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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 Offshore the Cayman Islands:

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, where our experienced captains will take you on a thrilling adventure to catch some big- game fish! Don’t know how to fish? No problem, as 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 a great fishing experience here in Grand Cayman. 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; the 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)

Weighing anywhere from 30 to 70 pounds, the yellow fin is a most flamboyant fish that is also called Allison Tuna or Backache. Available proficiently all around the tropics, they are hardy when snared and will test your skill to the limit. Tuna makes a sweet dish to boot and have both commercial and sport value. Yellow fins can grow 8 pounds in a year and become a massive to 140 pounds in four.

Black Fin Tuna (Thunus Atlantica)

The smallest of the tuna species, Black Fins weigh up to 15 pounds and around 25 inches in length in Cayman. These warm water loving fish are numerous on the reef and offshore the Caymans, where there is plenty of shrimps and crabs to feed on. They also hunt surface and deep water squids but don’t live further than 5 years.

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 canary islands deep sea fishing expedition.

Blue Marlin (Makaira Nigricans)

It’s the superstar of game fish; made internationally famous by Hemingway and having lived up to that fame. The Blue Marlin’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 a scombird fish very prized as a gourmet and game fish because of its high quality meat and fast speed. Caught by trolling in the Caribbean they are to be found mulling around suitable fields either solitary, in school of a few or a couple of hundred. due to its availability close to shore, it’s a favourite of many sport fishermen who prefer its light to medium tackle but can get in the way of those targeting bigger fish.

King Mackerel (Scomberomorus Cavalla)

The kingfish is a migratory type of mackerel and is important for commercial and recreation purposes. A medium sized catch; the king mackerel are typically 30 pounds but can exceed 90 pounds. Occurring in depths of 40 to 150 feet though larger ones will venture inshore, the mackerel is a carnivore that preys on squid, jacks, cutlass fish and blue runners. They have been known to thrash and bite humans who have accidentally fallen in their midst.

Fishing Seasons in Grand Cayman

In Grand Cayman, you can enjoy deep sea fishing all year round due to the consistently warm weather and fish like the Mahi Mahi and Blue Marlin that never stop biting. 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 is also Great Barracuda with sightings of Sailfish and Sword Fish typical to true Caribbean colours.

April brings more Mahi Mahi while May is an open Nassau Grouper season. June is by far the biggest fishing month of the Cayman Islands with Blue and White Marlin, Tuna and Mahi Mahi. The blue water is 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 the 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. November and the first Wahoo start to show up and offshore Skipjacks are plenty. December is cold in temperate regions but the Cayman Islands have a variety of big fish, warm seas and soft sands.

Adventures


Sara Westerhaus
Sara Westerhaus
23:45 03 Apr 19
Our crew was Alex and River and they were awesome! They took us on a 4 hour tour. We went to two snorkeling spots, Stingray City and Starfish Point. We had such a fun and memorable time. The crew were amazing with our kids ages 5, 7 and 8 as our kids were scared of the stingrays at first but they made it fun by talking to their stingray friends. Our experience exceeded our expectations and I would definitely recommend them. Alex and River were fun and friendly and the boat was very nice and clean.read more
Wendy Rodriguez
Wendy Rodriguez
19:52 22 Mar 19
Crystal Charters went above and beyond for our day trip to Grand Cayman! The boat was clean, stocked, our guide and hostess were so helpful and knowledgeable about the area, best spots, history etc. Our family can’t wait to return and use them again!!!read more
Pam Tarrolly
Pam Tarrolly
20:31 21 Mar 19
We had an unbelievable experience with Crystal Charters! We were so impressed with the crew. Wow!! Just Awesome! They went above and beyond to make us all feel comfortable & welcome! They were friendly, entertaining and so accommodating. The boat was so clean and well stocked with water! Our family had an unbelievable experience with Crystal charters! We love the private tour and afternoon on the water. Snorkeling was like nothing else on island. Worth the time and money! Everything was perfect! One of the best days we’ve ever had on vacation. Absolutely outstanding! Also great communication from the company start to finish!!!read more
Stefani Pegram
Stefani Pegram
06:41 13 Mar 19
Amazing! Take the sunrise charter! It is sure not to disappoint! The Stingray Tour was the best thing ive ever done in my life! Friendly and informative guide!
P W
P W
06:55 22 Jan 19
The 7 of us went on a bioluminescence tour last night and had an amazing time! Captain Alex and Liz were incredibly professional and shared interesting information about the bay and the biology throughout our trip. I was using a cane and had slight mobility challenges but they were kindly checking in with me and helping me move around the deck.We all agreed it was one of the most unique things we've ever experienced. Thanks again Alex and Liz for such a fun evening! :)By the way, it's a bit tough to take photos of the bioluminescence, for reference, I was using a Google Pixel 3 XL phone in "night sight" mode as well as a Sony RX100 M5 for the photos that I've posted.read more
B Butler
B Butler
01:36 09 Jan 19
Thank You Crystal Charters, and especially Slim and Duncan for a fantastic afternoon and evening! My wife and I, and our 2 teenage daughters had an awesome day with you guys!! Crystal provided a personalized and unique experience by customizing our trip to include a pickup at Kaibo, followed by afternoon reef fishing and snorkeling. Slim and Duncan then dropped us off at Camama Bay for dinner. After dinner, they took us to do the bioluminescence swim (a must-do) and back to our drop-off at Kaibo.I highly recommend Crystal Charters, and Slim and Duncan! This was the highlight of our entire week in Grand Cayman!!read more

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