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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

6 Goliath to the boat in 2 days!

May 17, 2019

12 Goliath to the boat in 2 days! Making memories. Eric and crew of 6 on a Bachelor party getaway from Atlanta. 3 guys on Friday, 6 fish to the boat, 3 new guys on Saturday, 6 fish to… Read Full Report →


Goliath Grouper in January, WOW!

January 02, 2019

The First Goliath of 2019, In January, WOW! A first for me, catching a goliath in January. I’ve always believed they went out to deeper water with a more stable temperature. I’ve met a few divers that tell me… Read Full Report →


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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5.00
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Another bucket list item checked off (Goliath Grouper)
Capt. Randy is the Goliath Whisperer!  For fish to the boat!
Capt. Randy is the Goliath Whisperer!  For fish to the boat!
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Appropriate for children
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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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Sun City Center, FL
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Another bucket list item checked off (Goliath Grouper)

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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Chicago, IL
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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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