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Ocean City Fishing

Ocean City Fishing

Ocean City, Maryland is the White Marlin Capital of the World, and home to the White Marlin Open fishing tournament. From the bay to the blue water of the Gulf Stream offshore, Ocean City entices many anglers to this fishing destination.

Besides excellent White Marlin fishing during the summer and early fall, offshore fishing Ocean City offers abundant Blue Marlin, Bigeye Tuna, Mahi-mahi, and Yellowfin Tuna. During the colder months schools of Bluefin Tuna move through the area, as well as many different species of sharks, including Blue Sharks, Dusky Sharks, Hammerheads, and Mako Sharks,

Inshore fishing around Ocean City will produce Bluefish, Croaker, Flounder, King Mackerel, Speckled Trout, Striped Bass, and Tautog (Blackfish).

Ocean City Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Ocean City, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Anchovy

  2. Anchovy

    There is a 25.06% catch rate for Anchovy, based on 28658 Anchovy counted.

    Ocean City Anchovy Counts Chart


  3. Weakfish

  4. Weakfish

    There is a 24.24% catch rate for Weakfish, based on 27714 Weakfish counted.

    Ocean City Weakfish Counts Chart


  5. Black Sea Bass

  6. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 13.71% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 15676 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Ocean City Black Sea Bass Counts Chart


  7. Spot Croaker

  8. Spot Croaker

    There is a 13.19% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 15088 Spot Croaker counted.

    Ocean City Spot Croaker Counts Chart


  9. Atlantic Croaker

  10. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 9.13% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 10441 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Ocean City Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart


  11. Silver Hake

  12. Silver Hake

    There is a 2.39% catch rate for Silver Hake, based on 2730 Silver Hake counted.

    Ocean City Silver Hake Counts Chart


  13. Flounder

  14. Flounder

    There is a 1.91% catch rate for Flounder, based on 2182 Flounder counted.

    Ocean City Flounder Counts Chart


  15. Bluefish

  16. Bluefish

    There is a 1.89% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 2161 Bluefish counted.

    Ocean City Bluefish Counts Chart


  17. Scup

  18. Scup

    There is a 1.72% catch rate for Scup, based on 1970 Scup counted.

    Ocean City Scup Counts Chart


  19. Tautog

  20. Tautog

    There is a 1.21% catch rate for Tautog, based on 1386 Tautog counted.

    Ocean City Tautog Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 57 species of fish and 114355 fish counted for May around Ocean City.

To date, there are 138 species of fish and a total of 5048931 fish counted for Ocean City and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 10/31/1903 (121 years).

Last Update: 5/17/2024 7:57:10 PM

Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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Top Ocean City Fishing Spots

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Ocean City are the following:

  1. Great Eastern Reef
    The Great Eastern Wreck is also known as the Twin Wrecks. The reef covers over 1,000 acres  and is about 20 miles east of the Ocean City Inlet. 

  2. Fenwick Shoal
    Fenwick Shoal

  3. Twin Wrecks

  4. DWD1
    Fishing spot

  5. Jack Spot
    Jack Spot is a well known old school White Marlin fishing spot. Thosands of White Marlin have been caught on these grounds. Bluefin Tuna are also known to hang around h

  6. DWD-OG1

  7. William C Snow
    55' tug boat

  8. Bass Grounds
    2 Boxes

  9. Winter Quarter Shoal

  10. DWD-OG

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Latest Ocean City Fishing Reports

  • 37th Annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament July 12th-14th
    The World’s Largest Tuna Tournament is right around the corner!  Here is a RECAP video from last year’s scales to help get you motivated! Fish the 37th Annual Ocean City Tuna

  • December 13 2023
    Need a last minute gift for the holidays?  Atlantic Tackle and Sunset Provisions have you covered with apparel  and gear to outfit the whole family!  Carrying a wide variety

  • Bigeye, Yellowfin, Mahi, and Swordfish
    Left Ocean City, MD headed toward Washington canyon. Found some Dolphinfish on some crab/lobster pots. Not long after reaching the canyons, we caught the first Yellowfin tun

  • September 20 2023
    Today proved that when weather permits the September fishing just can’t be beat.  We had several boats head offshore today looking for the marlin bite and they were rewarded

  • September 7 2023
    The September billfish bite continues to be hot and we had another good group of boats head offshore to reap the benefits!  “Roll Groove” returned from a double overnight tri

  • September 6 2023
    It was another day of the amazing September fishing here at the marina.  All of the fleet headed out looking for the billfish bite once again.  They all went to the Baltimore

  • September 3 2023
    It was one of those famous September fishing days we get this time of year at the marina.  We had a lot of boats head offshore to make use of this beautiful holiday weekend a

  • August 3 2023
    It was a fantastic day at the marina as more and more of our tournament boats continue to arrive.  We had a good number of boats head offshore looking for the fish bite and t

  • August 2 2023
    It was a busy day down on the docks as some of our tournament boats slowly start to trickle in.  We are selling lots of fuel and you can feel the anticipation in the air as t

  • July 26 2023
    The sun was shining and the fish were biting!  It was a nice steady day at the marina today with many of our crew’s doing maintenance and a good amount of boats that headed o

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Top Ocean City Bait & Tackle Stores

    We offer high quality products from: Baitmasters, Bionic, Wind-On's by Basil (BHP Tackle), Shimano Top Shelf, Penn Gold Label, Daiwa Tournament, Stripteaser, Abaco Big Game Tackle, Avet Reels, Accurate Reels, Iland Lures, Black Bart, Fishworks Cl

  2. Old Inlet Bait & Tackle
    Full Service Bait and Tackle Shop located 2 miles north of the Indian River Inlet in the DE Seashore State Park

  3. Rick's Bait & Tackle
    Rick's Bait & Tackle is located in Long Neck, Delaware in Sussex County DE and caries a compete line of bait and tackle targeted to our local waters.

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Top Ocean City Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Game Changer Sport Fishing
    The Game Changer is a 38 foot Custom Carolina Sportfisher built by Sunny Briggs. She is powered with a pair of new Cummins engines to get you to the fishing grounds fast and comfortable. Plus, she’s equipped with new Simrad electronics, Shimano fishi

  2. Restless Lady Charters
    Restless Lady has the knowledge, experience, and skills to position you in the ideal spots for catching everything from Tuna to Shark to Marlin. Between the vibrant fishing season and the Marlin, Tuna and Shark Tournaments held throughout the year. T

  3. That's Right Charters
    In the late spring and early summer we head up to Ocean City Maryland. Sailing from Fisherman's Marina in West Ocean City THAT'S RIGHT offers Offshore Tuna Charters, Inshore Trolling Charters, and Wreck Fishing Charters. Whether you are looki

  4. Muff Diver Charters
    Muff Diver is docked at the White Marlin Marina, Slip 5, on 205 Somerset Street in downtown Ocean City, Maryland 21842. We generally charter from Mid-May through Mid-March. We have been providing families and anglers many happy and fun filled fishing

  5. Shelly II Charters
    The Shelly II is a 52 foot Carolina custom built boat, powered by twin diesels, a great vessel for charter fishing out of Ocean City, MD. She has a 17' 9" beam, making her a very stable sport fishing vessel. She is equipped with a diesel dri

  6. Morning Star Fishing
    Captain Monty specializes in precision fishing of the natural, shipwreck and artificial reefs off the coast of Maryland. Sea bass, easily one of the tastiest fish in the sea, are targeted in late Spring and early Fall - sometimes in late January and

  7. Over-Board Sportfishing
    Ocean City, MD fishing charters can be the fishing experience of a lifetime and Over-Board Sportfishing has the ability to make it happen for you too! Whether you want to catch a terror of the deep mako shark or feel the thrill of a spectacular blue

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Top Ocean City Marinas

  1. Ocean City Sunset Marina
    With direct, uninterrupted access to the Atlantic Ocean and its numerous canyons, Sunset Marina makes the ideal homeport for the avid off-shore angler or serves as a layover for the transient ocean-goer.

  2. White Marlin Marina
    White Marlin Marina is Ocean City's premier marina resort. Our commitment to service is our number one priority. After you tie up, take a dip in our refreshing pool or take a walk on the Boardwalk just two blocks away. There are many local bars a

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Bouy Conditions

Station OCIM2 - 8570283 - Ocean City Inlet, MD
May 21, 2024 1:18 am EDT
Location: 38.328N 75.091W
Wind Direction: S (180°)
Wind Speed: 2.9 knots
Wind Gust: 4.1 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.98 in (1015.2 mb)
Air Temperature: 53.8°F (12.1°C)
Water Temperature: 60.6°F (15.9°C)

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