Captain Mark Wilson is a native Floridian with a long history of marine conservation, promoting responsible sport fishing, supporting local communities with education and awareness while becoming a steward of the marine environment. As an ambassador to Pure Fishing, Inc, Captain Mark promotes a broad range of quality tackle brands and products that include Penn, Berkley, All Star, Abu Garcia, Stren, 7 Strand and Fenwick. Between 1997 and 2000 Captain Mark earned his USCG Master Merchant Marine Officer license piloting a 105’ commercial vessel on long range excursions from Key West to the Dry Tortugas. From 2001 through 2005 he ran a commercial charter fishing business out of Port Canaveral aboard his 36’ sport fishing vessel Docked Wages. 2005 through 2009 he captained his 31’ Jupiter center console under the name TunaRude out of Port Canaveral, FL specializing in crossings to the Bahamas. Currently Captain Mark competes on the offshore tournament circuit with team Bloodstream. Captain Mark has held tournament director positions for a myriad of clubs and benefits including the 36th Annual FSFA Offshore Slam, the largest single day tournament payout in East Coast Central Florida. In 2003 he was awarded US Southeast Top Charter Boat for most Dolphin Releases aboard the vessel Docked Wages by Don Hammond of the South Carolina Dolphin Tagging Research Project. To read published articles by Captain Mark reference the Publications page on this website.
Licenses, Certifications and Professional Affiliations:
Vessel Deliveries and Captain For Hire Excursions:
Captain Mark is available for hire for vessel deliveries, private excursions or instructional charters on your vessel. Various local transfers have included East Coast Atlantic deliveries of vessels in the 30' - 105' range, departures to safe harbor during hurricane evacuations, crossings on Lake Okeechobee and to the Bahamian Islands. Previous long range vessel deliveries have included transfers from the Great Lakes to Florida East Coast via Mississippi river and Gulf of Mexico.
Promotional Speaking Engagements / Seminars:
Primary Vessel Experience:
Bridge of the MAD DOG VI
Mad Dog VI (1997-2000) Docked Wages (2001-2005)
Tuna Rude (2005-2009) Maverick (Speedy Jesus)