About Us

A Fishing Captain With A Lifetime of Experience

Captain Shawn Safris

The Charter is operated by Captain Shawn, who is often found guiding his friends and clients through the beautiful waters of South Florida. Captain Shawn is known for his obsession for catching fish, ocean conservation and most notably his sense of humor.  

Each trip with Gradyful Fishing Charter in Pompano, Florida is a unique experience in a friendly atmosphere, that will leave you with lifelong memories.You will be fishing aboard a spacious 31 ft Rampage powered by twin Yanmar diesel inboard motors for speed. It can comfortably take up to 6 anglers and is rigged with a fully air conditioned cabin, stand up bathroom,  outriggers and top-notch navigational electronics, such as a GPS, a fish finder, surround sound speakers and a VHF radio. 
Each trip with Gradyful Fishing Charters can be customized to suit your needs and wishes. You can fish inshore, nearshore, the wrecks, reefs, offshore, or see what is biting off South Florida’s pristine waters. 
The Captain is amazing at a wide range of fishing techniques, such as light and heavy tackle, drift fishing, jigging, popping, kite fishing, spinning, trolling, and bottom fishing.
On a day out with Gradyful Fishing Charters, you will get an opportunity to learn about the local species and where to find them. The Captain is great with kids, as well as with anglers of all ages and experience. 
Whether it’s your first time on the water or you are an occasional fisherman or even a pro – each trip you choose will be an eventful and memorable experience. 

First Mate Chris

Based out of Pompano Beach Florida, Captain Shawn who is originally from New Jersey and his First Mate Chris from Wilmington NC, have teamed up to provide an offshore experience unlike any other fishing charter on the water. Captain Shawn recently upgraded the charter vessel he runs on a daily basis that provides his clients with more room and comfort due to the addition of the appropriately named fishing vessel “Shakedown“.

The new vessel continues the unmistakable positive vibes created when starting The Grateful Dead themed charter business while running his vessel that was built by Grady White which he dubbed Gradyful.

After his business began to grow and the desire to accommodate more trips he upgraded to a 32 ft fishing vessel powered by twin 350 hp turbo diesel inboard engines that now set the stage for an intense action packed adventure that is unmatched by any other charter on the water. Captain Shawn met his First Mate Chris in March of 2021 when Chris filled in for a mutual friend which instantly created an unmistakable friendship and respect that when working together, clients experience an entertaining and stunning presentation of over 50 years of combined offshore experience.

Together their knowledge allows them to give clients the chance to target a wide range of saltwater fish that by just simply watching them work together to catch fish is quite remarkable to witness.

Nothing can prepare you for what you can expect when you book a trip from the crude humor of Captain Shawn and his passionate dedication that allows him to find the fish to the fine details and time in which his First Mate Chris takes to explain whenever any angler is interested in the knowledge and understanding of the many methods he uses after the previous 15 years he spent working in the commercial fishing industry.

Together they provide everlasting memories from the experience they provide from the humorous jokes and uncontrollable laughter that begins as soon as you step on board to the extensive safety precautions that they make you aware of and of course a fishing trip that always leaves their clients feeling Gradyful.

Come Fish Pompano Beach, Florida With Us!


More Fish Caught Per Trip Than Most

Thousands of Fish Caught Each Year

Hundreds of Great Fishing Experiences

Half Day, 3/4 Day, & Full Day Fishing Charters

Competitively Priced For A Superior Experience. Fish Pompano Beach, Florida!

4 Hour Fishing Trips

We offer half day fishing trips in Pompano Beach, Florida with both shared and private options. Shared trips are priced per angler starting at $150 each. Private trips of up to 6 anglers.

Per Person



6 Hour Fishing Trips

Our 3/4 day fishing charter services start at $175 per angler for shared trips and we also offer private trips which are customizable for you. All trips have a 6 person maximum!

Per Person



8 Hour Fishing Trips

Our full day fishing trips are for anglers who want to maximize their time on the water. With more options to customize your trip and with time to catch even more fish!

private only up to 6 people