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Captain Randy Knowles - Tampa Bay

9425 Highway 41 South Riverv…
Tampa FL, United States

Captain Randy Knowles offers trips in both Tampa Bay and Boca Grande, 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 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 30 Nov
    US$ 450
    up to 3 persons
    This is a six-hour Tampa Bay inshore trip for giant Goliath Grouper. Fishing the inland waters of Tampa Bay and catching fish bigger than you, in only 20ft of water! Price includes rods, reels and tackle, fishing licenses, drinks and snacks.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    3 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 30 Nov (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sun)
    US$ 250
    up to 3 persons
    This is a Tampa Bay inshore trip for giant Goliath Grouper. Fishing the inland waters of Tampa Bay and catching fish bigger than you, in only 20ft of water! Price includes rods, reels and tackle, fishing licenses, drinks and snacks. Pickup for Half day at Maximo Park, St Pete.

About this listing

Targeted Species

  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 Included

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 1 day before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Catch and Release Mandatory

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

About the Charter Operator

Captain Randy Knowles
Tampa, Florida, United States
Member since November 2014
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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.
Response time: 2 hours
Response rate: 100%

Customer Reviews

5 out of 5 stars from 2 reviews

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Randy has been fishing for Goliath Grouper for 20 years and I must say I was very impressed with his knowledge of the water and the tackle needed to tackle these mammoth fish

Fished April 6, 2018
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Amazing trip great captain would recommend this captain and trip to anyone

Fished September 6, 2016
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