Amberjack Fishing Near Ft. Myers & Cape Coral
“Most people can only handle catching a couple.” – Capt. Craig
Amberjack fishing off the shores of Ft. Myers and Cape Coral will challenge even the most experienced anglers. Amberjack are known for their unbelievable strength and endurance. The Gulf of Mexico is home to greater and lesser amberjack. Don’t let the names fool you, both species of fish are tremendous fighters and test the limits of any angler. Fights with an amberjack can last up to an hour.
Schools of amberjack prefer structures like reefs or wrecks under at least 60 feet of water. Captain Craig Best of Crabby Charters takes guests up to 50 miles offshore into deeper waters to offer the best chance at massive amberjack.
Florida Gulf Coast Amberjack Fishing Regulations
While the greater amberjack has a shorter season, the lesser amberjack is open for harvest year round. The greater amberjack is subject to in-season closure if the annual catch limit is projected to be met. An aggregate bag limit governs the lesser amberjack and the banded rudderfish, limiting anglers to five fish per person per day.
- Min Size Limit: 34” Fork Length
- Bag Limit: 1 per person
- Harvest Season: Jan 1 to March 23
- Min Size Limit: 14” – 22” Fork Length
- Bag Limit: 5 per person within aggregate
- Harvest Season: Year-round