Capt.Mark Sampson

Mark Sampson started his career in the boating and fishing industry in 1973 when, as a kid, he took a job working at a marina and tackle shop in Ocean City. Thirteen years later he acquired a US Coast Master’s license, bought a boat, and started his new career as a charter captain and fishing guide which continues to be his primary occupation today. Mark fishes out of his home town of Ocean City Maryland through most of the year and the Florida Keys for three months in the winter and early spring.

 Experience and education include:

  • 1986 – Current: US Cost Guard licensed 100-Ton Master w/towing endorsement.
  • 1973 – 1986: Manager, Bahia Marina, Ocean City, Md. 
  • 1986 – Current: Owner/operator, Fish Finder Adventures (fishing charters) including 40' custom sportfishing charter boat (Ocean City, Md) and 17' Maverick flats skiff outboard (Florida Keys
  • 1995 – 2005: President, Ocean City Charter Boat Captains Association. 
  • 1981 Graduate: Salisbury State University, BS - Business Administration
  • 1981 – 2014: Founder and director, Ocean City Shark Tournament.
  • 1995 – Current: Active member - Outdoor Writers Association of America.
  • 1997 – Current: NMFS Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel member
  • 2000 – 2013: Commissioner, Maryland Sportfishing Advisory Commission
  • 2008 – Author: Modern Sharking, sharks and shark fishing.