Fishing Downtown

By Scott Lenox

Fishing Downtown

If you want to do some fishing and you don’t have a boat, you have to take advantage of the fishing that downtown Ocean City has to offer.  From the pier on 9th street, to the bulkhead behind the ball fields from 2nd to 4th streets, to the route 50 bridge and the Oceanic Pier, downtown Ocean City offers a wide array of spots that can be very productive while fishing for your favorite back bay species.

Nick Denny sent me his report from the route 50 bridge from this morning and it included three throwback flounder that he caught while jigging white bucktails tipped with white Gulp.

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If you want a “one stop shop” for fishing downtown then The Oceanic Pier on the inlet is definitely the place to go.  One can catch shad, bluefish, rockfish, tautog, trout, flounder, croaker and other species during different times of the year and they have everything you need right in the shop.  They offer several different admission prices for hours, days of even several days and you don’t need a license to fish the pier.  You can come and go as you please during your access time and they have all the bait and tackle that you need for fishing the pier.   They even have rod rentals and drinks and snacks.  It’s a great place to take the kids and if you fish the evening you can see some incredible sunsets.  I got a report from “Bear” at the pier this morning with some of what’s been caught at The Oceanic Pier lately.

Doug Haltmeier with a nice keeper tautog


Jason Haltmeier with a nice tautog


Doug and Jason Haltmeier with a nice catch of bluefish


Glenn Applegate from PA with a keeper tautog


Tom Clark USMC with two throwback stripers caught on spec rigs.


31″ bluefish caught in the surf at 118th street on a finger mullet and a fish finder rig measured at the Oceanic Pier.


Lock angler Lucy with a nice tautog taken from 2nd street bulkhead measured at The Oceanic Pier.


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