Captain Randy Knowles

Member since November 2014

Tampa, 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.

Captain Randy Knowles

Tampa, 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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Fishing Reports

The first Goliath of 2018, 6+ footer.

March 18, 2018

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… Read Full Report →


Tampa Bay water and fishing is warming u

February 16, 2018

Yesterday the water in Tampa Bay was 72 degrees, last week, 65. If this warm sunshine keeps up as expected the Goliath may be coming in early this year. Next week, I'll be getting on the water and checking… Read Full Report →


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 →


90 lb Braden battles 300 lb Goliath

July 19, 2017

90 pound Braden battles 300lb Goliath Jason, Tyler and Braden (birthday boy 12yrs today) After shallow water fishing Tuesday in Tampa Bay, Braden decided he wanted to try a Goliath. Called me Tuesday evening and at 0700 Wednesday morning… Read Full Report →


Goliath's , 4 to the boat, slow day

July 10, 2017

Picked up Kat and Shaun at Little Harbor at 0700, trying to beat the late afternoon heat. Went to Kat's tower. (Last year we hooked 4 fish at one tower and she named it) "Kat's Last Chance Café". It's… Read Full Report →


Been an Amazing year so far

June 23, 2017

March 2017 It’s Been an amazing year in Tampa Bay so far, the season started off real slow and windy. The first fish came boat side March 20, 2017. I believe the cool windy winter we had kept them… Read Full Report →

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Eliot Drew
Potters Bar, ENG
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Full day Goliath Grouper Fishing

VERIFIED   April 6, 2018
Randy has been fishing for Goliath Grouper for 20 years and I must say I was very impressed with his knowledge of the water...
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Riverview, Florida
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Amazing trip

VERIFIED   September 6, 2016
Amazing trip great captain would recommend this captain and trip to anyone
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