Hooligan Sportfishing

Start your Islamorada adventure with Hooligan Sportfishing! Captain Sal Gozzo has over 30 years of charter fishing experience, chartering the inshore and offshore waters of New Jersey, North Carolina, and now the Florida Keys. He loves putting smiles on his customer’s faces and will put every possible effort into your fishing day to make it a successful and memorable one!

Capt. Sal’s fishing passion is unmatched and one of his favorite things is teaching the beginner to novice angler the best techniques for the fishery they opt for. When it comes to children anglers, Capt. Sal has a very patient way with youngsters and strives incredibly to make their fishing experience one they will never forget!

You’ll be fishing on a 24’ Seahunter, designed to handle anything from the Back Country Everglades to offshore deep sea fishing and all in-between. It fishes up to 4 anglers and has a super comfortable and dry ride providing a great fishing experience for our customers.

Captain Sal welcomes questions and has a knack for making your fishing experience a most pleasurable one. Once you fish with Captain Sal you will find yourself looking forward to your next booking with him as his clients become family and he is always a cell call away to answer any possible question you may have.

You only need to pack some snacks and drinks for the day, as everything else is covered by the captain.

Come fish with Captain Sal and experience a day on the water that you will remember for a long time to come!

*******Please keep in mind it’s customary to tip on all trips!!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Shark/Tarpon
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    $595
    Short evening run trip for the budget-minded angler who wants a short fishing day and a big catch. Target Tarpon and Shark using light tackle. The captain will prepare everything you need equipment-wise, you just need to pack some snacks and drinks.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Tarpon Moonlight
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Jun 30
    $595
    This trip will start at 8:30 p.m. and run to 11:30 p.m. You and the crew will be targeting strictly Tarpon by night light. The bite is usually productive.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    $750
    This short trip is for the budget-minded angler or families with kids. It's a great way to learn the basics of fishing in a short time and catch something right away. Target Redfish, Snook, Jack Crevalle, Cobia, Snapper, and many more.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 12 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $750
    Best suited for the budget-minded angler and great for families with children under 10 years of age. All bait, tackle, and fishing licenses included. Starting time can be adjusted. Just pack some snacks and drinks for the day.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $950
    For the angler that wants to go offshore sportfishing for pelagics but does not want to be out all day, this 6-hour trip is a perfect solution. Departure time can be adjusted slightly. Your fishing equipment is fully covered.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,150
    This trip is a must for every offshore enthusiast! 8 hours of fishing, usually starting at 7:00 a.m. (can be adjusted). All tackle and fishing licenses are included! Target Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, and many other big game species.
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About the Captain

Sal Gozzo
Islamorada, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
3 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
95 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since February 2021
Started catching Sunnys in a local pond in New Jersey and my Passion grew from there. I have fished hard in the inshore and offshore waters of New Jersey, North Carolina and now I am deep into fishing the waters of Islamorada "The Sport Fishing Capital of the World! Our specialty is offshore but we are game for any of your Fishing desires! We will also help you with any of your Family Fun on the water Adventures.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Sailfish Sailfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper

Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred) Narrow-barred Spanish Mackerel
Tarpon Tarpon
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

SeaHunter (Center console) originally built in 2012, and restored in 2020. Powered by a 350HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
Mastercard
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 4% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 94 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Shark #1
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Angler Rating
90
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
98%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
93%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
85%
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Lindsay K.
Turnerville, WY
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Fishing with Sal

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip on May 2, 2022
We had a GREAT time fishing with Captain Sal. If you are looking to book a fun fishing trip look no further. We ended up catching...
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Lorenzo D.
Miami Beach, FL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
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5.0 / 5
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The best fishing Charter EVER!!

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (PM) on March 18, 2022
Let me start this review by mentioning how much effort Captain Sal made to make sure we had a great fishing experience. Can’t...
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William R.
Smyrna, GA
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Very good
4.0 / 5
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Half Day Trip with Captain Sal

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on April 12, 2022
When we initially booked the trip, we wanted to go offshore fishing.  However, Mother Nature had other plans for us.  Because...
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Neal G.
Sandown, NH
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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6 Hr trip with Captain Sal

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip on May 3, 2022
Thanks Captain Sal for a great day on the water. We caught quite a few big sharks and hooked up to a tarpon as well. Despite...
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Monty M.
Box Elder, SD
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Me and a friend chartered a full day trip with captain Sal

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on November 9, 2021
It’s was a blast was hoping to fish off shore but do to weather was not able so fished in shore and Sal got us right on the...
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FAQs about Hooligan Sportfishing

Hooligan Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $595 per group, additional $45 per person after 3 guests - 3 Hour Trip – Shark/Tarpon (3 hours)
  • $595 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 3 Hour Trip – Tarpon Moonlight (3 hours)
  • $750 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 4 Hour Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $750 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $950 per group, additional $75 per person after 3 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,150 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Hooligan Sportfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well (2 Live wells)
  • Wireless Trolling Motor (Minn Kota Ipilot)
  • Ice Box (Multiple Large Fish and Food Ice Boxes)

Trips booked with Hooligan Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Hooligan Sportfishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (Rocky bottom)
  • Nearshore Fishing (Great for Families with children)
  • Offshore Fishing (Deep Sea Fishing for Pelagics)
  • Reef Fishing (Patch Reef Fishing)
  • Backcountry Fishing (Everglades)

Hooligan Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Hooligan Sportfishing include:
  • Amberjack
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Sailfish
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred)
  • Tarpon
  • Wahoo