Mark Davis started fishing at the age of four and began solo fishing trips at age 10. Since, he has dedicated over 30 years to fishing. He’s worked in retail, wholesale, manufacturing, advertising, public relations and the marketing of everything fishing. That drive mixed with his passion for travel inspired Mark to risk it all, cash out his 401k and produce a television show called Big Water Adventures.
15 years later, Mark is still catching fish on film for his tv show that has grown into the longest running saltwater show in history. During that time, he has captured 300-400 different species of fish on camera. Every year, Mark heads to Alaska and Australia to catch fish that can be found on everyone’s bucket lists. On good trips they capture and film over 50 species fish, during a great trip, it’s closer to 75 or 100.
Conservation is an important part of Mark’s life and work. He has a long history of advocating for certain fish to be put on the off-limits list, like the bear snapper. “They’re incredibly slow growing,” Mark says. “It may take the fish 10 years to hit sexual maturity. You could be killing off these incredible fish before they’ve had the chance to reproduce. If I’m not going to eat, keep or kill, I don’t even pull it out of the water, unless it’s just for a second.” Mark strives to share these fish with his viewers without being intrusive in their environment. By joining them in the water, he discovered that he could hold a fish even those that weigh hundreds of pounds. Mark puts them at ease by simply turning the fish upright, putting him and the fish in a less dangerous situation.
Mark will continue to travel to beautiful locations in search of new species of fish to film and share with his viewers. His passion for conservation enables him to pursue new ways to interact and connect with fish without removing them from their environment.
52 Total Telly Awards on 13 Seasons of Big Water Adventures
FAVORITE BODY OF WATER
The Indian Ocean off the westside of Australia