Captain Randy Knowles - Tampa Bay

Captain Randy Knowles offers trips in Tampa Bay, Florida. Randy is yet to find a bait that is too big for Goliath Grouper to eat, so a trip with him will really get you to discover the meaning of “the bigger the bait, the bigger the fish”!

You will head out aboard a 19’ Scout flats boat with a 98” beam, which provides plenty of fishing space for up to three anglers. With its 150 HP Yamaha motor, it can reach maximum cruising speeds of 50 knots to get you to the action in no time.

The poling platform provides great support when you fish off the stern and tackle some big beasts with heavy tackle. The boat also comes equipped with GPS, fishfinder, VHF radio, and a wireless trolling motor to sneak into shallow inshore waters.

Captain Randy Knowles offers specialized charters targeting Goliath Grouper using heavy tackle, and provides custom rods, Penn reels, tackle, fishing licenses, Coke drinks, water, ice, and snacks on trips.

Goliath Grouper season is best from April through November. They can still be found during the winter, however, it is much harder to get them to take the bait. New fishing regulations no longer permit you to pull fish out of the water, but it is still very thrilling to pull a fish that is bigger than you are to the boat - everybody needs to do this at least once!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 30
    $450
    price breakdown
    $450
    This is a 6-hour inshore trip in the Tampa Bay. Look out for some big giants such as the Goliath Grouper. While fishing in these inland waters, you might end up catching fish bigger than you! The price includes rods, reels, tackle, fishing licenses, drinks, and snacks.

About the Charter Operator

Captain Randy Knowles
Apollo Beach, Florida, United States
9 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
7 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
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.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Grouper (Goliath) Grouper (Goliath)

Boat Specs

Scout (Flats boat) originally built in 2000. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha 2017 engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
19 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Heavy Tackle

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Wireless Trolling Motor
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Snacks
Drinks
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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5.00
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Capt. Randy is the Goliath Whisperer!  For fish to the boat!
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
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100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Jared S.
, Delavan, WI
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Half day trip with Captain Randy Knowles

VERIFIED   May 11, 2019
We had a great time with Captain Randy on a half day trip.  He is very accommodating and is kid friendly.  We caught...
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Michael S.
Bradenton, FL
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6 hour Goliath Grouper trip with Capt. Randy

VERIFIED   June 17, 2019
My son, friend, and I went on the 6 hour Golith Grouper trip with Capt. Randy and I must say that we had an amazing experience....
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Marcos L.
Sun City Center, FL
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VERIFIED   July 3, 2019
We had an excellent fishing day with Capt. Randy. He was very friendly and worked very hard to find fish. We caught 2 nice...
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Goliath Grouper with Capt. Randy Knowles

VERIFIED   May 25, 2019
I had a fantastic trip. The captain is very friendly and helpful. He put me onto the fish right away. I landed six fish up...
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Jeremiah D.
Joplin, Missouri
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Capt. Randy is the Goliath Whisperer! For fish to the boat!

VERIFIED   June 27, 2019
Great day on the water.  Caught our first fish within minutes of dropping the line. We had a blast and caught four giant...
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