Captain
Mark Sampson

Member since December 2015 Summerland 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 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

Summerland 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 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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Summerland Key
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Darby B.
Martinsburg, WV
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Good Day Fishing!

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Nearshore Shark Trip (AM) on July 1, 2021
Captain Mark with Fish Finders was a pleasure! Very professional, and knowledgeable about sharks and fish in general. He was...
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Jelena S.
New York, NY
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VERIFIED   Half Day Nearshore Shark Trip (PM) on August 28, 2020
We did the half day shark fishing trip. Unfortunately the weather forecast for the day we booked didn’t look great due to...
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Shawn M.
Mill Hall, PA
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VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Nearshore Shark Trip (AM) on July 8, 2021
The morning of our trip bad weather hit. Captain mark made the call that we could safely fish in the bay area where we caught...
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Roger C.
Mount Pleasant, PA
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Capt. Mark and Nate were awesome

VERIFIED   Half Day Nearshore Shark Trip (PM) on August 5, 2020
Sharks aren’t guaranteed, but we had a nice variety of 8 sharks.  Including one that Nate filleted up for us for dinner!...
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Todd S.
Jonestown, PA
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Great day out on the boat!

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Nearshore Shark Trip on July 23, 2021
We didn’t set the OC record for sharks caught, but we had a good time. Captain Mark is very knowledgable about sharks and...
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