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Your Guide to the Best Day of Fishing in Ocean City, Maryland

Are you ready to reel in some lasting memories? Fishing in Ocean City, MD, is a fantastic way to spend a day, and we’ve got some info to help you make the most of it. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that you get a trophy catch worth bragging about, but you’re sure to have a remarkable time no matter what. (Plus, you can always exaggerate about your catch to your friends — we won’t tell!) Check out our complete guide to Ocean City fishing to give yourself the best chances, and plan the perfect fishing trip when you book one of our waterfront vacation rentals!

Everything You Should Know About Fishing in Ocean City, MD

Types of Fish in Ocean City, MD

Learn the hottest fishing spots!

If you’re hoping to catch a certain species of fish, it’s important to time your visit according to the seasons. Springtime typically brings a rise in mackerel and bluefish. When summer arrives, don’t be surprised to see more crowds at the hottest fishing spots. This is due to the warm weather and a variety of fish like Yellowfin tuna, sea bass, and flounder. Of course, Ocean City is known as the White Marlin Capital of the World, and you’ll find plenty of them in the water during the summer months. Fall is similar to spring in that you can catch sea bass and bluefish as well as some trout and croaker. It might not be surprising that winter is one of the less ideal times for fishing in Ocean City, but you can still catch some migrating stripers during your visit in the offseason.

Surf Fishing in Ocean City, MD

Have you ever tried surf fishing?

Some of your first memories of fishing may be from the banks of small rivers, lakes, and streams, but have you ever tried surf fishing? Ocean City, MD, is an excellent place to give it a shot. You’re welcome to set up on the pristine, sandy shoreline with your preferred bait and cast into the rolling waters. 

We’d just like to remind you to stay at least 50 yards away from swimmers and beachgoers on public beaches and abide by all other surf-fishing laws set forth by the town of Ocean City. There are certain times and seasons when surf fishing is prohibited. As long as you follow the local rules and the weather is nice, you’re in for a beautiful day of fishing at the beach!

Bay Fishing in Ocean City, MD

Feel free to enjoy some bay fishing in Ocean City, MD.

Of course, if you prefer to take your angling talents to the other side of the strip, feel free to enjoy some bay fishing in Ocean City, MD. There are plenty of fish to catch here as well and several trusted charter companies to take you out onto the water, like Miss Ocean City Fishing that’s great for catching flounder, the Bay Bee which is great for families due to their special children’s rates, Happy Hooker Bay Fishing on Talbot Street, and many more. Some of them offer excursions in the Assawoman Bay as well as down to the Sinepuxent Bay by Assateague Island.

Not only is bay fishing in Ocean City, Maryland, a great opportunity to catch fish, but it’s also a lovely way to enjoy the beauty of our region. Sit back and relax on a scenic boat ride, cast your line, and take in the bay views as you wait for that highly anticipated nibble from a fish. It’s an incredible experience in so many different ways. You’ll have a whole list of memories to look back on by the time you get back to the mainland.

Ocean City Inlet Fishing

Try your luck with Ocean City inlet fishing!

So, now you know about surf fishing on the beachfront and fishing on the bayside. There’s one more option you should know about before embarking on your fishing trip to Ocean City, MD. Consider bringing your poles and tackle box along to the southern end of the downtown area and try your luck with Ocean City inlet fishing! It’s an excellent option if you’re staying near the boardwalk or want to explore some of the shops, restaurants, and rides after a morning of fishing. Here, you can cast from the jetties for a chance at reeling in bluefish, trout, tautog, and flounder, depending on the type of bait you use.

If you don’t have any luck from the jetties at the inlet, consider relocating to the Ocean City Fishing Pier or the Oceanic Fishing Pier nearby. In fact, the Oceanic Fishing Pier is open 24 hours a day from Memorial Day to Labor Day with ample lighting so that you can try some nighttime fishing! It’s one of the many reasons why it’s one of the most popular fishing spots in the area.

Annual Fishing Competitions

People come from all over to test their skills in Ocean City’s fishing tournaments.

Do you believe you have what it takes to compete against some of the best anglers in the country? People come from all over to test their skills in Ocean City’s fishing tournaments each year. The fun times and impressive cash prizes are more than enough to attract participants as well as curious spectators!

Ocean City Tuna Tournament | July 12 to 14

The original tuna tournament in the area.

It’s the original tuna tournament in the area, and it’s been bringing competitive anglers together for over 30 years! The 2018 Ocean City Tuna Tournament featured a total of over $850,000 in winnings! You’re welcome to see it all from the docks this year or dive into the action with a variety of competition categories. There’s even live entertainment and tasty refreshments.

White Marlin Open | August 5 to 9

Ocean City is known as the White Marlin Capital of the World!

We mentioned earlier that Ocean City is known as the White Marlin Capital of the World, so it’s fitting that we host a tournament featuring these fish that are fast-moving and tend to put up quite a fight when you hook them. And, if you think the prize money for the Ocean City Tuna Tournament is impressive, you’ll be shocked to find out that the 2018 White Marlin Tournament paid out over two and a half million dollars!

Where to Get Gear and Licenses



There are several tackle shops in Ocean City

You can’t plan the ultimate fishing trip without the right gear and a local fishing license, so we’re happy to help you find those as well! There are several tackle shops in Ocean City, MD, including at Bahia Marina and a store at the Oceanic Fishing Pier with rods, reels, bait, and more. Atlantic Tackle is another fantastic option over in West Ocean City with an impressive selection of gear and employees that are always friendly and happy to help you have a successful day by the water.
For licenses, you can usually pick them up at local tackle shops in the Ocean City area. Also, you’re welcome to go down the more convenient route and get your Maryland fishing license online!

Find the Ideal Retreat for Your Fishing Trip

Explore all of the possibilities – book direct and enjoy your happy place!

The ultimate guide to fishing in Ocean City, MD, isn’t complete without tips on finding the perfect property in the area. That’s where we come in! We have over 500 beautiful properties throughout Ocean City, allowing you to select your preferred spot along the beach, bay, or near the inlet and boardwalk. All you need to do is wake up after a restful night’s sleep, step outside, and walk to the waterfront for a delightful day of fishing or other popular watersports and local activities.

If you catch something tasty, you can cook it up yourself in one of our vacation rentals with fully equipped kitchens. Or, if you weren’t as lucky one day, you can still enjoy fresh seafood at the restaurants within walking distance of several of our properties. Take the first step toward a memorable getaway by browsing our current promotions and special deals on Ocean City properties. Then, explore all of the possibilities and book direct on our website to enjoy your happy place!

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.






10 Watersports in Ocean City, MD, That You Need to Try

There’s nothing like cruising the waters of Ocean City as the sun glistens off the waves and warms your skin. Whether you’re traveling on a jet ski, paddleboard, or sailboat, the destination is the same — pure enjoyment! Check out some of the most popular watersports in Ocean City, MD, and experience them for yourself this year. By the time you get back to shore, you’ll have memories to last a lifetime! Just don’t forget to browse our vacation rentals before you go. We have a variety of properties along the beach and bay that are perfect for your adventures on the water!

Enjoy Fun in the Sun With These Watersports in Ocean City, MD

Paddleboarding

Enjoy paddleboarding at sunset.

Paddle your way to serenity! Paddleboarding is quickly becoming one of the hottest watersports in Ocean City, and you’ll soon find out why. It’s a lovely opportunity to slow things down and explore the beauty of the bay at your own pace. Don’t worry if you’re new to paddleboarding — our local guides will have you paddling like a pro in no time!

Paddleboard Rentals

  • 48th Street Watersports: Free basic lessons are included with your rental. Try their Sunset Paddle classes or Night Time Glow Boards Tours!
  • Odyssea Watersports: Their private beach with shallow water makes it easy to get a feel for the sport before venturing out further into the bay.
  • Walk on Water Paddleboard Company: Walk on Water has flexible rental options as well as lessons, tours, and even Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga!

Jet Skiing

Fun times jet skiing

Do you prefer a little excitement in your vacation? Get your adrenaline pumping with a thrilling jet ski adventure! Whether it’s your first time or your hundredth time riding a jet ski, you’re in for an incredible time. You can zoom along the water on your own or with up to three passengers, making it a fun family activity as well!

Jet Ski Rentals

  • Odyssea Watersports: Launch directly from their large, private beach and take a Kawasaki STX 15F for a spin. Or, rent one of their new Seadoo Trixx jet skis to try some fun tricks in the water!
  • Paradise Watersports: Hop on a Seadoo GTI jet ski and explore a section of the bay with plenty of room to roam around.

Kayaking

Kayaking fun on the water!

Grab a seat and get ready for some classic fun on the water! Kayaking is a great way to see nature, enjoy the sun, and get an upper-body workout. Of course, you’ll have a whole lot of fun in the process! Here are some local companies that can get you started:

Kayak Rentals

  • 48th Street Watersports: Rent single or double sit-on-top kayaks with free delivery to your favorite spot.
  • Odyssea Watersports: Explore the waters around small islands near Odyssea’s private beach area. Lessons are included with your rental of a single or double kayak.

Sailing

Enjoy the view.

Feel the sun on your skin and the wind in your hair as you cruise the coast in style! It takes some time to master the art of sailing, but it’s an incredible feeling once you get the hang of it. The guides at 48th Street Watersports can help!

Sailboat Rentals

48th Street Watersports: Make an appointment and get some quality practice on a single-sail catamaran or a 16-foot Prindle catamaran. Both beginners and experts are welcome!

Windsurfing

Enjoy the excitement of windsurfing!

You can also harness the power of the wind on a slightly smaller scale by windsurfing! It’s a combination of sailing and surfing, resulting in a spectacular experience for all who try it. Grab hold of your sail and zip along the rippling waters of Ocean City!

Windsurfing Rentals

48th Street Watersports: Select a board according to your skill level and experience the excitement of windsurfing! Basic and private lessons are available for beginners.

Deep Sea Fishing

Fishing Tournaments
Plan an Ocean City fishing trip.

Reel in a trophy catch worth bragging about with an Ocean City fishing trip! Our waters are home to a wide variety of fish, making it a paradise for anglers. Feel free to bring your boat or charter one with trusted companies in the area.

Fishing Charters

  • Bahia Marina: Choose from a variety of fishing boats with room for up to six passengers. Don’t forget to pack a cooler or stop by the tackle shop for food and drinks.
  • Ocean City Fishing Center: Select a charter based on the size of your group and what type of fish you’d like to catch. There are inshore boats for smaller fish and offshore boats for marlin, tuna, sharks, and more!

If you’re into competitive fishing, don’t forget to register for the Ocean City Tuna Tournament and White Marlin Open each summer!

Parasailing

Parasailing Rides

The Ocean City coastline is a beautiful scene to admire from the beach, and it gets even better when you have a bird’s eye view of it all. Take your excitement to new heights and try parasailing during your visit! See if you can spot some dolphins playing in the water below!

  • OC Parasail: Choose between bayside or oceanside views at varying heights.
  • Paradise Watersports: The boats at Paradise Watersports have room for up to 12 people, so you can share the experience with your friends and family members!

Boat Tours

We would be remiss if we didn’t include some of our favorite boat tours in the list of water activities. Step aboard and get ready for the thrill of a lifetime on these speedboat trips!

Tours & Cruises

  • OC Rocket: Keep an eye out for dolphins on this exciting ride! Private charters are also available for memorable group outings.
  • Sea Rocket: Listen to music and learn fun facts about Ocean City’s local marine life during your high-speed cruise.

Swimming

Cool off in the surf!

If you prefer a more relaxing experience on your vacation, feel free to enjoy a delightful day at the beach! You can cool off with a swim in the ocean, grab a boogie board and ride the waves, or simply dip your toes in as you walk along the sand.

Water Parks

Jolly Roger Amusements & Splash Mountain Water Park

Jolly Roger Amusements & Splash Mountain Water Park

It might not be considered a watersport, but there’s plenty of fun to be had at the Splash Mountain Water Park in Ocean City, MD! Make a splash on rides like the Aqualoop and Eye of the Hurricane or enjoy a peaceful journey down the 1,100-foot Lazy River!

Enjoy All of These Adventures with Vantage Vacation Rentals!


Walk to your favorite waterfront activities.

Get one step closer to your ideal vacation by selecting one of our beautiful properties! We have over 500 rentals in Ocean City’s most beloved communities, putting you within minutes of the bay, beach, or boardwalk. That means you can wake up and walk to your favorite waterfront activities. We even offer discounts at Splash Mountain Water Park, and many of our properties feature pools so you can have more fun in the water!

Browse our Ocean City vacation rentals today and find your happy place!

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Benefits of the Off-Season in Ocean City, MD

Everyone knows how great Ocean City is during the summer months, but not many realize how fun it can also be during the off-season. The weather may be a bit chilly, but there is still plenty to do, such as weekly events, shopping, and tourist attractions. It’s a little bit like having the beach to yourself, with less traffic, fewer crowds, and an all-around slower pace.  Head down to the Boardwalk for a morning bike ride and stop in at your favorite breakfast shop for a cup of coffee.  Most Boardwalk shops and restaurants are open daily, and especially on weekends.  There are no restrictions for bike riding on the Boardwalk from the Tuesday after Labor Day until the Friday before Memorial Day (excluding Springfest and Sunfest weekends).  Parking is also free April 1st through October 31st.  Feel free to bring your pets along, as leashed dogs are welcome on the beach and Boardwalk from October 1st through April 30th.  (Browse our Pet-Friendly Rentals page to view homes that permit pets.)

Fantastic Dining, Shopping and Activities

Snow and sand do not mix, but there is just something about seeing Ocean City in all seasons of the year that is so peaceful and wonderful to experience. Beachcombers love the off-season since it’s the perfect time to search for seashells as they wash up onto the shore (especially after storms in the spring or fall).  It is also not unusual to see rare marine life make an appearance every now and then, such as migrating seals that stop to rest on the beach.  If retail therapy is what you seek, Ocean City offers a variety of great shopping options – from small shops like Ish Boutique and South Moon Under to The Tanger Outlets in West Ocean City, which features discount shopping at big name stores like American Eagle, Under Armour, and more.  Ready for a bite to eat?  There are many town favorite restaurants that offer daily lunch and dinner specials, such as OC Wasabi, Harrison’s Harbor Watch, and Harborside.  Be sure to check out Fishtales next to Bahia Marina on 18th St., which is open on weekends and features a beautiful bayfront beach with a playground for the kids.  Off-season fishing trips are also available there on the weekends. Reel in winner rock fish and enjoy your own freshly caught meal.

Budget-Friendly Vacation Rental Rates

Last, but not least, the best part about the off-season is low rental rates! Our best properties are waiting to offer you luxurious accommodations for a fraction of what it would cost in the summertime.  Here are some recommendations for awesome off-season getaways.

Acropolis 1 – 3-BR/3.5-BA/Sleeps 8 – Stay oceanfront on 63rd Street in one of Ocean City’s finest buildings.  Previously featured in Coastal Style Magazine as a “Prestigious Property,” this 3,000-square foot condo offers opulent décor, access to a rooftop hot tub, and beautiful views of the ocean and beach.

Sunset Island 6 Hidden Cove Way 2E – 3-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 8 – Escape to this quaint bayfront island off of 67th Street.  Located along the water, this upscale condo features peaceful bay views and access to first-class amenities including indoor/outdoor pools, a community clubhouse, private bayfront beaches, and more.

Belmont Towers 710 – 3-BR/2.5-BA/Sleeps 9 – Relax on your balcony while enjoying cool breezes and fantastic views of the ocean, inlet, and Assateague Island in the distance.  This spacious condo is situated on the south side of the popular Belmont Towers building located downtown on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

Beach Getaway – 4-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 10 – Bring your canine kids along to this spacious pet-friendly home located on the bayside of Coastal Highway on 86th Street.  Guests will enjoy all of the upscale finishes at this property, as well as a backyard deck, fire pit, grill, and private fenced-in yard.

Don’t wait – plan your off-season Ocean City escape today.  Browse VantageOceanCity.com or give us a call at (410) 723-2002 to let our Vacation Coordinators help you find the perfect vacation spot.