Fish Finder Adventures

Capt. Mark Sampson Ocean City, MD Incorporated Licensed Insured

Hit the waters of Ocean City, Maryland with the knowledgeable, passionate Fish Finder Adventure crew! A blend of shark fishing, conservation, research and education, our shark trips are a truly a unique experience where the public is invited to join us to not only catch, release, and learn about sharks, but also assist and be a part of “real” shark research projects.

Because we are involved with assisting scientists in a number of different shark research projects, every shark we catch provides some measure of data to one or more studies. Some sharks are simply measured, released, and recorded. Some sharks are tagged with basic recapture type tags while some are fitted with expensive satellite transmitters. Every shark landing is important and logged into our daily shark data sheet which records the location, shark species, sex, length, estimated weight, bait used, type of hook used, location of the hook-set, depth hooked, time of day, water temperature, and various other aspects of the catch. This data is made available to shark researchers and marine managers. 

The 40’ FISH FINDER is a safe, clean, and comfortable six passenger, custom-built sport fishing charter boat. She’s equipped with more than enough modern tackle, equipment, and state-of-the-art electronics to effectively pursue and capture fish from the smallest minnow to the largest shark. Fly rods, spinning rods, bottom rods, stand-up and conventional trolling rods – the FISH FINDER is armed with a diverse enough arsenal of tackle to accommodate the whims of most fishermen.

One look at the FISH FINDER and you’ll have to agree that she’s a breed apart from the rest of the fleet. Inside you’ll find an enclosed head, v-bunks, and comfortable seating around a dinette table. Outside is a massive 11’X19’ fishing cockpit, an insulated fish-hold, fighting chair, outside seating and under a shaded canvas top around a 2nd dinette table. Charter fees aren’t inflated to cover fancy decorations, plush carpeting, and color TVs. This vessel is forty feet of very serious fishing machine!

Captain Mark Sampson will be at the helm of the Fish Finder while you’re out on the water. He’s been working in the recreational fishing industry since he was a kid, first as a dock-boy and eventually as manager of an Ocean City marina. But since 1987 his “full-time” job has been a charter boat captain and fishing guide. Besides fishing out of Ocean City and the Florida Keys, he also works as an outdoor writer, and a captain’s school instructor. Here are some highlights: U.S. Coast Guard licensed 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.

You’ll be hard pressed to find a more qualified Captain! Captain Mark Sampson will work tirelessly to provide a fun, safe, and successful day off the coast of Ocean City. Book your trip with Fish Finder Adventure today!

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  Launch Location

12904 Inlet Isle Lane, Ocean City

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Trips start at $675

3 Trips

1-6 guests

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1986 40' Sport Fisherman

450 HP engine(s)

  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Radar
  • Catch And Release Only
  • Children Welcome
  • Clients Keep Catch

Availability

TRIP DATE
NUMBER OF GUESTS

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private

HALF DAY NEARSHORE SHARK

Includes 6 guests

Trip time: 7:00am to 12:00pm (5 hours)

7 Day Cancellation Policy

Morning (7:am-12:noon)  or  afternoons (1:pm-6:pm).

Nearshore Shark Fishing Trips usually have us running 5-15 miles out where we use light tackle to hook mostly 3-5' sharks including duskies, hammerheads, Atlantic sharpnose, spinners, blacktips, and sandbars. Occasionally we'll also encounter threshers, blacknose, sand tigers, makos, and on a few (rare) occasions even great whites. These trips typicaly provide lots of action and a lot of light-tackle fun with a wide variety of shark species. Near shore trips are productive from the middle of June until early October and because we don't have to run too far out we can do both full and half-day trips.

Mid-June until mid-October.

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private

FULL DAY NEARSHORE SHARK

Includes 6 guests

Trip time: 7:00am to 3:00pm (8 hours)

7 Day Cancellation Policy

Full day (7:am - 3:pm)

Nearshore Shark Fishing Trips usually have us running 5-15 miles out where we use light tackle to hook mostly 3-5' sharks including duskies, hammerheads, Atlantic sharpnose, spinners, blacktips, and sandbars. Occasionally we'll also encounter threshers, blacknose, sand tigers, makos, and on a few (rare) occasions even great whites. These trips typicaly provide lots of action and a lot of light-tackle fun with a wide variety of shark species. Near shore trips are productive from the middle of June until early October and because we don't have to run too far out we can do both full and half-day trips.

Mid-June until mid-October.

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private

OFFSHORE SHARK

Includes 6 guests

Trip time: 7:00am to 6:00pm (11 hours)

7 Day Cancellation Policy

Offshore shark trips have us 20-35 miles offshore and are where we have best chance of encountering makos, blue, hammerhead, and tiger sharks (among other species). These are full and day trips only leaving the dock at 6:am and returning around 5:pm.

Offshore shark trips are run from mid-May until mid-June.

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Fish Species

Atlantic Croaker
Bluefish
Bonito
Cobia
Flounder
King Mackerel
Little Tunny (False Albacore)
Mahi Mahi
Norfolk Spot
Redfish
Rockfish
Sea Bass
Sharks
Striped Bass
Tautog
Triggerfish
Weakfish

Additional Details

Safety Features

  • Life Jackets
  • Life Raft
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • First-Aid Equipment
  • CPR-Trained Crew
  • Flares
  • VHF Radio

Navigation

  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Radar

Boat Features

  • Cooler

Facilities

  • Bed
  • Salon
  • Toilet

Boat Gear

  • Fighting Chair
  • First Mate
  • Livewell

Fishing Techniques

  • Bottom Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Jigging
  • Kite Fishing
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Trolling

Fishing Policies

  • Catch And Release Only
  • Children Welcome
  • Clients Keep Catch

Price Includes

  • Catch Cleaning & Filleting
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment
  • Fresh or Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Rods, Reels & Terminal Tackle

Minimum Age

  • No age limit, we welcome children!

Fishing Location

  • Inshore
  • Offshore

About the Vessel

Captain

Capt. Mark Sampson

Boat Type

Sport Fisherman

Boat Length

40

Year Built

1986

Engine Manufacturer

Cummins

Number of Engines

1

Engine Horsepower

450 HP