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 March 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!

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 bigge


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  • Full Day Trip
    6 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 450 private charter
  • Half Day Trip
    3 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 250 private charter
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About this listing

Boat Specs

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

Length
19 ft
Capacity
3 persons
Types of Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Tampa Bay
Fishing Techniques
Heavy Tackle
Targeted Species
 
Grouper (Goliath)
Amenities
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Adult and child
Fishfinder
Fly Fishing Equipment
Bed
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Adult and child
Fishfinder
Wireless Trolling Motor
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Custom rods and Penn reels
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Crackers
Drinks
Water, Coke, Ice
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment
Policies
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 24 hours before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
10 years and over
 
Catch and Release Mandatory
Payment

20% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker 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.

About the Charter Operator

Captain Randy Knowles
Tampa, Florida, United States
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.
Response time: 10 hours
Response rate: 100%

Customer Reviews

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Amazing trip great captain would recommend this captain and trip to anyone

Fished September 6, 2016
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Fishing Reports

Hurricane Irma and a blown engine claime

October 11, 2017

Hurricane Irma and a blown engine claimed all of September. September 9, we loaded the back of the Tahoe with all that we considered not replaceable and headed to my sons house. With the projected path of Hurricane Irma… Read Full Report →