Maryland Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Maryland Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Maryland

Maryland: 16 fishing charters available

New Release Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(46 reviews)
Ocean City
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $950

Hocus Pocus Sport Fishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Ocean City
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $600

Spring Mix II Sport Fishing Charter

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(13 reviews)
Ocean City
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $415

Foolish Pleasures Sport Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(6 reviews)
Ocean City
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $900

Deep Sea Fishing in Maryland

If you’re a passionate sport angler, then you’re familiar with the incredible reputation of Maryland deep sea fishing. There’s only one way to get to the Atlantic Ocean around here, and that’s through the inlet in Ocean City. Needless to say, this town is the epicenter of local deep sea fishing.
 
Often called the “White Marlin Capital of the World,” Ocean City is home to numerous charters that specialize in finding the giants of the deep. All you have to do is pick a captain and hit the water, ready to earn your bragging rights!
 

What to Expect

If you’d like to test your hand in this deep sea fishery, there are a couple of things you should know. These expeditions usually last 10–12 hours and are reserved for seasoned fishermen looking for their next trophy catch.
 
It could take up to two hours (50–70 miles offshore) to get to the edge of the continental shelf and the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. You’ll find the best fishing action over the 50- and 100-fathom curve. 
 
When it comes to your prey, a variety of deep sea monsters are there for the taking – White and Blue Marlin, Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo. Sharks are also very popular targets, and you can go after Mako, Blue, and Threshers which hunt around the same fishing grounds.
 
White and Blue Marlin are the most prized catches and targeting them with light tackle is the ultimate thrill. Whites average in the 50–70 lb range. Landing a fish bigger than that is cause for celebration!
 
You can hook Tuna that weigh anywhere from 30–90 pounds, depending on the time of the year and your luck. When it comes to Mahi Mahi, they’re as abundant as they are delicious, and you can find some real lunkers in the bluewater.
 

When and Where to Go

If going after Marlin is your main focus, then you should hit the water anytime in August and September.
 
White Marlin pop up as early as June, but the season peaks towards the end of summer. This is the reason why the legendary White Marlin Open is usually scheduled for the first week of August.
 
The most productive fishing grounds are the canyons near the shelf’s edge – Baltimore Canyon, Norfolk Canyon, Poor Man’s Canyon, and Jack’s Spot for Tuna and Shark fishing.
 
Trolling with Mackerel, squid, ballyhoo, or lures is the name of the game when targeting Marlin, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo. When it comes to Tuna and Sharks, you can’t go wrong with chumming and chunking.
 

What to Bring

There’s a variety of trips you can choose from, depending on your fishing appetite, so anything from 10-hour expeditions to multi-day adventures is in the cards. Your captain will take care of all the necessary fishing licenses and will provide quality gear for you to use.
 
You’ll need to stock up on your favorite drinks, snacks, and food, and then you can relax while you wait for that reel to scream. Maryland deep sea fishing has a lot to boast about and the best thing you can do is go experience it all firsthand!
 
Maryland
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 24,785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Maryland

Check the weather forecast and plan ahead! We happened to book on a very windy and cold day that was much colder than the annual average for this time of year (second week of May).
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Check the weather forecast and plan ahead! We happened to book on a very windy and cold day that was much colder than the annual average for this time of year (second week of May).
Alecia  G.
Alecia G. Smithfield, VA
I think other than the weather fishing would’ve been a little better, plus going in trophy rock season probably wouldn’t do that again but we did catch some decent size cat fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I think other than the weather fishing would’ve been a little better, plus going in trophy rock season probably wouldn’t do that again but we did catch some decent size cat fish.
Melanie  T.
Melanie T. Woodbridge, Virginia
Listen to the Captain, if he does not think it makes sense to go out, reschedule. We were lucky, and had a nice weather day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to the Captain, if he does not think it makes sense to go out, reschedule. We were lucky, and had a nice weather day.
Carl  O.  B.
Carl O. B. Washington, District Of Columbia
Weather is always a crap shoot, but the fish are out there. Its easy to find a great boat to fish with.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Go out with Captain Wally - he's very knowledgeable. You'll have a great time and you'll catch lots of fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go out with Captain Wally - he's very knowledgeable. You'll have a great time and you'll catch lots of fish!
Patricia(Lynne)  M.
Patricia(Lynne) M. Mechanicsville, Maryland
Ask for the boat “BIFF!!” You will not be disappointed!! I truly found a Captain that cares the fishing and catch and release!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ask for the boat “BIFF!!” You will not be disappointed!! I truly found a Captain that cares the fishing and catch and release!
Will  P.
Will P. Harrisonburg, 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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
I would just recommend making sure that the weather is right for you, especially if you are prone to seasickness (ours was great anyway).
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would just recommend making sure that the weather is right for you, especially if you are prone to seasickness (ours was great anyway).
Anatoly  C.
Anatoly C. Annapolis, Maryland
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!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Stay in-shore, practice with the smaller fishes! Your target should be bottom-feeders and whiting! You will have a great time, for the first time, if you try not to do to much.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Stay in-shore, practice with the smaller fishes! Your target should be bottom-feeders and whiting! You will have a great time, for the first time, if you try not to do to much.
Marco  F.
Marco F. Saint Charles, MD
Do a bay side fishing trip before you book a all day big fishing trip to make sure you enjoy it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
If you’re hoping for rock fish (or whatever fish) make sure you can catch them. Turns out we missed fishing for rock fish by a day. Disappointing but still had a great time! Yes! We released the rock fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you’re hoping for rock fish (or whatever fish) make sure you can catch them. Turns out we missed fishing for rock fish by a day. Disappointing but still had a great time! Yes! We released the rock fish.
Chris  P.
Chris P. Dunkirk, MD
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Despite it being late in the season, Captain Billy worked hard to make sure that the guys all caught their limit. The first mate took great care of them, and all had a wonderful day on the Bay. Worth every $. Do not hesitate to book!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Despite it being late in the season, Captain Billy worked hard to make sure that the guys all caught their limit. The first mate took great care of them, and all had a wonderful day on the Bay. Worth every $. Do not hesitate to book!
Robin  C.
Robin C. Chesapeake Beach, MD
come prepared - welcome letter from captain addresses everything you need to know about what to expect, and what to bring, etc. (good company, good tunes, good food, sunglasses, stay hydrated) Take the Non-drowsy Dramamine just in case -
Excellent
5.0 / 5
come prepared - welcome letter from captain addresses everything you need to know about what to expect, and what to bring, etc. (good company, good tunes, good food, sunglasses, stay hydrated) Take the Non-drowsy Dramamine just in case -
Melissa  B.
Melissa B. United States
Keep your options open because the sea doesn’t have to cooperate with your plans.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Check the season of fish first. Rockfish were off season for the first 2 weeks ever on our trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check the season of fish first. Rockfish were off season for the first 2 weeks ever on our trip.
Robyn  J.
Robyn J. Sharpsburg, MD

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