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Fishing

Ocean City is a prime place for exciting sportfishing and casual fishing recreation. From bluefish to weakfish and lots in between, the fishing action occurs year-round.

Anglers working the surf land bluefish, flounder, sea bass, tautog (blackfish), kingfish, shark and the famous striped bass (rockfish). Fishermen flock to the beach when stripers pass through by the thousands. Spring and autumn bluefish runs are equally dramatic, as the feeding reaches frenzy proportions.

In the bays and creeks, weakfish (sea trout) are a favorite, along with sea bass, “snapper” blues, croaker and flounder. West of the county, the vast Delaware Bay yields more varieties, including drumfish, sheepshead, channel catfish and more.

Just north of town, parts of the old Longport Bridge has been converted to a fishing pier. South of town the Ocean Drive/Rush Chattin Bridge was designed specially to accommodate anglers.

New Jersey’s offshore waters are world famous for spine-tingling sportfishing action. Above the ridges, canyons, wrecks and reefs, anglers take prize-winning tuna, mahi (dorado), blue and white marlin, shark, wahoo and more.

Know the rules

You do not need a license to fish the saltwater surrounding Ocean City, but fishing is subject to quotas, size limits and other regulations. While no license is required, saltwater fishers are required to complete the FREE NJ registry


Surf fishing is allowed:

  • Anytime on unguarded beaches
  • Anytime in Corson’s Inlet State Park on the island’s southern tip
  • On guarded beaches before and after lifeguards are on duty

Ask the experts

To learn what’s running and which baits and lures are doing the trick, Ocean City’s fishing docks and tackle shops are your best resource. News travels fast around here – especially when fish stories are the topic.

Bay Cats

316 Bay Ave.
Ocean City, NJ 08226
609-391-7960

Bayview Watersports Marina

312 Bay Avenue
Ocean City, NJ 08226
609-399-5100

Beesleys Point Sea-Doo

912 N. Shore Road
Beesley's Point, NJ 08223
609-390-1113

Cape May Whale Watcher

1218 Wilson Drive
Cape May, NJ 08204
609-884-5445

Captain Robbin's Fishing & Dolphin Watching

228 Bay Avenue
Ocean City, NJ
609-391-6446

Chazman Sportfishing Charters

551 Roosevelt Blvd.
Marmora, NJ 08223
609-670-9591

DAKS Kayaks

1101 Asbury Avenue
Ocean City, NJ 08226
609-938-1185

Dolphin Watch & Stormin' Speedboat Rides

3rd & Bay
Ocean City, NJ 08226
609-398-5800

Duke O Fluke

Higbee & Bay Aves.
Somers Point, NJ 08244
609-926-2280

Fin-actics

1325 West Ave.
Ocean City, NJ 08226
609-398-2248

Fun Time Crabbing

1810 Somers Point-Mays Landing Rd.
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
609-736-3104

Jessie O' Fishing & Cruising Fleet

9317 Amherst Avenue
Margate City, NJ 08402
609-412-3635

Miss Avalon

1400 Ocean Drive
Avalon, NJ 08202
609-967-7455

North Star

300 Bay Avenue
Ocean City, NJ 08226
609-391-8300

OBeth Charters

9511 Amherst Avenue
Margate, NJ 08402
609-839-7709

Ocean City Fishing Center

300 Bay Avenue
Ocean City, NJ 08226
609-545-8736

Ocean City Fishing Club

14th Street & Boardwalk, P.O. Box 1215
Ocean City, NJ 08226
609-398-9800

Ocean City Parasail

232 Bay Avenue
Ocean City, NJ 08226
609-399-3559

Ocean City Sailing Foundation

520 Bay Ave., Bayside Center, PO Box 492
Ocean City, NJ 08226
(609) 418-3356

Pirate Voyages

232 Bay Avenue
Ocean City, NJ 08226
609-398-7555

Tackle Direct

6825 Tilton Road, Suite 3
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
609-788-3819

Watts O Fun

Ocean City, NJ 08226
(609) 545-8555

Wet N Wild Waverunner Rentals

244 Bay Ave.
Ocean City, NJ 08226
609-399-6527