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.

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 5 Feb - 30 Apr
    US$ 600
    up to 2 persons
    Full day trips usually run from 8:am to 4:PM, although those time may be adjusted to take advantage of different fishing conditions and our clients own schedule.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 5 Feb - 30 Apr
    US$ 400
    up to 2 persons
    Half day trips are typically 5-hours and run from 7:am until 12-noon or from 1:PM until 6:pm
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great)
Jack Crevalle

Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Bonnethead)

Shark (Hammerhead)
Snapper (Mangrove)
Spotted Seatrout

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

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing
Kite Fishing


Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment


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.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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:
American Express

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

4.97 out of 5 stars from 10 reviews

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Excellent day with Mark. The conditions were not ideal but he put us on a lot of fish. He even gave us an extra hour to try to hook into a big one.
I caught a 4ft Lemon Shark. Wow what a battle.

Fished March 14, 2018
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Great experience with rod and reel.

Fished March 6, 2018
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Fished March 2, 2018
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