Goliath Charters Summerland

Welcome to Goliath Charters, your gateway to the fishing paradise of the Florida Keys. Led by Captain Craig Clopper, an experienced US Navy Veteran and certified captain, our 25ft Seavee boat is equipped to handle nearly any sea conditions.

With a reliable 300 hp 2023 Yamaha engine, our boat is designed to cater to various fishing styles. Captain Craig is skilled in offshore, reef, wreck, and flats fishing, ensuring a diverse range of angling experiences in the abundant waters of the Florida Keys.

From redfish, snook, tarpon, bonefish, and permit in the backcountry to cobia, sailfish, tuna, and various snapper and grouper species on the reef Goliath Charters offers a thrilling fishing experience. And if you seek the mighty goliath grouper, Captain Craig has them named and trained to eat on command! With top-of-the-line Shimano gear, you’ll feel the excitement of reeling in your catch.

Forget the hassle of fishing licenses – Captain Craig covers all necessary permits. And after a successful day on the water, he’ll clean your catch, leaving you with a delicious bounty to savor.

Captain Craig’s lifelong passion for fishing and the outdoors, combined with his expertise and experience, make him the perfect guide for your Lower Keys fishing adventure. Whether exploring the flats, backcountry, reef, or offshore waters of Cudjoe Key, he is dedicated to sharing his backyard with anglers from around the world.

So, prepare for world-class fishing under the Florida sun. With Goliath Charters, you’re in the capable hands of Captain Craig – a US Coast Guard certified captain, Padi-trained divemaster, and aquatics first ai
d instructor. Book your trip now and get ready for an unforgettable fishing experience in the Florida Keys!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Shared trip
    Be the first one on the Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    1 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    US $100
    Let’s get on the water and hook up to 100+ pound tarpon before all the other whistle nuts are out of bed! The thrill of battling with such a powerful fish is unmatched. As the sun rises, we'll be already in the midst of an exhilarating fight. The adrenaline coursing through our veins as we reel in the massive tarpon will make every moment worthwhile. So let's seize the opportunity and make the most of this incredible fishing adventure!
    Targeted fish
    Permit
    Permit
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
  • Shared trip
    Short sunset Trip – Evening Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    1 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 PM
    US $100
    When it comes to great game fishing, Tarpon is up there with the best. They put up a brave fight when you get one on your line, giving you some heart-pumping action as you try to reel it in. Night time is the optimal time to search for these as they love to hunt around dusk. Join Captain Craig for this action-packed evening of fishing where your skills will be put to the test!
    Targeted fish
    Permit
    Permit
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Shark (Hammerhead)
    Hammerhead Shark
    Snapper (Mutton)
    Mutton Snapper
  • Private trip
    Bastardized Bonefish bonanza!
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    US $400
    Utilize the midday sun for sight fishing Bonefish and Permit on the shallow flats. I’ll make it extra easy with some of my secret bonefish chum sauce! With its intense brightness, the midday sun acts as a natural spotlight, making it easier to spot the elusive Bonefish and Permit gliding through the crystal-clear waters. As the sun reaches its highest point in the sky, the shallow flats come alive with activity, creating the perfect conditions for sight fishing!
    Targeted fish
    Bonefish
    Bonefish
  • Private trip
    Be the first one on the Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    US $400
    Let’s get on the water and hook up to 100+ pound tarpon before all the other whistle nuts are out of bed! The thrill of battling with such a powerful fish is unmatched. As the sun rises, we'll be already in the midst of an exhilarating fight. The adrenaline coursing through our veins as we reel in the massive tarpon will make every moment worthwhile. So let's seize the opportunity and make the most of this incredible fishing adventure!
    Targeted fish
    Permit
    Permit
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
  • Private trip
    Crack of Dawn Tarpon/Coffee
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $400
    While everyone else is sleeping in, come catch the early morning bite!
  • Private trip
    Sandbar Adventure
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    US $400
    Let's hit the beach and also do some fishing!
  • Private trip
    Sunset Shark
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Aug 17 - Jul 4
    US $400
    When the sun starts to sink into the horizon the shark around the Florida Keys rise for their evening feast. Captain Craig will take you out at dusk to see if any of the Bull or Blacktip Sharks that roam the water are willing to chase after his lures. If they do, expect a tremendous and thrilling battle as you try to whisk them out of the water for the ultimate trophy photo!
  • Private trip
    Wham bam, thank you, Captain Craig
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $400
    Let’s go out at first light to find these guys actively feeding. its only 2 hours but thats all I need to get you on the fish of a lifetime! We'll head out to the fishing spot before the sun rises, giving us the advantage of catching the fish when they are most active. With the early morning light, we'll be able to spot their movements and target them more accurately. Let’s get out and catch some fish before all the other whistlenuts are out of bed!
    Targeted fish
    Bonefish
    Bonefish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Permit
    Permit
    Sailfish
    Sailfish
    Snook
    Snook
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Wahoo
    Wahoo
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Shark (Hammerhead)
    Hammerhead Shark
    Snapper (Mutton)
    Mutton Snapper
    Snapper (Yellowtail)
    Yellowtail Snapper
    Tuna (Blackfin)
    Blackfin Tuna
  • Private trip
    Get on tailing permit at sunrise
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $500
    There is nothing better than watching happy, unmolested, tailing permit before the sunrises Get on my 25 foot seavee or my 17 foot maverick polling skiff and beat all the whistlenuts out to The spots where a permit is nearly guaranteed! I love the thrill of being the first one out on the water, with the whole day ahead of me to chase after those elusive permit. It's a true test of skill and patience, but when you finally hook into one, hold on!!!
    Targeted fish
    Bonefish
    Bonefish
    Permit
    Permit
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
  • Private trip
    Be the first one on the Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    US $600
    Let’s get on the water and hook up to 100+ pound tarpon before all the other whistle nuts are out of bed! The thrill of battling with such a powerful fish is unmatched. As the sun rises, we'll be already in the midst of an exhilarating fight. The adrenaline coursing through our veins as we reel in the massive tarpon will make every moment worthwhile. So let's seize the opportunity and make the most of this incredible fishing adventure!
    Targeted fish
    Permit
    Permit
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Shark (Tiger)
    Tiger Shark
    Shark (Bull)
    Bull Shark
  • Private trip
    Blue marlin 3 hour offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $700
    Do you believe in Bigfoot? Come join us for a fishing adventure with a twist - because let's be real, catching a Blue Marlin may be as rare as finding a unicorn riding a rainbow. Fun fact: I've never caught a Blue Marlin, ever! ?? But fear not, our waters are teeming with Blackfin Tuna and Mahi-Mahi, so you're in for quite a treat! Remember the classic line from "Dumb and Dumber"? Well, as Lloyd Christmas famously said, "So you're telling me there's a chance!" ? Book your trip with us today and let'
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Grouper (Goliath)
    Goliath Grouper
    Marlin (Blue)
    Blue Marlin
    Permit
    Permit
    Sailfish
    Sailfish
    Wahoo
    Wahoo
    Snapper (Mutton)
    Mutton Snapper
    Snapper (Yellowtail)
    Yellowtail Snapper
    Tuna (Blackfin)
    Blackfin Tuna
  • Private trip
    Sunrise offshore Mahi-Mahi fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    US $700
    Would you like to catch a sailfish? Wanna increase your odds? Forget the cocktails the night before, take some Dramamine if you need it (I’m not a doctor) and let’s head out before sunrise and catch a boatload of tuna before the bite slows down. all kinds of excellent by Catch, including mahi-mahi, sailfish wahoo and many others!
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Sailfish
    Sailfish
    Wahoo
    Wahoo
    Jack (African Pompano)
    African Pompano Jack
    Snapper (Mutton)
    Mutton Snapper
    Snapper (Yellowtail)
    Yellowtail Snapper
    Tuna (Blackfin)
    Blackfin Tuna
  • Private trip
    Sunrise offshore tuna fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    US $700
    Would you like to catch a tuna? Wanna increase your odds? Forget the cocktails the night before, take some Dramamine if you need it (I’m not a doctor) and let’s head out before sunrise and catch a boatload of tuna before the bite slows down. all kinds of excellent by Catch, including mahi-mahi, sailfish wahoo and many others!
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Sailfish
    Sailfish
    Wahoo
    Wahoo
    Jack (African Pompano)
    African Pompano Jack
    Snapper (Mutton)
    Mutton Snapper
    Snapper (Yellowtail)
    Yellowtail Snapper
    Tuna (Blackfin)
    Blackfin Tuna
  • Private trip
    Sunrise sailfish
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    US $700
    Would you like to catch a sailfish? Wanna increase your odds? Forget the cocktails the night before, take some Dramamine if you need it (I’m not a doctor) and let’s head out before sunrise and catch a boatload of tuna before the bite slows down. all kinds of excellent by Catch, including mahi-mahi, sailfish wahoo and many others!
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Sailfish
    Sailfish
    Wahoo
    Wahoo
    Jack (African Pompano)
    African Pompano Jack
    Snapper (Mutton)
    Mutton Snapper
    Snapper (Yellowtail)
    Yellowtail Snapper
    Tuna (Blackfin)
    Blackfin Tuna
  • Private trip
    Marquasas wreak fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $1,600
    Let’s go fishing for permit, cobia, tarpon, jacks, barracuda, and many others where the fish experience less pressure over 20 miles from Key West. The crystal-clear waters of the Florida Keys offer abundant opportunities for anglers seeking a thrilling fishing experience. With its diverse array of fish species, this region is truly a paradise for fishing enthusiasts. As we venture further away from Key West, the fishing pressure decreases significantly, allowing for bigger and more catches!
    Targeted fish
    Barracuda (Great)
    Great Barracuda
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Grouper (Goliath)
    Goliath Grouper
    Permit
    Permit
    Sailfish
    Sailfish
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Shark (Hammerhead)
    Hammerhead Shark
    Jack (African Pompano)
    African Pompano Jack
    Snapper (Mutton)
    Mutton Snapper
    Snapper (Yellowtail)
    Yellowtail Snapper
    Tuna (Blackfin)
    Blackfin Tuna
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 62 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Ryan C.
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Great trip idea

VERIFIED   NEW  Sunrise offshore Mahi-Mahi fishing on July 6, 2024
Would recommend booking with him great price for good fish very professional
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Will T.
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Be the first one on the Tarpon on July 13, 2024
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Joseph M.
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Excellent Trip

VERIFIED   Sunrise offshore tuna fishing on May 8, 2024
Captain put me on the fish, had constant action, along with an outstanding views of the lower keys and marine life. Couldn’t...
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Kim V.
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Great fishing trip!

VERIFIED   Wham bam, thank you, Captain Craig on February 27, 2024
Beautiful sunset fishing trip caught some nice fish and captain was really cool and accommodating. Would definitely recommend.
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March fishing trip

VERIFIED   late riser morning trip on March 13, 2024
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FAQs about Goliath Charters Summerland

Goliath Charters Summerland offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $50 per person - Be the first one on the Tarpon (1 hour)
  • US $50 per person - Short sunset Trip – Evening Tarpon (1 hour)
  • US $400 per group, additional US $100 per person after 2 guests - Bastardized Bonefish bonanza! (2 hours)
  • US $400 per group, additional US $100 per person after 2 guests - Be the first one on the Tarpon (2 hours)
  • US $400 per group, additional US $100 per person after 2 guests - Crack of Dawn Tarpon/Coffee (2 hours)
  • US $400 per group, additional US $100 per person after 2 guests - Sandbar Adventure (2 hours)
  • US $400 per group, additional US $100 per person after 2 guests - Sunset Shark (2 hours)
  • US $400 per group, additional US $100 per person after 2 guests - Wham bam, thank you, Captain Craig (2 hours)
  • US $500 per group, additional US $100 per person after 2 guests - Get on tailing permit at sunrise (3 hours)
  • US $600 per group, additional US $100 per person after 2 guests - Be the first one on the Tarpon (4 hours)
  • US $700 per group, additional US $100 per person after 2 guests - Blue marlin 3 hour offshore (3 hours)
  • US $700 per group, additional US $100 per person after 2 guests - Sunrise offshore Mahi-Mahi fishing (3 hours)
  • US $700 per group, additional US $100 per person after 2 guests - Sunrise offshore tuna fishing (3 hours)
  • US $700 per group, additional US $100 per person after 2 guests - Sunrise sailfish (3 hours)
  • US $1,600 per group, additional US $100 per person after 2 guests - Marquasas wreak fishing (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Goliath Charters Summerland, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet The boat has a under console toilet for privacy
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Live Bait Well
  • Spearfishing Equipment
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Goliath Charters Summerland include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Goliath Charters Summerland offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Goliath Charters Summerland offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Kite Fishing
  • Bowfishing
  • Handline (Handline Giant Goliath Grouper)
  • Spearfishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Goliath Charters Summerland include:
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Jack (African Pompano)
  • Permit
  • Sailfish
  • Shark (Hammerhead)
  • Snapper (Mutton)
  • Snapper (Yellowtail)
  • Tarpon
  • Tuna (Blackfin)
  • Wahoo

Meet the Captain

Craig Clopper
Cudjoe Key, Florida, United States
7 Fishing Reports
63 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since February 2020
Captain Craig Clopper has been fishing his entire life and has a passion for the outdoors. He always dreamed of fishing the Florida Keys and sharing his passion with others. Now he lives in The Keys and shares the dream with clients from around the globe. If you don’t find him on the flats you may find him in Alaska guiding the rivers of Alaska. Come join him!

About this listing

Targeted species

Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Goliath) Goliath Grouper
Jack (African Pompano) African Pompano Jack

Boat specs

Seavee (Center console) originally built in 2023. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 47 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing
Bowfishing
Handline
Handline Giant Goliath Grouper
Spearfishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
The boat has a under console toilet for privacy
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Spearfishing Equipment

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

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
No Alcohol
Too busy catching fish
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
PayPal
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 5% charge will apply.

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Recent fishing reports

What an amazing June it has been!
What an amazing June it has been!
June 13, 2024
Unfortunately, most of the month of June has been unseasonably windy, forcing me to run my charters closer to shore and for a shorter time frame. The 2 to 4-hour charters have been a hit, allowing me to get people on fish quickly and back to the dock before another thunderstorm rolls in. For folks who would like to experience the best tug to be had, ask about a two-hour goliath grouper trip; that’s generally all I need to get everyone on the boat, exhausted from reeling up their biggest fish ever caught. Another good option for customers is to book a low tide paddle boarding charter. For these charters, I paddle deep into mangroves that are too shallow for either of my boats but deep enough for a paddleboard and target fish that are stuck in deep holes during our low tides. This produces by far the largest numbers of caught tarpon, redfish, and Snook. Inshore Fishing: June in Key West brings calm winds and hot temperatures, perfect for inshore fishing. Anglers can expect to have great success targeting species such as Bonefish. It’s also a good time to chase after Snook and Redfish around the mangroves in shallow waters. Reef Fishing: As the summer heat intensifies, the reef fishing around Key West is sizzling. Anglers can expect to hook into a variety of species including Yellowtail Snapper, Grouper, and Mutton Snapper. The clear, warm waters are ideal for targeting these fish, especially on the patch reefs and deeper ledges. Offshore Fishing: Offshore, the waters are teeming with life. Ahi-Mahi and tuna fishing is in full swing, providing thrilling action and table fare for anglers. The mutton snapper fishing is fantastic on the wrecks now, you might also encounter a few red snapper in the mix, which is a delicious treat. The summer pattern is setting in, so expect stable weather with the occasional tropical system stirring up the waters briefly. Captain’s Tip: Keep an eye on the weather forecasts as June marks the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. While most days will be perfect for fishing, it’s always best to be prepared for any sudden changes. Come Aboard Goliath Charters: Join Captain Craig Clopper for an unforgettable fishing adventure in the waters of Key West. With his expert knowledge and passion for fishing, every trip promises to be filled with excitement and memorable catches. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a family looking for fun, Goliath Charters is ready to make your fishing dreams a reality. We look forward to welcoming you aboard and providing an exceptional fishing experience in the beautiful waters of Key West. Tight lines and sunny skies await at Goliath Charters Key West!
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