This upcoming Monday, is, THE BIG ONE. Before the sun begins to peak it’s rays above the horizon, before the rooster crows or the hound howls, and most likely, even before your first cup of coffee, anglers will have set out from Harbour Island, Ocean City on an adventure. An adventure for treasure. For these adventurers, like it has been for many years, the treasure they seek lies beneath the sea. But it is not gold or relics of old, it’s the creatures that live within it. The White Marlin. Known to be a rare and solitary species, it has been coveted by watermen since the Atlantic was the Atlantic. In the ol’ days this beautiful creature was known as Skilligalee (say that word out loud and you’ll want one too). People have always sought after this sailfish, for it’s meat, for the story, the adventure, and now they will come to Ocean City, MD for the riches that it could bring. Last year’s lone Skilligalee brought it’s capturer over $1,400,000.

OCMD is historically a fishing town. Back then, men would simply drag boats to the water’s edge and navigate through the surf. Imagine these salty fellas yelling ‘SKILLIGALEE!’ over pounding wind and rain. In 1933 a hurricane tore a hole in the land creating a passable inlet, thus bettering life and fishing chances in Ocean City, MD.

For those that are not going to enter the tournament and want to enjoy the town fishing, there are quite a few options for you as well. An island, by definition, is surrounded by water and thats where you’ll find fish. The bulkhead at 2nd thru 4th Street is a free fishing zone, you can fish without a license here. You still need to be part of a registry (call 855-855-3906). Keeper flounder can be found there with a slacking tide. Anglers can also find sea bass, rock, spot, croaker, bluefish, tautog, and puppy drum. If the tides moving hard, cast straight down, its deep enough and you won’t get hung up. The OC Pier is another spot you can fish without a MD license. Kingfish and croaker have been running hot there these past couple weeks. The Route 50 bridge coming into Ocean City is also a hotspot for anglers. You’ll need a MD License for that, which are reasonably priced. So remember, you don’t need a big fancy boat to hook a nice fish in Ocean City, MD.

Speaking of big fancy boats… there are a few ways to enjoy Ocean City’s White Marlin Open. Known as ‘The World’s Largest Billfish Tournament’ and celebrating it’s 40th Anniversary this event is sure not to disappoint. One way to get into the action is simply entering the tournament. You’ll need a boat. A big boat. Think JAWS big. And then think, ‘We’re gonna need a bigger boat.’ For those that do enter, good luck! Another way to enjoy the tournament is to head down to the inlet and Harrison’s Harbor Watch Restaurant to watch the parade of big fancy boats heading out to sea. Harbor Watch has the best view in town and the seafarer knowledge to go with it. By far, the most popular way to take the action in is to head down to the Harbour Island Marina on 14th Street and the Bay. There you can watch the big fancy boats come in, witness the sea creatures being weighed and check out the vendors. There’s always a festival atmosphere going on down there and usually the town provides a shuttle from the convention center to the harbour. So, from August 5th through the 9th it’s ‘Skilligalee Week’ here in Ocean City, MD. Enjoy.


The Global Soap Project, Hilton Suites Participates

You might be surprised to learn that the leading causes of death for children globally are hygiene-related illnesses, which claim more than 2.4 million lives each year.  That’s nearly one-third of all child deaths.  Handwashing with soap is the single most effective way to prevent those deaths. In fact, soap is more effective than vaccines, medications, or clean water initiatives alone. Research has shown that soap can reduce the morbidity rates by more than 47% — meaning that ...read more

RAMPS. In roughly two weeks the Ocean City beaches will be full of these things. Concrete ramps, wooden ramps, steel ramps, vert ramps, kicker ramps, spine ramps, natural moving water ramps (waves) and every other kinda ramp in between. We can rest assure that Evel Knievel will be smiling down on Ocean City during Dew Tour weekend. No, Evel didn’t invent the ramp, or the wheel, but he was the first to cast the spell of RADICAL upon these simple machines. What he did was true magic ...read more

Red Bull Helicopter going inverted during the air show.

As in there will be planes in Ocean City.  June 8th through the 9th, Ocean City will be looking to the skies in awe as the 6th annual Air Show transcends.  There is nothing plain about this event with the nations top civilian performers demonstrating flight formations and cutting edge jet technology, this event is anything but for the birds!  The show is free and visible to those in close proximity to the boardwalk. Those seeking a more birds eye view, the Drop Zone and the Club ...read more

Cruisin the Ocean City Maryland Boardwalk

The transition into summer always feels the lengthiest.  As an Ocean City-zen, some indicators that summer is nearly here are all around; the influx of people, the option to go to more than one restaurant, the weather…the recent thunder storms. . .oh wait that’s not thunder!? It’s Cruisin’ Ocean City week!  The roar of the cars cruisin’ may fool a small child but not you. As an intelligent Ocean City frequenter you know this is the time of year when coastal highway is taken ...read more

Here in Ocean City, MD there’s quite a bit of living history. You can enjoy many of the same things today, that people enjoyed 50 and even 100 years ago. Trimper’s Carousel, Fisher’s Popcorn and swimming in the Atlantic Ocean are just a few that come to mind. One that might not come to mind on first thought, but is very much a part of Ocean City’s history, is the town’s skatepark. THE OCEAN BOWL. The Ocean Bowl’s roots run deep down on 3rd street, so deep, that it is, in fact, the ...read more

Springfest in Ocean City, Maryland

Or as the locals like to call it, “Spring fest”.  The multicolored banners spanning from Salisbury to Ocean City are a constant reminder that Springfest is coming “4 day event” “May 2-5” and it’s time to celebrate.  This reminder is convenient because with the bipolar weather, one often forgets Spring is here.  This Springfest, forgive Spring for being such a tease.  Indulge the senses with salty sea air and salty treats.  There will be many a vendor to explore.  ...read more

third annual bikes to the beach in ocean city maryland

The invention of the wheel is a pretty significant milestone for mankind and the weekend of April 25th-28th we celebrate the minds that ventured outside the box.  Bikes to the Beach endorses life on the road and American ingenuity.  This is the third annual event and in the past it has proven to be a lively and loud showcasing of man and machinery.  Bikes to the Beach will be held at Hoopers Crab House, located in west Ocean City. Exiting from 50 to the 90 bridge, will allow plenty ...read more

Who doesn’t like a delicious ripened tomato grown in your own backyard? Sounds good, and there are so many ways to enjoy these summertime treats. Perhaps you’d like to slice it up and place it between two warm slices of toast with a little bit of mayo? A classic Eastern Shore ‘mater sammich.’ This is how self proclaimed ‘tomato nut’ Jim Hudson most enjoys a delicious ripe tomato. It would be wise to trust his seasoned tomato taste, as owner of Luke’s Premier Foods his company is the ...read more

Have an amazing wedding on the beach in Ocean City, Maryland

Memorial Day is just around the corner, so why not have those white dresses picked out?  This April 14th from 1-4pm, join an array of wedding vendors as they showcase this year’s upcoming bridal fashions.  Whether you are a blushing bride, bride to be, or just enjoy blush wine, this bridal show has much to offer. If fashion has not got you excited, there will also be live music and prizes, which include a free Caribbean Cruise for two!  For the brides, if you have already exhausted ...read more

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