Start your Islamorada adventure with Hooligan Sportfishing! Captain Sal Gozzo has over 25 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
    Full Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,050
    This trip is a must for every offshore enthusiast! 8 hours of fishing, usually starting at 7am (can be adjusted). All tackle and fishing licenses are included! Target Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, and many other big game species.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $850
    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
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 17 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $695
    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 Hour Trip – Shark/Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    $495
    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 (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    $495
    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.
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About the Captain

Sal Gozzo
Islamorada, Florida, United States
3 Fishing Reports
27 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
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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, there is a 5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Fishing with Sal
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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
83%
Satisfied with the boat
96%
Catch intended fish
67%
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Lauren T.
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Half day

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Shark/Tarpon on May 8, 2021
Best day of our vacation was spent with Captain Sal!  We caught so many fish.  We did a trip with four people and someone...
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Brendan D.
Niles, Illinois
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Half Day Trip with Capt Sal

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip (PM) on May 16, 2021
I haven’t been fishing in years and my wife had never been fishing. This was a nice introduction to what the Keys can offer...
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San Juan
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3 hr fishing trip

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Shark/Tarpon on May 14, 2021
Capt Sal was a pleasure to fish with, visit with, and spend the afternoon with. Well prepared to adjust to weather conditions...
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Blake S.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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3/4 trip with Sal

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on May 13, 2021
My wife and I had a great experience with Sal. The grounds were packed with boats of all sizes and he managed to separate and...
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Jodie S.
Jupiter, Florida
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Absolutely fantastic time!

3 Hour Trip (PM) on March 29, 2021
Captian Sal really made this a memorable experience. This trip was perfect for us and was just what we were looking for. Captian...
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FAQs about Hooligan Sportfishing

Hooligan Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $495 per group, additional $45 per person after 3 guests - 3 Hour Trip – Shark/Tarpon (3 hours)
  • $495 per group, additional $45 per person after 3 guests - 3 Hour Trip (PM) (3 hours)
  • $695 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $850 per group, additional $75 per person after 3 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,050 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