Captain
Mark Sampson

Member since December 2015

Cudjoe Key, 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 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, oh my - 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

Cudjoe Key, 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 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, oh my - 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!
Angler's Choice

My Charter Listings

Cudjoe Key
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US$ 400

Customer Reviews

5.00 out of 5 stars from 7 reviews

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Went fishing on Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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, a shrimp rig for sharks, and a small crab rig for permit,  and a large surface plug for Barracuda.  We landed two huge Barracuda on the surface plug, and a nice bonnet shark on a shrimp.  Captain Mike is extremely pleasant to fish with as well as a patient teacher.  I highly recommend this guide!

Fished April 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Had a great day of flats fishing with Capt. Mark. You can’t go wrong!

Fished March 2017

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Went fishing on Sunday, 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 fast. He teaches to take all the fishes in the right way. As a result I caught enough amount of fish. I was a little scared of sharks before today, but after this adventure I begin treating them with respect. Rounding in the water near me blacktip sharks made unforgettable impression on me. I was very glad to catch one of them. Thank you very much Captain Mark! Highly recommend to all new adventure searchers!  Alex

Fished March 2017

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Mark Sampson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hello Alex and Ksenia,

I hope the two of you arrived home safely from your trip to the US and I wanted to thank you again for fishing with me last week. It was a pleasure to meet you both and I am happy to know that I now have friends in your country. Hopefully the weather wasn’t too cold when you got back home and your carp fishing in May will produce some big fish. Feel free to send photos or stories anytime about your fishing adventures.

Mark

Went fishing on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Captain Mark is a top tier Captain that knows his stuff. He made it a very enjoyable experience even with out the fish; though there were plenty of fish too! Could tell from the start of the day he had a plan and as the day progressed I could tell why. I learned tides are a big thing on the flats and he knew where we had to be to have the best shot at catching. Still can’t get over how he spotted some of those fish, defiantly not as easy as it looks on TV. Highly recommended trip for anglers of all skill levels. Tight lines!

Fished February 2015

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Went fishing on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Had a great time and caught fish. You will never have a better fishing trip than fishing with Captain Sampson in the Keys. It’s a totally different experience.

Fished April 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fished April 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, April 21, 2016

I had an incredible experience fishing with Capt. Mark Sampson in Cudjoe Key.  He was able to get us to some amazing locations and target many different species.  We fished both with fly and spinning gear, and he is a very skilled guide with both.  I highly recommend fishing with him.

Fished April 2016

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