The crystal clear waters around the Florida Keys are a true fishing paradise. The local fishery is known internationally as one of the best places in the world for anglers. Here to help you to make the best of it is Goliath Charters with Captain Craig Clopper.

He’ll take you out on his 18’ Hells Bay Neptune boat, which is suitable for all different styles of fishing. Its 115 HP Mercury Pro Xs engine, allowing it to go up to 45 knots, means you can get to different fishing grounds quickly. 

Captain Craig is more than happy to take you on different types of fishing trips when you go onto the water with him. Reef, wreck, and flats fishing are all possible on the different areas of water on the Florida Keys. Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit, Sharks, Goliath Grouper, Cobia, and are but a few of the species that you’ve got a great chance of catching.

Craig uses Shimano gear for a great angling feel. If you would like to go fly fishing or spearfishing simply contact him in advance and he’ll provide the equipment. He’ll also clean your fish for you once you’ve returned to the land.

You’ll need to buy a fishing license beforehand and take some refreshments along too. Apply some sunscreen and put your shades on as you get ready to face some world-class fishing in the sun.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Marquesas
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,000
    You'll enjoy a trip to the Marquesas and fish for 8 hours. The departure time is 8:00 a.m.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 17 - Jul 4
    $700
    Many of you who are fishing mad will have planned your vacation to the Florida Keys just to fish. If so, this trip with Captain Craig is perfect for you. If you like you can aim to fill your bags with the schools of fish that hang about in the nearshore waters. Craig has you covered for all sorts of Key West fishing adventures.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 17 - Jul 4
    $600
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Afternoon Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Jul 1
    $500
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Morning Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 17 - Jul 4
    $500
    You'll get started nice and early at 8 AM for this adventure on the sun-soaked Florida Keys. This trip is perfect for beginners and ids as Captain Craig is more than happy to show you the ropes. Grouper, Jack Crevalle, Permit, and Redfish are some of the species that can be found in high abundance, and Craig knows just where to find them.
  • Private trip
    Goliath Grouper Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    Fish the waters surrounding the Keys in search of Goliath Grouper! These monster fish will put up an exciting fight as you reel them in, and you may get a chance to snap a photo as you release them into the water to fight another day.
  • Private trip
    2 Hour sunset Trip – Evening Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Aug 17 - Jul 4
    $400
    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!
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip – Sunset Shark
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Aug 17 - Jul 4
    $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!
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About the Captain

Craig Clopper
Cudjoe Key, Florida, United States
ID & License verified
19 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

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Bonefish Bonefish
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Goliath) Goliath Grouper

Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Permit Permit
Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Yellowtail) Yellowtail Snapper

Snook Snook
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Hells Bay (Center console) originally built in 2010. Powered by a 115HP mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 42 knots.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore 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
Handline

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
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

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

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
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 30% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 5% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
89%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
91%
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Trent V. A.
The Villages, FL
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Great 6 Hour trip

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on May 25, 2021
Couldn’t have asked for a better captain.  Made my friends and I feel welcomed and put us right on the fish all throughout...
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San Juan
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Night fishing in the Keys!

VERIFIED   2 Hour Trip – Sunset Shark on December 20, 2020
Awesome experience, beautiful boat ride to our fishing spot, the stars looked unreal with so little light pollution!  Fishing...
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Palatka, FL
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   4 Hour Morning Trip on June 2, 2021
Had a great time, took us to great fishing spots. Caught a large grouper, yellow tails and blue runners. Would recommend Craig...
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4 hour morning trip

VERIFIED   4 Hour Morning Trip on May 26, 2021
Awesome trip with Captain Craig. Would definitely go again and recommend him to anyone looking to catch a once in a lifetime...
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Spearfish trip with Captain Craig

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on March 16, 2021
The Captain is very experienced and willing to share his wealth of information about the ocean and sea life.  He...
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FAQs about Goliath Charters Summerland

Goliath Charters Summerland offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group - 2 Hour sunset Trip – Evening Tarpon (2 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 2 Hour Trip – Sunset Shark (2 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour Afternoon Trip (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour Morning Trip (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Goliath Grouper Trip (4 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)
  • $1,000 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 8 Hour Trip – Marquesas (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Goliath Charters Summerland, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • 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
  • 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
  • Handline (Handline Giant Goliath Grouper)

Top targeted fish species with Goliath Charters Summerland include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Bonefish
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Permit
  • Redfish
  • Snapper (Yellowtail)
  • Snook
  • Tarpon