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Private Boat Charter Adventures in the Cayman Islands

Deep Sea Fishing.

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Crystal Charters Cayman

Deep Sea Fishing in the Cayman Islands:

Happy children holding up their catch of fish from deep sea fishing.
As you venture beyond the barrier reef, the waters drop off quick to depths of 2,500ft, making this tropical paradise an ideal location for deep sea fishing. It only takes 30 minutes for us to reach great deep sea fishing grounds, allowing you to maximize on your fishing time. This also means you can easily incorporate this experience with other fun activities that we offer, such as Stingray City or Snorkeling.

Climb aboard one of our charter boats and our experienced captains will take you on a thrilling adventure to catch some big- game fish! Don’t know how to fish? No problem, our well-trained crew will show you the ropes and be sure to help you every step of the way.

Our 38’ Egg Harbor is the perfect vessel for great deep seas fishing in the Cayman Islands. Book a half-day boat charter to go reef fishing for Jacks, Snapper, Grouper and many other species or get a taste of deep sea fishing for the larger catches. For those true fishing enthusiasts, booking a full day fishing charter is a great option as you can go further out to 12-mile banks where Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Marlin are famously in abundance. Our charter boats are fully stocked with all the gear and equipment you’ll need, just ask, and we’ll get the beers for you too!

Types of offshore fish you find in the Cayman Islands

Mahi Mahi (Corryphaena Hippurus)

Also known as Dorado, Dolphin or dolphin-fish; these 3 to 25 pounder flat fish are quick and lithe, sometimes taking off out of the water when hooked. They are fast breeders and tend to hunt in pairs with schools usually lurking under any form of underwater debris.

Yellow Fin Tuna (Thunnus Albercares)

Also referred to as the Allison Tuna or Backache, the yellow fin is a most flamboyant fish typically weighing anywhere from 30 to 70 pounds. Available abundantly in the tropics, they are hardy when snared and will test your fishing skills to the limit. Tuna makes a great meal and have both commercial and sport value. Yellow fins can grow up to 8 pounds in a year and can grow to be massive weighing over 140 pounds in four years.

Black Fin Tuna (Thunus Atlantica)

The smallest of the tuna species, Black Fins weigh up to 15 pounds and are around 25 inches in length. They do not live longer than 5 years. These tropical fish are abundant on the reef and offshore the Caymans. Here there are plenty of shrimp and crab to feed on, they also hunt surface and deep water squid.

Great Barracuda (sphyreana barracuda)

The common barracuda or simply ‘Cuda’ can reach up to 6 feet long and is prolific in the waters over the Cayman reef. A notorious bait thief, the barracuda is not afraid to take bait even when the rest are wary, making it one of the most readily available on a Cayman Islands deep sea fishing expedition.

Blue Marlin (Makaira Nigricans)

The Blue Marlin is the superstar of game fish; made internationally famous by Hemingway and having lived up to that fame. It’s appearance is vivacious and speaks of speed and strength; putting on awe inspiring displays with jumps and dives when baited.

Wahoo (Acanthocibium Solandri)

The Wahoo is prized as a gourmet game fish because of its high quality meat and fast speed. Caught by trawling, they are found in either solitary or in schools of a few or a couple of hundred. Due to its availability close to shore, the Wahoo is a favourite of many sport fishermen who prefer their light to medium tackle.

King Mackerel (Scomberomorus Cavalla)

The King Mackerel is migratory. They are a medium sized catch and are typically 30 pounds but have been found to exceed 90 pounds. Typically, King Mackerel occurr in depths of 40 to 150 feet though larger ones will venture closer to shore. The mackerel is a carnivore preying on squid, jacks, cutlass fish and blue runners.

Fishing Seasons in Grand Cayman

Deep Sea Fishing in the Cayman Islands

In Grand Cayman, you can enjoy deep sea fishing all year round due to the consistently warm weather and waters.

January is the month to battle Wahoo offshore; they are still young and agile so get ready for a chase. By February however the Wahoo have become offshore monsters and the Mahi Mahi are beginning to tug at the bait. In March the Wahoo offshore have mastered the game with Mahi Mahi no longer juveniles. There are also Great Barracuda with sightings of Sailfish and Sword Fish in true Caribbean colours.

April brings more Mahi Mahi while May is Nassau Grouper season. June is by far the biggest fishing month in the Cayman Islands with Blue and White Marlin, Tuna and Mahi Mahi caught abundantly. The blue waters are overrun with Tarpon and Bonefish by the time July rolls in. Yellow Fin Tuna join the Mahi Mahi with the Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, Pompano, Snapper Grouper, Triggerfish and many more.

In August, Marlin start becoming scarce but the Yellow and Black Fin Tuna open up. Mahi Mahi are the main deep sea game fish with a scattering of bonefish in the wades. By September, Black Fin and Yellow Fin Tuna, Skipjack, Mackerel and Barracuda are found in the richer fields which continue in October where there is a very decent number fish for deep sea fishing in the Cayman Islands.

In November, the first Wahoo of the new season start to show up and offshore Skipjacks are plenty. December is usually cold in temperate regions but the Cayman Islands have a variety of big fish, warm seas and soft sands.

Adventures


C Handley
C Handley
23:45 15 Oct 19
We had the best time as Sheldon and Mikey gave us the tour of a lifetime. They were approachable and professional as they guided us to see the stingrays, eels and starfish. They made a special stop for us on Rum Point so that we could see a part of the island we had not experienced. Hats off to our friends at Crystal Charters. Thanks for a great day!read more
Michael Kirchner
Michael Kirchner
20:47 15 Oct 19
We had a great day on the 45 foot boat with Sheldon and Mikey. We didn’t think we needed to feed the stingrays, but we had a great time there. Mikey introduced us to a stingray that he has been friends with for many years. We went snorkeling in several locations and saw beautiful fish and a moray eel. They also took us to Rum Point and Starfish Beach. They were very relaxed and not concerned about time. Sheldon was an excellent captain as well. Crystal Charters was very easy to work with. We highly recommend them.read more
Colleen Lex
Colleen Lex
16:55 01 Oct 19
What an amazing experience Crystal Charters, Captain Sheldon and crew provided for our group of 14. We booked directly through them instead of an excursion through the Disney cruise and it did not disappoint. We visited Stingray City, Star Fish Beach, coral reefs and a great local lunch spot. Sheldon had the forethought and experience to order our lunch prior to arrival so we didn't have to wait when we got to the beach restaurant, allowing us more time for our snorkeling experience. We had 8 children with us ages 6-14 and I was incredibly impressed with the level of attention the crew paid to ensuring their safety as well as a memorable experience. The crew was mindful of the well being of the environment, sting rays, reef and starfish as well, reminding the kids not to take starfish out of the water etc.. We had plenty of room on the boat, cold bottled water was provided and their was a small store at the marina where we were able to purchase some snacks and adult beverages which we were invited to bring on board. The charter also provided squid to feed the stingray and showed us how to properly do so. They created a lifetime of wonderful memories for our families. I would recommend this charter for adult groups or families!read more
Kelly Lynch
Kelly Lynch
22:21 27 Aug 19
The 1st time we took this leg of the Disney Cruise 2 years ago, we opted to find our own charter options vs. going with the Disney Cruise excursion options. We were lucky enough to find Chrystal Charters and they did not disappoint! This 2nd time we of course went back to Crystal Charters and had another great time. Our guide Duncan and his 1st mate Cassie were AWESOME!!! We had a great time the the stingrays and starfish and they took us to a great local place for lunch. Thank you Crystal Charters for a great time in the Caymans! You're the BEST!read more
Lois Robbins
Lois Robbins
01:12 27 Aug 19
Crystal Charters is awesome!!! On a recent trip to Grand Cayman we booked a half day Excursion with Crystal Charters. The crew was amazing! There were 15 of us including children. They made sure all of us had everything we needed. They took us to Stingray city and then on to snorkel.. our day could not have been betterread more
Krystal Dry
Krystal Dry
18:42 24 Aug 19
We had a great 4 hour tour with Duncan and Cass that was fun for everyone in our group - from ages 3 to grandparents. First we went to Stingray City and played with the gentle giants, then we were off to a beautiful beach for lunch, then off to see and hold the starfish. Even though we didn’t have the best weather, we had a GREAT time, and highly recommend this company to anyone.read more

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