Fishing is a year round sport in the Cayman Islands, with the choice of reef, deep sea and shore fishing.
Most visitors will book a fishing charter with one of Cayman's experienced boat operators and it's a wonderful experience. Tackle and bait will be provided and the crew will clean and filet your catch, so it can be enjoyed later that evening. With a plentiful supply of fish, experienced fishers and novices alike will return to shore happy with their catch!
Fishing Trips & Charters
Grand Cayman is surrounded by a reef that is home to an abundance of tropical fish. Reef fishing is a great activity for the whole family as even the youngest fishers are almost guaranteed success.
Expect to reel in yellowtail, snapper, blue runner, bar jack and barracuda. Catch and release is encouraged to avoid depletion of stocks, however, edible fish can be taken home. In season you will also have the opportunity to dive for conch and lobster.
Deep Sea Fishing
The joy of deep sea fishing in Cayman is that the drop off is only a quarter of a mile from shore where depths reach 800m. Not far after that, the Cayman Trench extends down to 20,000 feet where the sea is teeming with fish life.
Expect to catch wahoo, tuna, mahi mahi (dolphin fish), barracuda and blue marlin weighing over 20lbs. The heaviest fish ever caught in Cayman waters was a 580lb blue marlin! Wahoo season runs from November to March and tuna from March to June. Marlin and mahi mahi are plentiful throughout the year.
Fishing trips tend to leave early, around 7am, and some tour operators will serve lunch on board.
Unless you are a Caymanian or possess a licence, then by law you must practice catch and release.
Little Cayman is particularly renowned for light tackle fishing. Tarpon weighing up to 20lb have been caught in the landlocked lake, unsurprisingly known as Tarpon Lake. The best time to take on these notorious fighters is sunrise and sunset. Bone fishing in the flats of the southern shore is very exciting and guides can take you on a full or half day trip. Bonefish caught in this area typically weigh 3-8lb, while permit weighing as much as 35lb school off the southeastern end of the island.
While visitors are welcome to enjoy the various fishing activities available in the Cayman Islands, they should be aware of certain restrictions, size limits and fishing seasons:
Visiting anglers will find plenty of options on all three islands from deep sea and sports fishing to reef fishing and light tackle fishing in the coastal flats. There are also a number of fishing tournaments held throughout the year. For details and dates visit www.fishcayman.com.