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
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    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)
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    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)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 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: 4 days 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)
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    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
104 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
105 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
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

Variety In Fort Lauderdale
Variety In Fort Lauderdale
February 25, 2021
Hello everyone Capt. Vinnie here, this week we have a good report with some excellent photos of some recent fish we have been catching. This weeks theme is variety, I say that because we have had a lot of of different types of fish we have been catching. As of recent the reef has been producing nice catches of blackfin tuna and some very nice sized ones at that which makes me to believe this spring coming up should be a very fishy one at that. As well as tuna on the reefs there has also been some occasional wahoo in the same area as well, we have been catching the wahoo while we are trolling for tuna primarily on our down lines fished with planers. Seawhiches with bonito strips has been the ticket for tuna and wahoo they tend to prefer darker colored baits as well. Bottom fishing has began to start heating up also which is always a great option if trolling is slow, snowy groupers have been biting on some of the deeper spots while using cut baits like squid or fresh bonito, snowy grouper is in my opinion one of the best eaten fish in the ocean and can be cooked a variety of ways and still taste great, there have been a few vermillion snappers also on the deeper shipwrecks as well, as spring approaches we should see the wreck fishing begin to heat up with lots of amberjacks and big groupers waiting to be caught. Last but not least we have been doing some slow pitch jjigging charters in the Fort Lauderdale with much success, snowy groupers as well as tilefish and another great fish to eat that we don't catch often is the Atlantic bonito similar to the little tunny that we call bonito here but the meat is pink in color and very very good sushi. Fishing has been very good as of late and should continue to improve even more as march rolls around so stay tuned for more great fishing reports. We do have some availability coming up so if your looking to go fishing now is the time, As always check out our great photos this week of some awesome catches we had, remember to follow us on Instagram @Ybnormalsportfishing and like us on facebook for daily fishing videos and reports. More Later.... Capt. Vinnie
Daytime Swordfishing In Fort Lauderdale
Daytime Swordfishing In Fort Lauderdale
February 16, 2021
Hello everyone Capt Vinnie here, this week we have a great report something very different and very special I would like to share with all of you. Recently we had an all day charter scheduled and with fishing being a little slow I had called our client and asked him what he thought about going offshore and taking a gamble on trying to catch a swordfish at first he was skeptical and hesitant but I assured him that he should pay off and he went with my judgement, The crew of the Yb Normal out of fort Lauderdale loaded up the boat around 430am as we would depart at 5am on our deep sea fishing adventure in hopes of catching a broadbill swordfish. To target swordfish out of Fort Lauderdale you have to go offshore around 18 miles to get to around 2,000 feet of water. We put some lines out on our way in hopes of catching some fresh bait which was successful we caught 2 skipjack tuna which we had rigged up for bait for swordfishng, our first drift was in 1800 feet and lasted around 2 hours in the daytime you use an electric reel to fish these depths and 12 pounds of weight to stay on the bottom, after our first drift not a bite so we shortly reset a little deeper we did another 2 hour drift with high hopes in getting a bite but with music playing and calm seas everyone was just enjoying there time on the water until maximum chaos once we got a fish on, after 2 long drifts with no bites we decided to set up one more time some where different after 1 hour and everyone fading on there hopes of getting a bite suddenly we would get the bite we had been waiting all day for!! once coming tight with the fish we would begin to fight him inch by inch in hopes of seeing this beast after a 40min fight we would obtain color and sink a harpoon in his side as well as 2 more gaffs at this point the battle was won a buzzer beater of a fish at the last second when we were ready to go home. Defiantly one to remember forever, lots of cheering and celebration on this accomplishment literally the feeling of hitting the jackpot, on our ride in to the sunset we were all in good spirits and high hopes once arriving to the dock we would unload the fish and take plenty of pictures to remember this day. Please check out our great photos of this epic fish we caught more reports to come soon but remember we have some availability coming up so please come out fishing with us we would love to make a memory that will last forever just like this one and as always follow us on instagram @Ybnormalsportfishing and like us on facebook for daily fishing reports and videos! tight lines Capt. Vinnie
Charter Fishing In Fort Lauderdale
Charter Fishing In Fort Lauderdale
February 11, 2021
Hello everyone Capt. Vinnie here... man what a report I have for you guys this week. Lets get right to it, as of late trolling for pelagic fish in Fort Lauderdale has been some what slow, but bottom fishing has been where its at and thats what we are know for!! Fishing deeper shipwrecks as well as small rock piles off the coast of Fort Lauderdale have been producing some quality fish. Snowy grouper as well as giant amberjacks and snappers of all colors and sizes have been the main target as of late. Targeting these bottom dwellers fresh bait is key we have been trolling for small bonito to use as cut bait as well as squid works too. Some of the spots we are targeting are in 600 feet of water so conditions are important to be able to set up on a spot correctly. We use a multiple hook rig called a chicken rig when fishing for snappers but when targeting bigger fish like grouper or amberjack a single larger bait seems to be more effective. Another technique that has become quite popular in fort Lauderdale and around the world is slow pitch jigging, we have been doing some of these trips with great results, a lot of the times in the heat of the day the tuna go down to the depths and trolling your baits are on the surface really, where jigging you can send lures to the bottom where the fish are feeding during the heat of the day. While jigging we have also been doing well on amberjack, rose fish and snowy grouper, jigging is a great tool to have in your arsenal when fishing is slow. Lots of great photos this week of some great catches as well as a snowy grouper around 30lbs one of my favorite fish to eat, I also have some great photos from our recent jigging trip with a variety of species we captured all great eating. As far as a night time fishing report I do not have one I have not been out at night recently but im sure the fish will bite, February is a great month for snapper day and nigh time. anyways this week we have some availability and would love to get you out fishing in Fort Lauderdale with us, remember to follow us on instagram @Ybnormalsportfishing and follow us on facebook for daily fishing reports and videos. Tight lines! Capt. Vinnie

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VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip - Private (PM) on January 27, 2021
Captain Vinny was very responsive prior to our inquiries. It was a beautiful day for a boat ride and fishing on the YB Normal,...
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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 once...
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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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6-hour trip with Capt Vinnie and Elliot

VERIFIED   NEW  6 Hour Trip (AM) on February 16, 2021
Both guys were great to spend the morning with, super knowledgeable and clearly invested in finding fish for us to catch. Definitely...
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