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Captain Randy Knowles

Member since November 2014 Apollo Beach, United States
Background
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.
Techniques
Goliath Grouper, inshore. Nothing like pulling a fish bigger then you are from 20 ft of water. Light Tackle fishing for Reds, Snook and trout, nothing like a Redfish busting a top water plug at Daylight against the mangrove tree line.

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Apollo Beach, United States
Background
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.
Techniques
Goliath Grouper, inshore. Nothing like pulling a fish bigger then you are from 20 ft of water. Light Tackle fishing for Reds, Snook and trout, nothing like a Redfish busting a top water plug at Daylight against the mangrove tree line.

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Captain Randy Knowles - Tampa Bay

7 reviews
Apollo Beach
trips from $450

Fishing Reports

The first Goliath of 2018, 6+ footer.
The first Goliath of 2018, 6+ footer.
Mar 18, 2018 Apollo Beach
The first Goliath of 2018, 6+ footer. Took Tom out yesterday to catch a Goliath. First bite, a big fish, we all got a little excited, but wasn’t on long, pulled lots of drag and broke us off. Second bite, got him away from the structure and the battle was on, after a tug of war, Tom won the battle and we had a 6+ foot fish beside the boat. A few pictures and released. February was such a warm month I was counting on Goliath early in March, but, March turned cold again and the water went from 78 at the end of February to 67 yesterday. With 67 degree water I wasn’t expecting much, the first 2 stops, no bites. We made the 30 minute ride to a reliable spot and got the first bite within a couple minutes. Got broke off, first bite of 2017 “a break off”, not a good start. Next bite, a missed fish but the third one paid off with a BIG fish to the boat. Only fished a couple hours but a decent start to the season. The weather is supposed to be back in the 80’s in four or five days and hopefully it will stay there. April 1 is Easter and my dad always said not to expect summer until after Easter, always works out that way. The fish are there and with warming weather I expect some great fishing days. Snook fishing is on fire, if you can fill the live well with white bait, it’s not too hard to find a bunch of snook willing to eat. Finding the ones in the slot is a little harder and requires big bait and a lot of patience. Trout are biting pretty well on the flats and near the mouths of the rivers. Personally I haven’t had much luck with the redfish so far, but I hear they are out there if you can find them.
Hurricane Irma and a blown engine claime
Hurricane Irma and a blown engine claime
Oct 11, 2017 Apollo Beach
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 to come right thru our area, with expected winds and tides we were expecting not to have a home to come back to. Thankfully, for us anyway, Irma changed her path and went thru the central part of the state putting many families out of their homes, many are still recovering. Thankfully, we came home to no damage, didn’t even lose power. We were greatly blessed. Went out Tuesday after Irma to see what she did to Tampa bay, made it about half way around the point at Mac Dill Air Force base and, "loud noise and CLUNK" went the engine. Had to get towed in, thanks to Boat US made it home. So, I’m not sure how fishing was during the month of September, I heard a lot of snook and redfish were caught, so it sounds like fishing was pretty good. October 2, 2017 Finally got the boat back with a brand new Yamaha 150, 4 stroke. (I like this motor). Did a lot of shopping around, rebuild, get a rebuilt head and do it myself? Decided go with a new one, I got 17 good years out of that old OX 66 and who knows how many hours. Took the boat over to Central Marine in St Pete on Sept 24, got it back in a week, I thought that was pretty good. Only problem, the poling platform, (fishing platform) was too low and had to be removed. Had to raise it up 7 inches. Wanted to do that anyway, it was a little low for a grown man to fish over. Finally got everything back together and in the water Monday for the ‘slow’ 1st hour of break-in at under 2000 rpm, then the second hour on plane, but not over 3000. Did about 3 hours of riding, nice day. Went out for the first time for a Goliath today, (by myself) not recommended, fished about an hour, 1 bite, 1 fish. Back in service and ready to fish. Did get a video of my fish today, will put in up soon on my you tube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrHbCVDGuoWtNz5TX_45C_Q Hopefully, the next report will be much better.

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5.00
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Another bucket list item checked off (Goliath Grouper)
Another bucket list item checked off (Goliath Grouper)
Capt. Randy is the Goliath Whisperer!  For fish to the boat!
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Jared S.
, Delavan, WI
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Half day trip with Captain Randy Knowles

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on 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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Bradenton, FL
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6 hour Goliath Grouper trip with Capt. Randy

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on 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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Sun City Center, FL
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Another bucket list item checked off (Goliath Grouper)

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on 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   Full Day Trip on 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   Full Day Trip on 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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