Sustainable Fishing, Marine Biology & Conservation

Background Pages

Captain Mark Sampson

Captain, Guide, Instructor, Writer

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 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:

  • 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
  • Master - 6th Degree Black Belt in Karate and a Kyosei Menkyo in Kenjutsu

 Active Member:

  • National Aquarium 
  • Outdoor Writers Association of America
  • Delaware Budokan (