Grand Cayman is almost entirely surrounded by a coral reef that is home to an abundance of tropical fish. These ecosystems are hugely bio diverse – supporting all degrees of marine life from smaller bait fish through to top order predators. It is this characteristic which makes them a fisherman’s dream! With such a wealth of fish, reef fishing is a great activity for the whole family as even the youngest fishers are almost guaranteed success.
For inshore fishing, expect to reel in yellowtail, snapper, blue runner, bar jack, barracuda and smaller reef species. Catch and release is encouraged to avoid depletion of stocks and it is reassuring to know that survival rate of released fish in shallow waters tends to be higher than that of deep sea fishing. However, fish within legal size limits (see Fishing Restrictions) can be taken home. In season you will also have the opportunity to dive for conch and lobster.
It is also very important to practice safe fishing methods when fishing near a reef. Destructive fishing methods, such as fishing using gill nets and beach seines can damage surrounding coral reefs as they drag on the ocean floor. Such fishing methods are prohibited in the Cayman Islands. It is an offence to cause damage to a coral reef through anchoring and there are restrictions on how close you can anchor to any coral heads. If you witness any persons breaking these laws it is important to contact the Department of Environment!