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You may think all of Maryland’s fishing rotates around the Chesapeake Bay, but Ocean City, MD fishing charters are here to show you there’s much more on offer. “OC” was given the title of “White Marlin Capital of the World” by President Roosevelt way back when. It’s a must-visit if you want to experience some of the best fishing the East Coast has to offer.
 
It’s not all about big game fishing here, though. The Isle of Wight and Assawoman Bays offer prime inshore action, with Flounder, Redfish, Sheepshead, and Spotted Seatrout. Near the inlet and out towards the reefs, it’s all about Maryland’s state fish – Striped Bass, or Rockfish, as it’s known locally. These beasts swim with Black Seabass, Bluefish, Tautog, and many more to ensure a fishing frenzy.
 
However, the further out you go, the more exciting it gets. Tiger, Hammerhead, Dusky, Bull, Blacktip, and even Mako Sharks are on the prowl for some prey in summer. This is also peak season for Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and Wahoo. Over 30 miles offshore, you can get your hands on these creatures and elusive White and Blue Marlin, so get ready for the trip of a lifetime.
 
Speaking of trips, inshore adventures are ideal for families and beginners, and can last anywhere from a couple of hours up to a full day. If you want to go after those trophy creatures offshore, you’ll need at least eight hours, with some captains offering overnight adventures. 
 

Rules & Regulations

Most Ocean City, MD fishing charters will provide your fishing license for you, but it’s worth checking with your captain before you go in case you need one. Your professional guide will also make sure you’re fishing within all legal size and bag limits. 
 
Ocean City
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January

Most of the fishing fleet leaves town over the winter months, taking the best of the fishing with it. This can be a beautiful time to explore Ocean City without a million tourists getting in your way, though.

February

Walk Ocean City's historic boardwalk in peace, as you explore the long beaches and take in the wild seascapes. Too cold? Head to the Seaside Boat Show, where over 350 boats are gathered and showcased indoors.

March

The first Flounder hit the shallows around Ocean City in March, bringing the inshore fishing fleet back with them. Jump aboard and bring the family along for an awesome day in the shallows.

April

Ocean City's fishing scene really gets going in April, with Bluefish, Flounder, and Tautog providing great catches. The summer crowds are still a distant dream and the waters are full of fish, so get out there!

May

The White Marlin Festival and Crab Soup Cook-Off promise plenty of fun for the kids and some of the most delicious soup around. Sign up, taste, and vote for the winner of the inspiring title of "Best Crab Soup!"

June

Tournament season starts in June with the Mako Mania Shark Tournament, an event which brings anglers from all over to battle the ocean's ultimate predators. Get in on the action or marvel at the monster fish. 

July

The Ocean City Tuna Tournament takes place every July, with over 100 boats competing to land the biggest Tuna. Even if you're not the competitive type, loads of huge Tuna can never be a bad thing.

August

The Ocean City White Marlin Open is, quite simply, the biggest fishing tournament in the world. Over 300 boats gather to battle monster Billfish, with millions of dollars in prize money at stake, as the city comes alive.

September

Tournament season winds down in September. The fishing is still great both inshore and offshore, so stick around and make the most of the quieter waters, with plenty of great rewards.

October

October is peak season for big Seabass in the waters around Ocean City. These guys are great table fare and are pretty fun to catch, so jump aboard and go score some dinner!

November

The Ocean City Winterfest of Lights makes Thanksgiving even more special. The waters are full of tasty Bass, Flounder, Tautog, and more, so ditch the turkey and enjoy a freshly-caught feast!

December

December is Rockfish mania in Ocean City. Striped Bass (known locally as Rockfish) is Maryland's state fish, and December is the peak time to catch them. Get your fish on and see out the year in style. 

Ocean City Fishing Calendar

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Weather is always a crap shoot, but the fish are out there. Its easy to find a great boat to fish with.
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Weather is always a crap shoot, but the fish are out there. Its easy to find a great boat to fish with.
Randy  G.
Randy G. Cunningham, VA
Yes, if this is your first time going out take your motion sickness pills at night and again in the morning. Good luck fishing. Safe seas and plenty of fish, The Moore Family
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Yes, if this is your first time going out take your motion sickness pills at night and again in the morning. Good luck fishing. Safe seas and plenty of fish, The Moore Family
Chris  M.
Chris M. Bunker Hill, WV
We fished in a canal, on the pier, on the Judith M (head boat) and with Sportsfishing East Coast. In all that had more fish than we could eat. A Great trip!!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
We fished in a canal, on the pier, on the Judith M (head boat) and with Sportsfishing East Coast. In all that had more fish than we could eat. A Great trip!!
Wayne  B.
Wayne B. Hagerstown, MD
Do a bay side fishing trip before you book a all day big fishing trip to make sure you enjoy it.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Do a bay side fishing trip before you book a all day big fishing trip to make sure you enjoy it.
Robert  M.
Robert M. Dallas, WV
Take trip for sea bass easy first time catch, good eating, lots of fun. Don't judge the trip by the size of the boat but the history of the captain.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Take trip for sea bass easy first time catch, good eating, lots of fun. Don't judge the trip by the size of the boat but the history of the captain.
Craig  W.
Craig W. Carlisle, Pennsylvania
22nd street, Fish Tails, bay side. On the Run charters. Captain Dave Caffrey.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
22nd street, Fish Tails, bay side. On the Run charters. Captain Dave Caffrey.
Leon  M.
Leon M. Milford, DE
We had a great day catching sea bass. Not an expert on fishing though, so do your own research before signing on.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
We had a great day catching sea bass. Not an expert on fishing though, so do your own research before signing on.
Jeffrey  S.
Jeffrey S. Colorado Springs, CO
Keep your options open because the sea doesn’t have to cooperate with your plans.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Keep your options open because the sea doesn’t have to cooperate with your plans.
Bill  E.
Bill E. Spring Grove, PA
Keep an open mind. There are lots of species to be caught. Any day spent fishing is a day well spent.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Keep an open mind. There are lots of species to be caught. Any day spent fishing is a day well spent.
Jennifer  H.
Jennifer H. Ocean City, Maryland
Bring drinks. Make sure your cell phone is charged. If you get seasick, take Dramamine.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Bring drinks. Make sure your cell phone is charged. If you get seasick, take Dramamine.
Jason  L.
Jason L. Lancaster, PA
Bay fishing wasn’t good cause of the water temp definitely don’t expect to catch many big fish in bay in July when the water is warm
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Bay fishing wasn’t good cause of the water temp definitely don’t expect to catch many big fish in bay in July when the water is warm
Jeff  B.
Jeff B. Thornton, WV
Late spring to early summer be sure to dress warm. I can get cold out on the water.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Late spring to early summer be sure to dress warm. I can get cold out on the water.
Richard  M.
Richard M. Salisbury, MD
If you're not used to being on a boat, bring dramamine, sun screen, and dress (in layers) for 10-15 degrees colder than the expected temperature and let the captain and mate do their job.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
If you're not used to being on a boat, bring dramamine, sun screen, and dress (in layers) for 10-15 degrees colder than the expected temperature and let the captain and mate do their job.
Paul  S.
Paul S. Lewes, Delaware
An excellent time for tautog. Bring a lot of white and green crab. The fresher, the better.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
An excellent time for tautog. Bring a lot of white and green crab. The fresher, the better.
Jennifer  Z.
Jennifer Z. Berlin, MD
You can fish for a number of species in Ocean City, whether it be something easier to catch for you first timers, or something that has a little more weight to it for those of us that appreciate a fight on the end of our line. You also have several areas available for throwing your line in the water or you can catch a charter for a few hours of overnight. And if you don't catch what you're looking for your first day, just go out the next day. It can change overnight!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
You can fish for a number of species in Ocean City, whether it be something easier to catch for you first timers, or something that has a little more weight to it for those of us that appreciate a fight on the end of our line. You also have several areas available for throwing your line in the water or you can catch a charter for a few hours of overnight. And if you don't catch what you're looking for your first day, just go out the next day. It can change overnight!
Lori  W.
Lori W. United States
The weather changed from many days of heat, to a cool fall like air temp...a windy day, we did not expect to be at all lucky, but were incredibly surprised. Kevin & Shane were very knowledgeable on how to land these nice size fish!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
The weather changed from many days of heat, to a cool fall like air temp...a windy day, we did not expect to be at all lucky, but were incredibly surprised. Kevin & Shane were very knowledgeable on how to land these nice size fish!
Bill  A.
Bill A. Silver Spring, MD
Look for small charters (like the Bayside Guide Service) around the bay for flounder during the day and rockfish & blues at night. Also try the Oceanic Pier at the inlet; especially good on moving tides and at night.
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Look for small charters (like the Bayside Guide Service) around the bay for flounder during the day and rockfish & blues at night. Also try the Oceanic Pier at the inlet; especially good on moving tides and at night.
Steve  B.
Steve B. Selbyville, DE
Book an evening trip with Captain Tony from Saltwater Adventures and tell him you want to catch blues under the bridge, it will blow your mind if you've never done it, I've fished all my life and you will never fight a fish as strong as a blue pound for pound. CRAZY FUN!!!
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Book an evening trip with Captain Tony from Saltwater Adventures and tell him you want to catch blues under the bridge, it will blow your mind if you've never done it, I've fished all my life and you will never fight a fish as strong as a blue pound for pound. CRAZY FUN!!!
James  D.
James D. Northfield, OH
Pick this charter, the Captain is very knowledgeable about the fish your trying to catch and were to find them
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Pick this charter, the Captain is very knowledgeable about the fish your trying to catch and were to find them
Tom  K.
Tom K. Washington, District Of Columbia
Do a private charter vs. the bigger boats with 50-60 people. The bigger boats a little cheaper but you have 4 people trying to fish in less than a 4 foot spot....lots of tangles and less opportunities to get fish with so many lines in the water.
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Do a private charter vs. the bigger boats with 50-60 people. The bigger boats a little cheaper but you have 4 people trying to fish in less than a 4 foot spot....lots of tangles and less opportunities to get fish with so many lines in the water.
Darlene  L.
Darlene L. Abingdon, Maryland

Just A Toy Guide Service
Just A Toy Guide Service
Fishing charter in Ocean City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 149 reviews
Folks, fantastic service here from Captain and crew. They got me on the fish and kept me on the fish along with the personal touch. Awesome trip to take your family, friends, and business associates on. You won’t be disappointed!!!!! Dr.E
James  E.
James E. Annapolis, Maryland
Bottom Bouncer Fishing
Bottom Bouncer Fishing
Fishing charter in Ocean City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 131 reviews
We booked a 5-hour trip. The Captain and first mate were great, cared for everything, and were very polite and professional. I will definitely book with them next season.
Kevin  C.
Kevin C. Smyrna, DE
Coastal Guide Service LLC
Coastal Guide Service LLC
Fishing charter in Ocean City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 179 reviews
Great Trip! Took my kids out for a wreck trip and we had a blast. Captain kept us on the fish for the entire trip. Definitely recommend!
Jason  T.
Jason T. United States
Just A Toy Guide Service
Just A Toy Guide Service
Fishing charter in Ocean City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 149 reviews
The fish were not biting in the bay and the sea was rough with waves 4 to 5 feet. Even though the seas were rough we went out 16 miles to fish a wreck for sea bass and flounder. We managed to catch 9 sea bass and 3 flounder of legal size along with several shorts. We had a good despite the rough conditions. I recommend Captain Robert for future trips.
Peter  L.
Peter L. Midlothian, VA
Bayside Guide Service
Bayside Guide Service
Fishing charter in Ocean City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 189 reviews
Was a beautiful day. We didn't catch any keepers, but caught a few throw backs and many hits during the trip. Captain and first mate very friendly and knowledgeable of area. Will definitely be back.
Kurt  M.
Kurt M. Castleton, VT
Bayside Guide Service
Bayside Guide Service
Fishing charter in Ocean City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 189 reviews
We had a blast, Wayne and Eric were great guides. 29 fish in the boat. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THESE GUYS! 🎣
Victoria  W.
Victoria W. United States
Whatever Guide Service
Whatever Guide Service
Fishing charter in Ocean City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 65 reviews
Awesome time. Relaxed but professional. Caught some keepers. Great value.
Kevin  F.
Kevin F. Columbia, MD
New Release Sportfishing
New Release Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Ocean City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 45 reviews
6 guys enjoyed a great day of bottom fishing on the New Release with Captains Troy and Debbie. We caught well over Black Sea Bass. Debbie ran the boat and put us right on fish with every drift. Troy did his best to keep up with our baits as fast as we pulled fish into the boat. A great day of fishing. Thanks to both Captains.
Randy  G.
Randy G. Cunningham, VA
Bayside Guide Service
Bayside Guide Service
Fishing charter in Ocean City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 189 reviews
Great experience. Good company. We found fish and that's what it's all about. Thanks guys. Just a great morning. We'll meet again
Kevin  G.
Kevin G. Dauberville, PA
Fish Finder Adventures 2
Fish Finder Adventures 2
Fishing charter in Ocean City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 50 reviews
Amazing trip. Everyone had such a great time. The kids were talking about the trip for days. These guys were amazing. Captain Mark and 1st mate Nate were very helpful and hands on with the kids. We caught 3 sharks and two big red drums. Definitely will be returning. Very highly recommend this charter.
Donna  H.
Donna H. Karthaus, PA
Fish Finder Adventures 2
Fish Finder Adventures 2
Fishing charter in Ocean City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 50 reviews
We had a glorious day with Captain Mark. My son loved the opportunity to catch and release a shark, that made his day. Captain Mark answered our questions and went out of his way so that we had a wonderful day. I highly recommend this charter and we are looking to book another in the spring.
Betker  F.
Betker F. Springfield, VA
Nina's Revenge Sportfishing
Nina's Revenge Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Ocean City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 20 reviews
Had an awesome time bringing in 6 yellow fin tuna. Would definitely recommend Nina's Revenge.
Gary  W.
Gary W. Grand Haven, MI
Bayside Guide Service
Bayside Guide Service
Fishing charter in Ocean City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 189 reviews
We totally enjoyed our day on the water. If we come back to Maryland, we will be sure to do it again. A+ crew.
Carrie  F.
Carrie F. Altoona, PA
Ocean City Girl
Ocean City Girl
Fishing charter in Ocean City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 36 reviews
Thank you Capt Jeff we couldn't have asked for a better morning! Calvin was wondering definitely something we will all remember for a long time. Hopefully we see you again! Thank you Jack Nelson
Jack  N.
Jack N. Annapolis, Maryland
Nina's Revenge Sportfishing
Nina's Revenge Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Ocean City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 20 reviews
I must say it was a long and slow day but Capt rob and mate heavy worked their butts off and got us on some nice fish . You win some you lose some but a day on the water with great people makes it all worth it and thank you again guys .. we will be back again
James  H.
James H. Middle River, MD
Bottom Bouncer Fishing
Bottom Bouncer Fishing
Fishing charter in Ocean City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 131 reviews
Captain John and Hunter did a great job. Kept us on top of fish all day and kept us entertained. We will definitely book another trip. Thank you guys
Michael  R.
Michael R. Milton, PA
Nina's Revenge Sportfishing
Nina's Revenge Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Ocean City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 20 reviews
The boat, equipment, crew, and experience were amazing. The waves were rough on our trip, but nothing the Captain could do about that. I definitely recommend this crew. They knew where to go for the good catches. We were able to see pods of dolphins which was pretty cool too. We'll be coming back to go back out with them again. Thanks, Captain Tob and Heavy! Fish on! 🐟
Robert  T.
Robert T. Ashburn, VA
Fish Finder Adventures 2
Fish Finder Adventures 2
Fishing charter in Ocean City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 50 reviews
Great people and was tons of fun would come back a thousand times just for this boat and crew
Filipe  R.
Filipe R. Union Beach, NJ
Bottom Bouncer Fishing
Bottom Bouncer Fishing
Fishing charter in Ocean City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 131 reviews
Whether was a little rough but Captain managed to find the fish. It was a fun trip. Would definitely be booking again!
Bryan  S.
Bryan S. Rising Sun, MD
Bayside Guide Service
Bayside Guide Service
Fishing charter in Ocean City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 189 reviews
Awesome time!!! We only caught one keeper, BUT 1. That isn’t the captain fault, and 2. We caught a good amount of 12-15 inch flounder, definitely could’ve caught more but we had some guys on the trip who couldn’t set hooks or the fish got off before it got to the surface, typical fishing problems. I’d recommend this guide to anyone. I am definitely going back with him in the future. Wayne and Eric are great guys.
Hunter  S.
Hunter S. Bainbridge, MD

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Ocean City

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Ocean City costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $476, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,479. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Ocean City is 37 ft and the most common vessel type is a Offshore sport fishing.

According to customer reviews, Islander Charters, Bayside Guide Service, and Saltwater Adventures, LLC. are some of the most popular fishing charters in Ocean City, Maryland. Full list of top fishing charters in Ocean City.

Islander Charters, Bayside Guide Service, and Saltwater Adventures, LLC. all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Ocean City.

The best way to experience fishing in Ocean City is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Ocean City, Maryland.

The most popular fish species you can target are Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Seabass (Black), and Flounder. Top fishing techniques include trolling, bottom fishing, and light tackle. Nearshore fishing, wreck fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

December is Rockfish mania in Ocean City. Striped Bass (known locally as Rockfish) is Maryland's state fish, and December is the peak time to catch them. Get your fish on and see out the year in style.  Check availability for local fishing charters in Ocean City.

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