Captain
Mark Sampson

Member since December 2015 Sugarloaf Keys, United States
Background
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
Techniques
We’re happy to guide both conventional and fly anglers over the beautiful flats of the Florida Keys. Tarpon, bonefish, permit, redfish, barracuda, jacks, and snapper are just a few of the fish we encounter on the shallow flats that surround this tropical Island paradise. And if you like sharks the Keys is the place to be! From 3-foot bonnetheads to 12-foot great hammerheads, lemons of all sizes, blacktips, blacknose, and monster bulls, the calm shallow waters of the back-country is absolutely loaded with big predators that are just waiting for you to come down and play!

Hey, I'm Captain Mark Sampson

Sugarloaf Keys, United States
Background
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
Techniques
We’re happy to guide both conventional and fly anglers over the beautiful flats of the Florida Keys. Tarpon, bonefish, permit, redfish, barracuda, jacks, and snapper are just a few of the fish we encounter on the shallow flats that surround this tropical Island paradise. And if you like sharks the Keys is the place to be! From 3-foot bonnetheads to 12-foot great hammerheads, lemons of all sizes, blacktips, blacknose, and monster bulls, the calm shallow waters of the back-country is absolutely loaded with big predators that are just waiting for you to come down and play!
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4.9 / 5
(26 reviews)
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Sugarloaf Keys
Trips from US $500
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4.9 / 5
(108 reviews)
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Ocean City
Trips from US $750

Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 134 reviews
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
99%
Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Caught fish
88%
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Tara M.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Shark Fishing

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Nearshore Shark Trip (PM) on June 17, 2024
Mark was a great Capt.  He was very knowledgeable and personable. His mate Jake was a very hard worker. Also very knowledgeable. ...
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Alexis A.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Amazing Shark Experience!

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Nearshore Shark Trip (AM) on June 19, 2024
Captain Mark and his mate were absolutely amazing! His mate helped us so much! They were both super friendly and informative,...
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Jon L.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Fishing with Mark

VERIFIED   Half Day Nearshore Shark Trip (PM) on August 20, 2023
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Angela D.
Mifflintown, PA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Full day trip with Captain Mark

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Nearshore Shark on August 19, 2023
This is our second trip this year with Captain Mark and Jake.  We could not be happier with the overall experience of both...
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Justin L.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Fishing trip in July

VERIFIED   Half Day Nearshore Shark Trip (PM) on July 21, 2023
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