Fish Finder Adventures

The warm, tropical climate and the outstanding beauty of the Florida Keys attracts visitors from around the world and Fish Finder adventures is here to show you why. Join us and discover the area’s long and rich fishing tradition, as you go after some prized creatures in stunning waters.

Who better to show you around than a passionate, experienced angler? Captain Mark Sampson has been working in the recreational fishing industry since he was young, and has now been running charters since 1987. He knows exactly what makes a successful trip, and can’t wait to show you the riches of the Keys.

Step aboard the “Fish’n Fly”, 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 you to sneak within casting range of even the spookiest fish. Up to 2 anglers are welcome aboard to fish areas inaccessible to many other boats.

Sight fishing the flats is a combination of fishing and hunting, as the angler stands on the bow, searching the shallow waters for a fish before firing a cast. While the waters may be "skinny," the fish are anything but! Get ready to come into contact with huge Tarpon, enormous Sharks, Barracuda and a host of other gamefish.

Join us in !arch or April to chase Tarpon, Bonefish, Sharks, Permit, Jacks, Barracudas, Redfish, Snook and countless other species that thrive in the shallow waters of the backcountry flats.

In between fish bites, you’ll explore waters full of sea turtles, coral, sponges, jellyfish, as you explore the mangrove islands full of tropical plants and stunning birdlife. Come and discover the unique and stunningly beautiful ecosystem of Florida’s shallow water backcountry.

Fish Finder Adventures promises you an all-rounded fishing adventure to discover the incredible beauty and rich history of the Florida Keys. Come aboard and see for yourself!



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  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - May 5
    Price for up to 2 persons
    US $500
    Whether you're a beginner looking to test the waters, or an avid angler craving that fix of fishing, this 5-hour trip is for you. Come aboard and explore the productive inshore waters out of the Florida Keys. Cast your bait or lure to some of the most prized backcountry fish including Snappers, Tarpon, Sharks, Barracuda, Bonefish, Jack's, Redfish, and Permit , and home your trophy!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - May 5
    Price for up to 2 persons
    US $600
    Spending those extra few hours on the water will give you the chance of exploring a range of fishing grounds. Hit the backcountry and flats for the bite of tough-fighting creatures such as Permit, Tarpon, Redfish, Sharks, and Jacks, and become the envy of anglers all over the place, as you land a trophy catch.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - May 5
    Price for up to 2 persons
    US $700
    Make the most of this incredible option to explore the rich backcountry and flats of the Florida Keys, as you spend 8 hours fishing like never before. Go after the inshore "Grand Slam" of Bonefish, Permit, and Tarpon; test your skills against monster Sharks. Whatever you want, the Keys has it, so don't miss out!
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Customer reviews

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4.9 / 5
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4.9 / 5
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5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Michael B.
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Flats On the fly

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on March 13, 2024
I had a great day with Mark! I was super impressed with his knowledge of the local species and how quickly he spotted fish....
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George W.
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3/4 day trip with Captain Mark

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on February 23, 2023
It wasn’t hard to see that Captain Mark is a very experienced guide. He had fishing tackle at the ready for the different...
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Fishing with Cpt. Mark

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on April 26, 2023
Absolutely fantastic trip. Cpt. Mark knows his sharks. We caught three lemons and one black tip all on fly. Awesome day. Definitely...
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Ivan E.
Ottawa, ON
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3/4 Day on the flats

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on March 21, 2023
Was a great day on the water, Captain Mark was awesome , put us on a variety of species from barracudas to sharks and more....
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3/4 day charter

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on April 5, 2022
My wife and I did a 3/4 day trip with Mark. He put us on fish all around the Cudjoe area. Jacks, snapper, and cudas. Lots of...
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FAQs about Fish Finder Adventures

Fish Finder Adventures offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $500 per group - Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • US $600 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • US $700 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Fish Finder Adventures, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well

Trips booked with Fish Finder Adventures include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Drinks (Water)
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Fish Finder Adventures offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Fish Finder Adventures offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Kite Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Fish Finder Adventures include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Bonefish
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Permit
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Shark (Bonnethead)
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Shark (Hammerhead)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon

Meet the Captain

Mark Sampson
Sugarloaf Keys, Florida, United States
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140 Customer reviews
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Member since December 2015
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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 in 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

About this listing

Targeted species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Bonefish Bonefish
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Permit Permit

Boat specs

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

Length
17 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Kite Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Drinks
Water
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

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.
Child Friendly
Catch and Release Allowed
Some fish are C&R only

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit 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:

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Visa
Mastercard
American Express
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