Fish Finder Adventures

The warm, tropical climate and the outstanding beauty of the Florida Keys attracts visitors from around the world every year, and Fish Finder adventures is here to show you why. Come 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 fishing 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 before firing. 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.

From February through April, you’ll have the chance to fly fish. Go after 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 marine plants and stunning birdlife. Come and discover the unique and stunningly beautiful ecosystem of Florida’s shallow water backcountry, and you’ll want to move to this little slice of paradise.

Fish Finder Adventures promises you an all-rounded fishing adventure to discover some incredible beauty. Come aboard and see for yourself!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Feb 5 - Apr 30
    $650
    up to 2 persons
    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; or try to fill the boat with delicious Redfish, Snappers, and Trout. Whatever you want, the Keys has it, so don't miss out!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $550
    up to 2 persons
    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
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Feb 8 - May 5
    $450
    up to 2 persons
    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. Go after anything from Snappers and Seatrout to Tarpon and Sharks, and land that prized catch.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Feb 8 - May 5
    $450
    up to 2 persons
    If you're looking for a fishing adventure but don't fancy an early start, then there's no need to worry. Come out in the afternoon and explore the productive waters of the Florida Keys. Get ready for a fun-filled fishing adventure, be you a novice or a pro, as you target tasty Trout and Snappers or tough-fighting Tarpon, Sharks, and more.
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About the Captain

Mark Sampson
Summerland Key, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
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

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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 Cancellation
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
Photos by reviewers (18)
4.90
out of 5 stars from 13 reviews
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5 Hour Trip
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Angler Rating
12
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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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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
 5.00
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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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Todd B.
Des Plaines, IL
 5.00
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March fishing trip

VERIFIED   March 14, 2018
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...
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