Surf the seas in style with Ringmaster Charters. With the Gulf Stream gushing past Pompano Beach, you’ll have access to a range of delicious and big game fish, giving you a day to remember on the water. Captain John Caselli is a third-generation captain, having fished professionally since 14. He’s fished all over the US and Caribbean, but has settled in Hillsboro Inlet since age 20, and promises to share his knowledge and skills with each customer.

Prepare to be treated in luxury aboard the 53’ Hatteras convertible. Fitted with 3 air conditioners, ample seating inside and outside, and a fridge and ice box, you’re guaranteed the full treatment aboard. Catering can be arranged but feel free to bring your own food and use the kitchen at your leisure. Powered by twin 650 HP Diesel engines, you’ll speed off to the sweetest fishing spots, preparing to meet huge, powerful fish.

As you drift along, you’ll be trolling behind you, but you can also mix it up and bottom fish on nearer trips, or live bait fish as well on longer trips. Nearshore, expect to catch Amberjacks, Barracudas, and Kingfish while offshore the struggle will be greater against Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Swordfish, and Tuna.

You’re in for a big struggle, whichever you hook, and the first mate will be by your side to give you any assistance you need. Your rewards will be great at the end of the day when the crew cleans and prepares your catch for you to take home and cook. Some fish, like Marlin and Sailfish, will have to be released, according to law.

Novices and experts alike will love a trip with Ringmaster Charters, so come aboard and see the sea in style!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip Swordfishing / All In
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,800
    If a Swordfish is on your bucket list, southern Florida is one of the best places in the world to catch one of these gladiators of the sea. Spend 8 hours going after this beauty and you'll be in for a memorable day, and an almighty battle to get it aboard. This trip also includes live bait and the boat fully rigged to do anything all day if you don’t want to commit to just swordfishing.
  • Private trip
    Tournament
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,500
    Any Local tournament
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $2,700
    For those who want to experience all that this charter has to offer. This trip gives you the ultimate freedom to do as many different kinds of fishing as you want. You'll go after a range of big game fish, and the longer spent on the water, the better your chance of reeling one in there is. It also gives you to make the most of the facilities – ask for catering or bring some food.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,000
    On this 6 hour trip you'll get to mix up your fishing styles. Spend 4 hours trolling, and 2 hours live baiting. You'll head further offshore than on a half-day trip, especially when dolphins are around, adding a sightseeing element to the fishing trip. Go after big game fish like Sailfish, Swordfish, Wahoo, and Tuna, among others. You'll get to take home the most delicious for a well-deserved treat.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $700
    Stay nearshore and hit the magnificent fish the Atlantic has to offer. You'll hit the sweet spots in no time aboard a comfortable convertible. Use a range of trolling and bottom fishing to try to attract the bite of exceptional species such as Wahoo, Groupers, Barracuda, Amberjack, and more.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $700
    Head out to the Atlantic's nearshore, exploring the fantastic fishery on offer. Get to know all about the marine life off Florida's east coast, going after delicious species, such as Groupers, or try testing yourself against game fish like Amberjack, Barracuda, Bonita, and more. If you'd like to leave later than 1:00 p.m., just get in touch with the captain to arrange.
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About the Captain

John Caselli
Pompano Beach, Florida, United States
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Growing up in a fishing family under my grandfather, Captain Joe Senior, and my father, Captain Joe Jr, I fished summers in the Long Island Sound and the northeast canyons, then winters out of Pompano Beach, Florida, and the Bahamas. I started fishing professionally at age 14 and had my first charter boat at 18. By 20, I owned and operated the 43' charter boat “Bolo” out of Hillsboro Inlet. After 6 years and over 1,000 charters, I took a sabbatical to follow the tournament circuit to fish exotic spots all over the world. Now captain of the Ringmaster for 8 years, I have done another 2,000 charters out of Hillsboro Inlet. I and the rest of the crew on the “Ringmaster” strive to give our customers a great experience, and look forward to many seasons to come.

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Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Bonito Bonito
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Grouper (Black) Black Grouper
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Sailfish Sailfish
Swordfish Swordfish

Tilefish Tilefish
Tuna (Blackfin) Blackfin Tuna
Tuna (Skipjack) Skipjack Tuna
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Hatters 53 (Convertible) originally built in 1977, and restored in 2018. Powered by 2 650HP Detroit DieseL 12V71TI engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 18 knots.

Length
53 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Kite Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
94%
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Perfect day at sea

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on June 7, 2021
Captain John and First Mate Chris made this a really enjoyable day. The water was choppy but this boat handled the chop easily....
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Great Day Fishing 🎣

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on January 2, 2021
I have chartered 3 boats in 90 days. This was the best experience by far despite rough seas. My party included two dads, 10...
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Great Time!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 3, 2021
There were four of us and we all had a great time.  We caught lots of Bonita (bait fish), and was fun pulling them in but...
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Easy, fishing family fun

VERIFIED   Special 5 hour trip for Gwen Benoit on February 25, 2021
Captain John and Chris did a fantastic job keeping the kids engaged in fishing fun the whole time! And Rusty was such a treat!...
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Half Day with Ringmaster

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on August 1, 2021
Turned out to be a great day. Everybody with me reeled one in. My daughters brought their beginner luck and hauled in multiple...
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FAQs about Ringmaster Charters

Ringmaster Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $700 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $700 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $1,000 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,350 per person - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $1,500 per group - Tournament (9 hours)
  • $1,800 per group - Full Day Trip Swordfishing / All In (9 hours)

When you book a trip with Ringmaster Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Two fully-functioning WCs)
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Outriggers
  • Tuna Tubes
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Ringmaster Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Penn, Shimano, and more)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water)
  • First Mate (20-25% tips are customary)
  • Fishing License

Ringmaster Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

Ringmaster Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Kite Fishing (Must be informed in advance)
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Ringmaster Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Bonito
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Black)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Sailfish
  • Swordfish
  • Tilefish
  • Tuna (Blackfin)
  • Tuna (Skipjack)
  • Wahoo