the world. Keep reading to find the top fishing spots in Ocean City and get ready for big catches.

Top Fishing Spots in Ocean City on Land and Water

  • Route 50 Bridge ranks as a popular fishing location. Visitors will see plenty of boats hanging out around the bridge and see people fishing from the bridge.
  • Surf cast from Assateague Beach for sea trout, bluefish, kingfish and more. Just make sure to stay 50 yards away from swimmers and out of designated surfing zones.
  • Fish from public piers, including Intel Park in downtown Ocean City, Third St. Pier (bayside), Ninth St. Pier (bayside) and Northside Park 125th St. (bayside). The Inlet Pier puts anglers right out onto the water — it’s almost like being in a boat. The pier has plenty of room as well.
  • Note: If planning to fish in Ocean City, make sure to buy a fishing license. Get more license information.

Boat Rentals

Those who don’t have a boat, should reserve one in advance. One option is head boats, which charge a fee per individual. The Bahia Marina located between 21st Street and 22nd Street is Ocean City’s sport fishing headquarters, and has the largest small boat rental fleet in Ocean City. Next, rent fishing rods and equipment from bait and tackle shops in the area.

What to Catch

Big eye and yellow fin tuna as well as wahoo and bluefish await only a short distance from the shore. In addition, find an abundance of mahi-mahi, mako and blue marlin. Trout, flounder and sea bass are also plentiful in the bay.

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