Rainbow II & III
|The Rainbow II is a 40' #1 Boat
Mfg. boats made in Key West. They have the latest in communication, navigation and
Captain John was born in Ponce Park
before it became Ponce Inlet, Florida. When you leave the dock on his fishing boat,
"Rainbow II", ask him and he will point out the house in which he was born. He
has been fishing out of Ponce Inlet since 1952, making him one of the most experienced
captains on the local waters.
Beside owning and running his own
charter boat he has plied his trade working in the "oil patch" for seven years
(two months on, one month off) with a 1000 ton Towing and Freight License, any ocean. He
has towed an oil rig from Galveston, Texas to the Straits of Magellan off the southern tip
of South America. He also towed a supply tug across the ocean through the Suez Canal to
the Red Sea.
He has plenty of on-the-water
experience in the Bahamas, Turks and Caycos Islands, the Virgin Islands and along the
Central America coast from Cancun, Mexico to Belize and Honduras including Cozumel.
Captain John won the Greater Daytona
Beach Striking Fish Tournament in 1981 and has caught a record number of big game fish off
of Daytona Beach, including blue and white marlin, sailfish, wahoo, dolphin, king mackerel
and tuna. He used to make his living commercial fishing during the slow winter months
bottom fishing for snapper and grouper.
Capt John and Joan have
four children, nine grandchildren, four great grandchildren and a great
grand on the way.
Capt. Steve (deceased) has two children, daughter on dean's list in college
and son in highschool.
Daughter Shari is doing
research at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, her husband just retired from the
Navy. Their daughter is winning swimming competitions. Son John J. works
construction.He has four children.
For any kind of fishing Captain John
has plenty of experience.
Captain Scott Ellis has plenty of
experience. He is a third-generation captain, his fishing experience began
on his grandfather's (Captain Gene Ellis's) boat, the old, original
"Rainbow", which was a 40' wooden displacement hull with a Detroit Diesel
671. Captain Scott not only learned the fishing business but his
grandfather was an excellent boat builder and he learned many a carpenter
boat building skill from Capt. Gene.
Captain Scott started from the ground up and now he does all of his own wood
work, Fiberglassing and Emron painting.
He learned the techniques of fishing
from three different Captains Ellis: with Capt. Gene as first mate, before
he was old enough to obtain a captain's license. He then worked for his
father, Captain Johnny, on several different fishing vessels plus on an 85'
motor yacht as First Mate and Chief Engineer. During this period the motor
yacht was in the Caribbean most winters (most of the time in the Bahamas),
the American and British Virgin Islands.
Captain Scott also worked for his older brother, Captain Steve Ellis, so
among three generations of Captains, Capt. Scott has a lot of experience in
catching big game fish.
Captain Scott is also an authority on
different fishing areas in the Caribbean as he also is the captain for
deliveries of Custom Dive Boats out
of Deleon Springs, Florida. He has delivered their 48' twin-diesel powered
jet or propeller-driven vessels throughout the Caribbean. He has plenty of
experience in navigating the waters from Boston to Key West, from Walkers
Cay to Turks and Caycos Islands, Haiti and Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico,
American and British Virgin Islands, Key West to Cancun, Mexico, Cozumel,
Mexico; down to Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. He has safely delivered
four 48' dive boats to Roatan, Honduras.
He has also been in and out of the
Cayman Islands with most of the trips bringing him around the western tip of
So, if you want to find out about exotic fishing and diving places, ask
Captain Scott. He's probably been there.
Captain Scott is a family man (his wife, Kim, is a teacher); he and his wife
have three children: the oldest daughter, Lauren Pipkins
is a hospice nurse, their daughter Elizabeth is involved in dance and
singing (she and Lauren have sung duets at different Church events and
weddings). Their young son, Scott, Jr., is a "chip-off-the-old block", all
he cares about is surfing, skateboarding, basketball, soccer and fishing.
He works construction.
Lauren and Richard have two children. Daughter Bethie and husband Dwayne
Long are youth pastors. They have two little sons.
to see what we have been catching!