Fish Finder Adventures

Overseas Highway
Cudjoe Key FL, United States

The warm, tropical climate and the outstanding beauty of the Florida Keys attracts visitors from around the world every year. The area has a long and rich fishing tradition and is famous worldwide for its quality and diverse fishery. From February through April we’re there too, fly and spin fishing for Tarpon. Bonefish, Sharks, Permit, Jacks, Barracudas, Redfish, Snook and countless other species that thrive the shallow waters of the backcountry flats.

Sight fishing the flats is a combination of fishing and hunting as the angler stands on the bow, searching the shallow waters and ready to fire off a cast when a the quarry comes into sight. Although much of the fishing we do in the flats is in less than three feet of water, sometimes even less than a foot, the fish we target are often anything but ‘skinny’! We frequently encounter huge Tarpon, enormous Sharks, Barracuda and a host of other gamefish that lurk in the shallow water and offer anglers an incredibly unique and exciting fishing experience.

Our boat “Fish’n Fly” is a 17’ Maverick flats-skiff designed and rigged specifically for shallow water fishing. The boat is fast and quiet, equipped with a push pole and electric motor to allow us to sneak within casting range of even the spookiest fish. She can easily transport myself and up to two anglers to fishing areas inaccessible to many other boats.

In between fish bites our clients will see and learn about sea turtles, corals, sponges, jellyfish, the mangrove islands, marine plants and stunning bird life that all make up the unique and stunningly beautiful ecosystem of Florida’s shallow water backcountry.

We are ready and eager to take anglers of all ages and skill levels for full or half day trips fishing with spinning or fly tackle around the Florida Keys from February to April.

The warm, tropical climate and the outstanding beauty of the Florida Keys attracts visitors from around the world every year. The area has a long and rich fishing tradition and is famous worldwide for its quality and diverse fishery. From February th

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Trip Date:
  • Full Day Trip
    8 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 600 private charter
  • Half Day Trip
    5 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 400 private charter

About this listing

Boat Specs

Maverick (Flats boat) originally built in 1994. Powered by a 90HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

17 ft
2 persons
Types of Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry and ocean side
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Spinning tackle and some conventional
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing
Kite Fishing
Targeted Species
Barracuda (Great)

Jack Crevalle


Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Bonnethead)

Shark (Hammerhead)
Snapper (Mangrove)

Spotted Seatrout
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Spinning gear also
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Spinning gear also
Live Bait Well
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Your Florida license is covered while you're aboard
Fly Fishing Equipment
Spinning gear also
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 7 days before the trip date.
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Some fish are C&R only
Catch and Release Allowed

10% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, PayPal.

About the Captain

Mark Sampson
Cudjoe Key, Florida, United States
Member since December 2015
I've been working in the recreational fishing industry since I was a kid, first as a dock-boy and eventually as manager of an Ocean City Maryland marina. But since 1987 my "full-time" job has been charter boat captain and fishing guide. Besides fishing out of Ocean City and the Florida Keys, I also work as an outdoor writer, and a captains school instructor. Here are some highlights: Master - Captain and Fishing Guide since 1986 Founder - Ocean City Shark Tournament Outdoor writer - published in more than a dozen journals and magazines Author of Modern Sharking, published 2008 Guide for 20 IGFA world records and numerous Maryland state records Shark Research - tagging & data collection, Volunteer - National Aquarium Marine Animal Rescue Program Advisor - NMFS Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel Instructor - Three B's Captain's School
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

Cudjoe Key Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

5 out of 5 stars from 7 reviews

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We were rigged for anything that came our way.  At one point we had a tarpon rig with large crab, a kite rig for sharks, a shrimp rig for sharks, and a small crab rig for permit,  and a large surface plug for Barracuda.  We landed two huge Barracuda on the surface plug, and a nice bonnet shark on a shrimp.  Captain Mike is extremely pleasant to fish with as well as a patient teacher.  I highly recommend this guide!

Fished April 4, 2017
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Had a great day of flats fishing with Capt. Mark. You can’t go wrong!

Fished March 29, 2017
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19/03 we had a great fishing trip with Captain Mark. He knows all fish habitat areas, helps starting with ocean fishing very fast. He teaches to take all the fishes in the right way. As a result I caught enough amount of fish. I was a little scared of sharks before today, but after this adventure I begin treating them with respect. Rounding in the water near me blacktip sharks made unforgettable impression on me. I was very glad to catch one of them. Thank you very much Captain Mark! Highly recommend to all new adventure searchers!  Alex

Fished March 19, 2017
Mark Sampson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on March 28, 2017

Hello Alex and Ksenia,

I hope the two of you arrived home safely from your trip to the US and I wanted to thank you again for fishing with me last week. It was a pleasure to meet you both and I am happy to know that I now have friends in your country. Hopefully the weather wasn’t too cold when you got back home and your carp fishing in May will produce some big fish. Feel free to send photos or stories anytime about your fishing adventures.


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