Captain Randy Knowles - Boca Grande

Boca Grande FL, United States

Join Captain Randy Knowles on one of his exciting fishing charters targeting Goliath Grouper in the waters around Boca Grande or Tampa Bay, Florida.

Step aboard his 19’ Scout flats boat, which can reach speeds of 50 knots with its 150HP Yamaha motor to get you to the fishing grounds fast. The vessel can accommodate up to four anglers, and is fitted with a poling platform that comes in handy for leverage when you battle with some big fish using heavy tackle. Other equipment includes fishfinder, GPS, VHF radio, as well as a wireless trolling motor to silently guide into any shallow hot spots.

Trips normally last 5-6 hours, where you will spend an hour or two catching big bait such as Ladyfish, Jacks, Catfish, Stingrays, or anything big. You will then head around 100 yards from shore to where the Big Fish can be found. Here you can discover the real meaning of “the bigger the bait, the bigger the fish”. Capt. Randy has never used bait that is too big: small sharks even make good bait for Goliath Grouper. On a normal day, it’s not how many fish you can catch, but how many you’re physically able to catch - it’s 100% effort for a 10-20 minute fight. Trips include rods, reels and tackle, live bait, fishing licenses, and drinks.

The best time to fish is from March through December. Goliath Grouper are still around during the winter, but it’s harder to get them to eat. Due to new rules, we’re not able to pull a fish out of the water anymore, but it’s a real ‘high’ to pull a fish to the boat that is bigger then you are.

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About this listing

Boat Specs

Scout (Flats boat) originally built in 2000. Powered by 150HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 54 knots.

19 ft
4 persons
Types of Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Boca Grande and Tampa Bay
Flats Fishing
Tampa Bay and Boca Grande
Backcountry Fishing
Boca Grande
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Super Heavy for Giant Goliath
Targeted Species
Grouper (Goliath)
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Wireless Trolling Motor
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 days before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
Catch and Release Allowed

20% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the captain on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods: Cash.

About the Charter Operator

Captain Randy Knowles
Boca Grande, Florida, United States
Member since November 2014
I specialize in catching BIG fish, Goliath Grouper in particular. I’ve been a USCG licensed captain since 2001, and fished Florida waters since I could walk. My best memories are of wade fishing the East coast, Indian River with my dad. He’s waist deep and I’m up to my neck dodging Sea Cows (aka Manatee) and catching Trout. I fished as a full time guide from 2001 to 2005, perfecting the art of catching Goliath Grouper. Had an opportunity to buy a small business in my home town of Winter Haven, so I stopped full time fishing to work a business, but I was still fishing when not working. In 2013, I retired from the business world and moved to Apollo Beach, Fl. Now the boat is on a lift in the backyard, and I can fish “full time”.  Light Tackle for Reds, Trout, and Snook.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

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