Rainbow Charters is a 4th generation charter fishing business that has been operating out of Ponce Inlet, FL for more than 50 years. They offer a range of fishing trips, starting at a 4-hour day trip, up to a 12-hour adventure for hard-core anglers.

Captain Scott’s goal is to provide you with a memorable experience no matter what your fishing skills are. His excellent first mate is skilled at assisting the guest anglers with whatever help they need, to make their day a fun and successful day.

You will be fishing on a 39’ deep-sea fishing vessel with a 365 HP Caterpillar engine. The Rainbow II is a sturdy, seaworthy vessel that will provide a safe, enjoyable fishing trip. She is equipped with GPS, fishfinders, tackle, rods&reels, bait, outriggers, on-board bathroom, seating for all passengers, and safety equipment.

Go after Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Snapper, Mackerel, Amberjack, Barracuda, and Sailfish among other species. Offshore trips can take you as far as 50 miles off the coast, so you’ll have the chance to target the biggest fish the Gulf offers.

Everything is included in the price except for your personal snacks, lunches, and beverages.  Make sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, non-slip footwear, and a hat. If you think you might get seasick, think ahead and get some meds. Remember the camera to catch those special shots!

Rainbow Charters welcomes you aboard! Join for a memorable day on the water!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip – Gulf Stream
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,600
    Early bird catches the fish on this trip. You'll be going out as far as 44 miles, looking for some big game fish, such as Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Wahoo, and Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi). Come prepared with plenty of beverages, food, sun protection, non-slip shoes, and comfortable clothes. The captain provides all the bait, tackle, ice, and fish cleaning at the end of the day. You may want to bring a small cooler for your fish to take home.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip – Deep Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,200
    Be prepared for an all-day adventure. Bring plenty of beverages, food and sun protection. Dress in comfortable clothes and wear non-slip shoes. You can go as far as 40 miles out and will be catching a wide variety of fish. You'll be looking for some big game fish, such as Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo, Blue Marlin, and Mahi Mahi. The captain covers your equipment and catch cleaning. Bring a small cooler for your fish to take home.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,000
    This is an all day event, so come prepared with plenty of beverages, food, sun protection, non-slip shoes and comfortable clothes. You'll go up to 26 miles offshore, bottom fish or troll, or do both, depending on your preference. You'll be looking for a variety of fish, such as, but not limited to, Shark, Bonito, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Mackerel, Trigger, and Snapper. The captain covers all the fishing equipment you'll need.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $800
    This trip will take you up to 20 miles off the coast. Catch a variety of species, such as Tuna, Shark, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Grouper, and many more. Combine trolling and bottom fishing, whatever you prefer. Bring your snacks, beverages, sun protection, and don't forget the camera. The captain covers your fishing equipment.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $700
    This is a short, half day trip that can be booked in the morning, leaving at 6:30-7:00. Troll or bottom fish and ca Shark, Mahi Mahi, Cobia, Amberjack, and many other species. Bring drinks, snacks, sunblock, and sunglasses. All bait, tackle, and ice is provided. Fish cleaning is also provided. You may want to bring a small cooler for your fish.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $700
    Start your adventure in the afternoon and still catch a variety of fish such as Cobia, Mackerel, Triggerfish, and Wahoo, among others. You'll go up to 14 miles offshore. Bring your drinks, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. That sun can be hot! All the bait, tackle and ice is provided.
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About the Captain

Scott Ellis
Ponce Inlet, Florida, United States
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Member since September 2020
I am a fourth-generation fisherman. My family has been fishing out of Ponce Inlet for more than 50 years. I started fishing with my father, grandfather, and older brother as a mate as a young man and have fishing ever since. I've also run boats to Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Grand Cayman Islands, and the Bahamas. I chose to follow the family tradition of deep-sea fishing because I love the adventure of being on the ocean and I also enjoy watching my customers experience the excitement of reeling in a great catch.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Sailfish Sailfish

Seabass (Black) Black Seabass
Snapper (Red) Red Snapper
Triggerfish (Gray) Gray Triggerfish
Tuna (Blackfin) Blackfin Tuna

Boat Specs

Number One Hull, Key West, FL (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1982. Powered by a 365HP Caterpillar engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 15 knots.

Length
39 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Outriggers
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Outriggers

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days 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
Checks

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
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Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
77%
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George M.

The captain canceled

VERIFIED   NEW  October 15, 2021
The charter operation canceled 1 days after the trip date.
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Alan K.
Palm Coast, FL
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12 Hour Offshore

VERIFIED   12 Hour Trip – Gulf Stream on July 31, 2021
We really had a great time fishing on this trip.  The bite was kinda slow all day but the captain was very accommodating and...
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Maria H.
Poplar Grove, Illinois
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Half day w captain Scott & Collin

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on June 13, 2021
Had a great trip out with these guys. My aunt twisted her knee while out and injured herself- she can be quite the stubborn...
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Matthew B.
Valmeyer, IL
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Great Half Day Trip

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (PM) on July 30, 2021
Excellent experience! Scott and Collin were awesome and very knowledgeable on where to fish at. Moved us to the good spots....
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Karen U.
Ormond Beach, FL
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August fishing trip

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on August 7, 2021
We had a wonderful time on our half day charter.  The captain was extremely knowledgeable and great at finding the fish. Colin,...
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FAQs about Rainbow Charters

Rainbow Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $700 per group - 4 Hour Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $700 per group - 4 Hour Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $800 per group - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,000 per group - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - 10 Hour Trip – Deep Fishing (10 hours)
  • $1,600 per group - 12 Hour Trip – Gulf Stream (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Rainbow Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair (2 chairs)
  • GPS (Garmin touch screen with fishfinder)
  • Fishfinder (Furuno fishfinder)
  • Flybridge (Capt.'s chair and extra seating for a guest)
  • Outriggers

Trips booked with Rainbow Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (Nickname: J.J.. It's customary to tip the mate 20%)
  • Fishing License

Rainbow Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Offshore Fishing (up to 50 miles off shore)
  • Reef Fishing (natural and artificial)
  • Wreck Fishing (sunken ships, barges, tugboats)

Rainbow Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Rainbow Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Sailfish
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Triggerfish (Gray)
  • Tuna (Blackfin)