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Ocean City Maryland

Updated on November 3, 2014

About Ocean City Maryland

This page has information and links about Ocean City Maryland.

Ocean City, Maryland is primarily a tourist resort, with a population that swells from less than 10,000 winter residents to over 2 million in the summer months.

Ocean City Maryland History

The Ocean City Inlet did not exist until1933, when the Chesapeake Potomac Hurricane tore thru the narrow island, separating Ocean City from Assateague Island.

The Army Corps of Engineers stabilized the inlet making the town among the top mid-Atlantic fishing ports. The access to productive fishing grounds brought not only commercial fishing but recreational fishing, mostly boats that fish offshore for tuna, sharks, billfish and bottom fish.

Assateague Island

Assateague Island is a pristine area along the coast of Maryland and Virginia. The majority of the Maryland parcel of the island lies within Assateague National Seashore. Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge includes roughly 400 acres property within the state of Maryland.

The coast, marshes, wildflowers, fields and areas of brush on Assateague provide ideal nesting and feeding habitat. Other songbirds inhabit the tall pine forests there. Warblers, nut hatches, sparrows, red wing blackbirds and others nest in the summer, while cardinals, jays, woodpeckers and finches reside there during the winter months.

Herons, egrets, ibises, oyster crackers, march hens and other shorebirds are frequently spotted along the marshes. On the beaches, dozens of species of sandpipers, plovers, gulls and terns feed, nest and raise chicks.

One of the most popular water activities is surf fishing on Assateague Island. Surf fishing is inexpensive, peaceful and usually requires simple tackle. Surf Fishermen can reach the surf on foot with a 4 wheel drive vehicle in designated areas.

West Ocean City Harbor

The West Ocean City Harbor is a local landmark. The facility includes a six-lane boat ramp, two ADA-compliant floating piers, bathrooms, and parking. West Ocean City Harbor provides boating access to the Atlantic Ocean and Coastal Bays.

In 2008, Ocean City began the "Harbor Day - At The Docks," festival, a family friendly program highlighting Ocean City’s important local maritime culture and traditions, including both commercial and sport fishing heritage.

The program is held along the waterfront and parking lot adjacent to Sunset Avenue in West Ocean City. The festival has exhibitor’s tents, educational displays, small stages for demonstrations and access to commercial and sport fishing boats.

White Marlin Capital of the World

Ocean City is known as "the white marlin capital of the world. White marlin are colorful fish. A hungry or agitated marlin will dramatically change color, known as "lighting up".

Marlin attack by charging the bait and and batting its bill at the offering. White marlin are protected from commercial harvest and practically all recreational fishermen choose to release all white marlin.

The largest white marlin ever recorded off Ocean City was caught by George Pierson near Poor Man's Canyon in 1980. The state record white marlin weighed 135 lbs.

Ocean City Inlet Jetty

The Ocean City inlet jetty is a well known fishing spot. The jetty protrudes east into the ocean and westerly into the bay. The structure is composed of large rocks and can be quite a treacherous place to fish.

The inlet current is brisk and this is not a place to fall in. The inlet itself has some rocks along the bottom and angler can expect to to loose some equipment.

Anglers here fish year round, catching tautog, sea bass, flounder, croaker, sea trout, bluefish, striped bass, sheepshead, herring, shad and other fish.

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