Obsession Fishing Charters was started in 1986 out of Port Canaveral Florida, from what is now known as Sunrise Marina. The business expanded in 1992 to include a head boat fishing vessel, Ocean Obsession.
The frustration as a charter boat owner, operating from a facility that refused to cater to fisherman, left a determination to do it differently, should the opportunity arise. In 1994 the opportunity did arise and Dolphins Leap was purchased from the brink of bankruptcy and renamed Sunrise Marina. An immediate change in forklift service hours was made….serious fishermen leave early….sometimes they stay out late! Our goal has always been to make Sunrise “A Fisherman’s Marina”. Early hours, tackle and bait selections unsurpassed, and prompt friendly service has been our goal ever since. Constant improvements to Sunrise have been made since its purchase. Including 140 mph wind proof storage buildings installed in 2005….new floating docks and a 24,000lb forklift. We are not the largest marina in Port Canaveral….but we are closest to the ocean…..and feel we offer the finest service available!
After the acquisition of Sunrise Marina, in 1997 Grills Seafood Deck and Tiki Bar was built on the water’s edge of the marina. The restaurant was an immediate success and has continued to be an integral part of the marina facility. Grills is a unique waterfront eating establishment with original island cuisine and popular tiki bar. Complete with live entertainment.
Grills Riverside was opened in May of 2010. The new Melbourne location has the same island atmosphere that our customers have come to expect.
Focus was turned toward the Port in 2014. After 17 years of high volume restaurant business, Grills Seafood was ready for a facelift. The entrance was completely opened up, a new service bar added and a brand new kitchen was built. All while keeping the doors open.
Expecting a different customer base from the cruise ships touted to come to Port Canaveral, a new Tackle and Gift Shop was built, Sunrise Fish Dive Surf, in the existing parking lot. Sunrise Fish Dive Surf was opened December 16, 2014. In January of 2015 the old bait and tackle store was demolished.
Our focus has now turned to Orlando. In 2014 we acquired property on Lake Fairview that will be Grills Lakeside. We are working diligently on creating the same experience that we now have in Port Canaveral and Melbourne. Expected Opening May 2016!