YB Normal

YB Normal is docked in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, ready and waiting to take groups out for a great day on the water. Captain Vinnie offers a range of trips, with four to eight-hour packages and the choice of coming as a group or jumping aboard a shared charter. With this many options, there is no excuse not to go fishing!

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 six anglers 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.

What you target will depend on the trip you choose. Half day charters will mainly drift and bottom fish around local reefs, targeting bottom species as well as a few fast-moving fish like King Mackerel and Bonito. Full and ¾ days can have you targeting anything from Tilefish to Sailfish, depending on what you want to get out of your trip.

Want to beat the heat and get some awesome catches while you do so? Book in for a nighttime Snapper charter, anchoring over local reefs as the sun goes down to target the big Yellowtail, Mangrove, and Mutton Snapper which come out after dark.

Whatever you do, you are in for a great time, with an experienced captain, quality equipment, and a whole ocean of awesome fish just waiting for someone to drop a hook in front of them. It might as well be you, right?



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    10 hour Trip – Offshore Mahi
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $1,300
    price breakdown
    $1,300
    This trip gives you a lot more time to really search for those bigger, more acrobatic fish. You'll be heading out in the morning and fish all day in very productive waters. The target is strictly Mahi, a great eating fish, and great game fish as well.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,100
    price breakdown
    $1,100
    The boat is yours for the whole day and what you do is up to you. Drop lines way into the deep for huge Snappers and tasty Tilefish, or troll for Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Tuna.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $825
    price breakdown
    $825
    With a couple of extra hours, you can head to deeper water in search of Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Wahoo, Kingfish, and more, or hit deep reefs for Grouper, Snapper, Tilefish, and other great bottom-dwellers.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $825
    price breakdown
    $825
    With a couple of extra hours, you can head to deeper water in search of Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Wahoo, Kingfish, and more, or hit deep reefs for Grouper, Snapper, Tilefish, and other great bottom-dwellers.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - Private (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 22 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    The boat is yours for the morning, so head out to the reef and grab yourself some tasty Snapper and Grouper. You will also be able to target Kingfish, Barracuda, Amberjack, Bonito, and more.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - Private (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    Spend the afternoon out fishing for great local food fish like Snappers and Groupers, as well as trolling for Kingfish, Bonito, and maybe even some Mahi Mahi.
  • Private trip
    5 hour – Snapper & Shark (Night)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Wed, Thu)
    $550
    price breakdown
    $550
    Night time fishing is a good way to get out on the water and experience something a little different, we anchor on wrecks and reefs and fish for good eating fish like Yellowtail, Mangrove, and Mutton Snapper. Night time fishing is also a good way to target some very large Sharks, including Bull, Lemon, Blacktip, and Hammerhead Sharks
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About the Captain

Vinnie Sacks
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
100 Fishing Reports
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100 Customer Reviews
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Member since October 2017
Captain Vinnie operates the YB Normal out of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and has worked aboard other boats in the area all his life. He loves being out on the water and getting groups on awesome fish. His favorite fish to catch is Black Grouper, but a huge part of what makes fishing so fun for him is never knowing what is going to bite next. This is what makes bottom fishing so fun for him - you can never tell what will take your bait!

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Targeted Species

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

Grouper (Black) Grouper (Black)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Sailfish Sailfish
Shark (Hammerhead) Shark (Hammerhead)

Snapper (Yellowtail) Snapper (Yellowtail)
Tilefish Tilefish
Tuna (Blackfin) Tuna (Blackfin)
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Torres (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1985. Powered by a 400HP John Deere 9.5L Turbo engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 18 knots.

Length
43 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

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

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Recent Fishing Reports

Big Game Fishing In Fort Lauderdale
Big Game Fishing In Fort Lauderdale
January 22, 2021
Hello everyone Capt. Vinnie here this weeks report is going to be a little different then normal. The fishing this last week has been hit and miss but there has been a few fish around biting, so lets get to it, this week fishing on the reef has been somewhat slow with few fish being caught, there has been some king mackeral around here and there as well as a few small bonito, moving offshore there has been a few small blackfin tuna but no report for mahi as of now. One thing that has been biting and may not be for everyone is sharks! There have been lots of hammerhead sharks around to catch as of late, even though sharks may not be something to take home and eat they are a great way to bend the rod on something large, the shark fishing in Fort Lauderdale begins to pick up here shortly and a great chance to catch one almost every trip. The most common shark we catch is hammerhead shark that being said there are lots of other species we do catch off the coast of Fort Lauderdale like bull sharks, tiger sharks, thresher sharks, as well as the occasional mako shark. The best way to set up for shark fishing in fort Lauderdale is you want to find current first that way the current can take your sent and a shark can find it, we also like to set up in deeper water where there is a temperature change in the daytime the sharks tend to go deep and lay on the bottom in the cooler water, fishing with wire leaders is a must due to the sharks teeth they can cut through regular mono leaders, some of the sharks we do catch can be large in upwards of 12 feet, we use heavy tackle, size 80 reels with 100lb line some of the fights can last up to 3 hours so you have to be ready for anything. Like I stated earlier shark fishing is a great way to catch something large and really get the full experience of true big game fishing in Fort Lauderdale. For a night fishing report this week snapper fishing has been decent on the shallower reefs in 40 foot, most of the snapper we are catching right now are mangrove with a few yellowtail mixed in, chumming heavy has been best to catch them but you need current to catch them not every night there has been current so some nights can be tougher then others, the fishing should improve in the next week or so, if your thinking about fishing in fort Lauderdale we would love to have you, plenty of availability coming up as well, remember to follow us on instagram @ybnormalsportfishing and like us on facebook for daily fishing reports. tight lines Capt. Vinnie
Winter In Fort Lauderdale
Winter In Fort Lauderdale
January 13, 2021
Hello everyone Capt. Vinnie here, pretty good report this week for you guys but I must say a little on the chilly side for us here in Fort Lauderdale Florida, we have seen a few days with temps as low as 46 degrees thats cold for us maybe not cold for our guests though, anyways lets get to the report, This week overall fishing has been somewhat decent seems everyday there are quality fish to catch you put the time in to get them, fishing on the reef has produced bonito as well as some kingfish, fishing planers has been the best way to get bites, using ballyhoo on the planers as well as small spoons has been the best way to get some action, just off the reef if you can find the edge there has been wahoo, one of my favorite fish to catch and eat. When we refer to the edge that is where the gulfstream water meets and forms a tide line with northern current, usually on the edge there is clean blue gulfstream water and strong current. Fishing around this is a great place to locate pelagic fish like wahoo, mahi mahi, as well as sailfish. You never know what you will catch in the deep so you always have to be ready. In the afternoons there has been a pretty good blackfin tuna bite. Tuna have very good eye sight and big eyes so low light conditions are always best for them. Be sure to check out some of the great photos we have this week of Steve and his Dad with some great wahoo and blackfin tuna they caught on a recent deep sea fishing charter out of beautiful Fort Lauderdale Florida. Anyways we do have some availbitly this week so if you do come to Fort Lauderdale please look us up and come fishing you will enjoy it. As always remember to follow us on instagram @Ybnormalsportfishing for daily fishing reports... more later Capt. Vinnie
Great Start to 2021
Great Start to 2021
January 6, 2021
Hello everyone Capt. Vinnie here hopefully everyone had a happy holidays and a great new year, the fishing has been very good here in the fort Lauderdale area and we have a great report this week for you guys. As of late in Fort Lauderdale the fishing has been very good with lots of different species biting. First off trolling the reefs early in the morning and late afternoon has been very good with great catches of king mackeral as well as bonito and sailfish. Later in the afternoons the tuna bite has been super. Lots of very nice sized blackfin tuna have been caught ranging from 5-15lbs, our simple spread of deep baits fished on planners and surface baits have been producing well for us. On certain days we have been having blue water and heavy north current there has been some wahoo around, we have been targeting them with our deep baits primarily in depths from 200-500 feet of water off the coast of fort Lauderdale. Also when the bite has been somewhat slow fishing in shallow like 15-20 feet there has been a great bite of cero and Spanish mackerel, we have been targeting them with small spoons and little feathers, trolled behind the boat at fast speeds. Mahi mahi have been somewhat scarce right now but there are a few around here and there, we should see more of them as the water temps heat up. Lets move on to bottom fishing, in the daytime there has been some vermillion, yellowed and lane sappers biting on some of the deep areas around 300 feet of water they have been nice size and the best bait for them has been cut bonito, we also this week did catch a very nice sized cobia while bottom fishing for snapper always a nice surprise. This week. make sure to check out our great photos of some recent catches we have had this week, availability the next few weeks is good so if your in the Fort Lauderdale area and looking to fish check us out, as always make sure to follow us on instagram and facebook for daily fishing videos and reports @Ybnormalsportfishng. More later... Capt.Vinnie

Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Kenneth D.
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VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (AM) on July 21, 2020
My wife and I recently went on a private fishing charter with these guys, and let me tell you, don’t bother booking anywhere...
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VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (AM) on July 3, 2020
This was an amazing day. When the day started, everyone was pretty quiet, but I think that’s because we were tired, but...
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Half day with Captain Vinny and Cameron

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - Shared (AM) on February 7, 2020
Cameron helped us the entire time. Dealing with the rods and reels and bait and answering a lot of our questions about fishing....
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6 hour trip on YB Normal

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (AM) on December 22, 2020
My sons and I had a great trip with a Captain Vinnie. Fishing in the area that day was a little slow but Vinnie did his best...
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VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip - Private (AM) on January 17, 2021
Overall, the experience was okay. Elliot who was the helper was AMAZING!!! He treated us great, made conversation with us,...
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