Camping and Fishing Part 1
As the warmest months of the year approach, summer fishing season in Maryland is the best way to enjoy the state’s great outdoors! In our latest blog, Fishing Hotspots, we touched on Ocean City as a fisherman’s paradise. With wonderful fishing opportunities spanning over hundreds of square miles, this location is currently the hot spot for surf fishing.
Included in that wide span of surf is Assateague State Park, located on Assateague Island. This is the only oceanfront park in Maryland and is a barrier island bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Sinepuxent Bay on the west. This park is a great spot for weekend camping. Its 300 pet-friend sites fill up fast so be sure to book early. Assateague’s two miles of ocean beaches offer swimming, beachcombing, sunbathing, surfing, and fishing. The bayside offers visitors the chance to explore secluded coves by canoe or kayak. On the fishing front, Rudow’s Fishtalk Coastal Fishing Report says anglers have been catching a nice mix of panfish on fishbites and bloodworms while surf fishing, including spot, kingfish, and ocean perch. Some very sizable sharks are also being caught just past the surf.
If you're not into camping, there are plenty of hotels in Ocean City! From major hotel chains to bed-and-breakfasts and summer rentals. Another great spot for some family fishing is Inlet Park. This conveniently located boardwalk spot has great bottom fishing and crabbing options. The Ninth Street fishing pier is also the perfect place for those who love to fish. Located between Ninth Street and the bay, it's a well maintained pier with fish cleaning tables that are equipped with hoses for easy clean up. Anglers have been catching mostly spot and kingfish with the occasional flounder. Fresh cut bait, like crab or bunkers, are always good to use. It also seems that sand fleas with a piece of fishbite tape to hold are producing the best quality fish.
Looking to just relax and enjoy the outdoors? Tucked away on the lower Eastern Shore is Pocomoke River State Park. This park is well known for cypress swamps that border the Pocomoke River. Originating in the Great Cypress Swamp in Delaware, it flows southwesterly 45 miles to the Chesapeake Bay. The park provides a base for a vast array of outdoor activities ranging from fishing, biking, birding, boating, hiking, and more. Amenities at the park include camping, cabins, boat launch, picnic areas, playgrounds, picnic shelters, and a swimming pool.
With one of the most varied landscapes in the country, Maryland provides the best camping options for the entire family. The Coastal region boasts accessible history, beautiful scenery, and diverse wildlife that can make for an easy and memorable day or weekend getaway.
Get Ready for Your Next Fishing Outing
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Be sure to acquire your license from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources if you plan on heading out on your own, charter passengers are covered by the captain’s license.
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