Mark loves bass fishing and having a great day on the water. He grew up fishing with his father and proceeded to move on to fishing professional bass tournaments on the Everstart and BFL tours. Mark loved bass fishing so much he left his career as a golf course manager to become a professional guide on Lake Okeechobee.
Mark works very hard to assure that you have a great day even if the fish are slow in biting some days, though that isn't very often on a lake as good as Okeechobee. Having a safe, comfortable, and fun filled day is guaranteed with Mark and his warm, friendly personality.
While fishing in his home state of Ohio, Mark had plenty of success which included numerous wins and high finishes.
- 2002 West Virginia Bass Festival Champion
- 2001 B.A.S.S. Federation of Ohio, Team and Individual Finalist
- 2000 B.A.S.S. Federation Regional 2nd place
- 2000 West Virginia Bass Festival 4th place
- Stratos/Javelin World Championship Qualifier
- 2 Time Ohio River Team Circuit Top 10
Fishing tournaments helped further Mark's knowledge and ability to quickly locate and catch fish. This was an important step in becoming the professional guide he is today. After Mark made several trips to Lake Okeechobee and discovered how great the bass fishing was there, he and his wife moved to Clewiston permanently to become a full time professional guide. Mark quickly became one of the most sought after guides on the lake as word of his fun filled days and success in locating and catching Lake Okeechobee's trophies spread.
Mark loves to help anglers become good fishermen and spends a lot of the day teaching the art of catching bass. He will help you to learn everything from the basics of using a bait casting reel to choosing the right lures and tying the correct knot. After spending a day on the water with Mark, you too will see why so many anglers choose him to provide a lifetime of memories from the Big "O". Whether you fish lures or wild shiners, the day will be remembered for years to come.
Captain Mark is also a member of the very exclusive IGFA Certified Captain Program. The IGFA is the governing body of the sport fishing industry and has established their own classification of certified guides that meet the standards and practices that the IGFA were founded on.
Mark's wife, Diane, is very supportive in helping Mark with his guide business and fishing tournaments around the country. Every fisherman needs a lot of support and Mark is fortunate to have Diane behind him on a daily basis.