Grab your rod and reel and experience fishing in Ocean City, Maryland
Fishing is a defining part of the history of Ocean City, as it has been one of the major commercial and recreational pursuits for hundreds of years. The recreational fishing industry in Ocean City is so popular, in fact, that it has earned the title “White Marlin Capital of the World.”
To celebrate this title, Ocean City holds an annual White Marlin Open fishing tournament, the world’s largest billfish tournament, in August. This event can be as fun and exciting for spectators as it is for anglers.
All fish are weighed on the official scale at Harbour Island, and the weigh-ins are held each day of the festival and open to the public free of charge.
As popular as the white marlin is, it’s just one of a numerous variety of fish that can be caught in Ocean City. The Gulf Stream is a short distance off shore and is full of large fish like tuna, mako, dolphin and more. The larger fish feed in and around the canyons of the Gulf Stream and haunt the relics of sunken ships and artificial reefs looking to make a snack out of smaller fish.
There are dozens of charter boats that offer full-day, off-shore fishing adventures, afternoon trips or even night fishing. Area captains know the best spots to drop a line, so you’ll be reeling in a big one in no time. Most charters supply bait, rods, tackle and ice to keep your catch cold.
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