Grouper Fishing Near Cape Coral & Fort Myers

Grouper Fishing Charter in Ft Myers Florida

“Everyone wants to catch a keeper grouper.” – Capt. Craig

Monster gag, red and black grouper hide in rocky lairs far off the shores of Ft. Myers and Cape Coral. Capt. Craig Best of Crabby Charters brings anglers up to 50 miles offshore to provide the best chance at hooking keeper grouper. If you want to come home with a remarkable fish tale about the fight of your life you want to go after grouper.

The waters near Ft. Myers and Cape Coral are home to gag, red, black, yellowfin and other species of grouper. Monstrous goliath grouper can sometimes be found, but harvesting them is prohibited. All species of grouper are great fighters and delightful to eat. Fish cleaning from Capt. Craig is included in all charters.

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Florida Gulf Grouper Fishing Regulations

The state of Florida has an aggregate daily bag limit of four grouper per person. The charter captain and crew are not allowed to bring home gag, black, or red grouper. Capt. Craig takes guests far offshore into federal waters, which follows Florida regulations on bag limits, but federal regulations on harvest seasons. Grouper fishing is open beyond the 20-fathom line from April 1st to January 31st.  

 
Gag
  • Min Size Limit: 24” TL
  • Bag Limit: 2 per person within aggregate
  • Harvest Season: June 1- Dec. 31
Black
  • Min Size Limit: 24” TL
  • Bag Limit: 4 per person within aggregate
  • Harvest Season: Year-round shoreward of 20 fathoms
Red
  • Min Size Limit: 20” TL
  • Bag Limit: 2 per person within aggregate
  • Harvest Season: Year-round shoreward of 20 fathoms
Scamp
  • Min Size Limit: 16” TL
  • Bag Limit: 4 per person within aggregate
  • Harvest Season: Year-round shoreward of 20 fathoms
Yellowmouth
  • Min Size Limit: 20” TL
  • Bag Limit: 4 per person within aggregate
  • Harvest Season: Year-round shoreward of 20 fathoms
Yellowfin
  • Min Size Limit: 20” TL
  • Bag Limit: 4 per person within aggregate
  • Harvest Season: Year-round shoreward of 20 fathoms
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We hope clients will respect the years of work we spent locating the best fishing spots in the area. Please refrain from using GPS mapping during our trips, but feel free to take as many photos as you please! 

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