The Captain

Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters Hollywood, FL

My Name Is

Captain Vinnie.

I started fishing in South Florida since I was 4 years old. My mother taught me how to fish in fresh water for bluegill and catfish; I have always loved fishing and have always been fascinated with fish.

When I turned 12 I started getting into saltwater fishing with my dad, my family had a house in Key Largo where we had a 25-foot center console boat and we would go out fishing the reefs and offshore waters of Key Largo.

Every now and then we would go down to the local charter boat dock in Islamorada where we had a few friends in the charter boat industry. I would love to see what the catch of the day was and ask them many questions about fishing, wondering one day if I would be as good as them.

Within the next few years, I developed a serious love for fishing. I started working on fishing charter boats by the age of 17 and obtained my first private job at 19. I worked on a charter boat in the Bahamas fishing tournaments for blue marlins. We fished in many of the billfish tournaments and came close to many top finishes. This was a great opportunity to learn things about rigging tackle and baits as well as boat handling and maintenance.

I obtained my 100 ton my Captain’s License soon after I returned and began looking for jobs. It was very hard to get hired because of my young age and lack of experience.

I soon decided to go into fishing charter business with a friend of mine whose dad let us use his boat for charter, it was a small boat (only 24 feet), but it was an opportunity. We were in business for about 3 years and then decided to go out own way. In those 3 years, I gained a lot of knowledge about how to treat customers and how the charter boat industry works.

My dad and I started looking for a boat to buy; he could see I was very serious about fishing and wanted to make a career out of it. We were very fortunate to find the YB Normal, a 43-foot Custom Sportfish. This was the perfect boat built in Key West specifically for charter. We eventually were lucky enough to find dock space in Fort Lauderdale at the world famous Bahi Mar and the rest is history


YB Normal

The YB Normal is a 43’ Torres sportfishing boat which has seen regular maintenance since the day she was built and makes for the perfect place for groups of 6 anglers to enjoy a great day’s fishing. She has a comfortable, air-conditioned interior with a bathroom, galley, and plenty of space to relax in between bites.

She is also loaded with a literal boatload of equipment and tech to make sure you get some great catches. The latest electronics from Garmin and Furuno will sound out the deep and have you always fishing in the right spot. Outriggers and downriggers will maximize your spread and target species, and a fighting chair will let you hold your own against whatever you hook.

  •  Toilet
  •  Child Friendly
  •  Air Conditioning
  •  Ice Box
  •  Rods, reels & tackle
  •  Fighting Chair