Fish Finder Adventures

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 Cancelation 7 days notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 5 Feb - 30 Apr
    $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 Cancelation 7 days notice
    5 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 8 Feb - 5 May
    $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

About the Captain

Mark Sampson
Summerland Key, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
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13 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
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 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) Barracuda (Great)
Bonefish Bonefish
Cobia Cobia
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Permit Permit
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Bonnethead) Shark (Bonnethead)
Shark (Hammerhead) Shark (Hammerhead)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

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
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Kite Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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

Payment

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:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.90
out of 5 stars from 13 reviews
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
90%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
92%
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Timo U.
Helsinki
 5.00
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Two days with Capt. Mark Sampson

VERIFIED   March 30, 2019
Two Finns on an extempore fishing trip in the Lower Keys. Luckily we hired Mark as our guide. On the first day he took...
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Scott H.
Lancaster, SC
 5.00
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5 Hour Trip

VERIFIED   March 25, 2019
Mark was a fantastic captain. He picked us up, on time, right at the sea wall of the house we were renting for the week. He...
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Mike P.
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
 4.00
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Half day with captain Mark

VERIFIED   April 21, 2019
Was a good experience.  Mark put us on a sufficient number of fish.  I question whether he used trolling motor too...
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Kseniia K.
Marathon, Florida
 5.00
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New amazing experience

VERIFIED   March 19, 2017
19/03 we had a great fishing trip with Captain Mark. He knows all fish habitat areas, helps starting with ocean fishing very...
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Alan S.
Key West, Florida
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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,...
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