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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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(25 reviews)
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Sugarloaf Keys
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trips from $500
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(80 reviews)
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Ocean City
 2 bookings in the past week.
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trips from $750

Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 105 reviews
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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3\/4 Day on the flats
Half Day Trip
Half day trip with Captain Mark
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Good experience
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Friendly captain
100%
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Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
90%
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George W.
Ocean City, MD
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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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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Brandon S.
Forest City, PA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half Day Shark Fishing With Captain Mark

VERIFIED   Half Day Nearshore Shark Trip (AM) on July 14, 2022
My dad and I went out for a morning half day shark. This was our first shark fishing trip ever. Captain Mark took us out about...
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Tony P.
Harmony, PA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
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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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Great experience, great Captain and First Mate

VERIFIED   Half Day Nearshore Shark Trip (PM) on June 15, 2022
The 4 hour trip was great.  My Grandson caught his first shark and helped measure and tag it. I caught and released my largest...
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Susan S.
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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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
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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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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