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Crystal Charters Cayman

Lobster, Conch & Reef Fishing in the Cayman Islands

Whether you’re an avid fisherman or simply looking for a delightful bonding experience with your kids, adding reef fishing in the Cayman Islands to your itinerary is a great option. The island is surrounded by a vast coral reef ecosystem that is teeming with diverse species of fish and marine life. There are miles of abundant reefs that can be explored and fished.

If your kids love to fish, we can anchor off at the reef and do some catch and release reef fishing. We provide all the fishing gear necessary but please ask during the booking process, so that we can prepare for your trip accordingly. You can also ask if trawling is an option on your boat to see if we can catch a mackerel or even a barracuda!

Plan Your Adventure

What are Conch?

This common name refers collectively to a variety of medium-large shell sea creatures. While there are many types of Conch around the world, queen conch is the most populous in the Grand Cayman.

Interesting facts about them include:

  • They spend their first year buried under the sand during the day only coming out to feed at night
  • They are native to the Caribbean, including Bermuda, Bahamas and the Florida Keys.
  • Their natural predators include blue crabs, nurse sharks, eagle rays and spiny lobsters to name a few.
  • They are herbivores
  • They take five years to reach maturity
  • They produce natural pearls

When is Conch Season and what are the Rules Involved in catching them?

The Conch season in the Cayman is between 1st November to 31st April. According to the government laws, no one is allowed to fish, possess, or purchase conch from Cayman waters between 1st May to 31st October. During the open season, the law limits fishing to 5 conchs per person per day or 10 conchs per boat. Violation of these laws will inflict penalties and fines.

How do we Prepare Conch Ceviche?

Now that you have had a great time helping our captains free-dive for conch, what’s next? It’s time to indulge yourself in a unique and delicious taste of our signature Conch Ceviche.

Our captains marinate the ceviche in lime juice, onions, pepper and tomatoes to give it that unique taste that explodes as it hits your mouth. If you’re looking to add a local twist to your ceviche, ask our captains to prepare the conch Cayman style!

Spiny Lobsters

Everyone knows that lobster makes for a delicious dinner, but few know about the interesting lives these creatures live. Here are some interesting facts about these popular invertebrates:

  • When they mate their eggs are not fertilized immediately
  • Once hatched, the larvae travel long distances as plankton in currents before settling in shallow water nursery habitats.
  • Lobsters can live as long as 20 years
  • Three of their five pairs of legs have sharp claws
  • As they grow, a spiny lobster moults and loses its hard protective exoskeleton. After this, the lobster is soft-bodied and very vulnerable to predators for about two days until a new, larger exoskeleton forms.
  • Spiny lobsters have two large antennae covered with sharp points, which are used for defence and fighting. They also have two smaller antennules, which are sensory organs that detect chemicals and movement in the water.
  • Spiny lobsters are nocturnal, emerging from their hiding space at night to forage for food – including crabs, clams, and other invertebrates.

When is Lobster Season and what are the rules involved in catching them?

Lobster season in Cayman is between 1st December – 28th February. During the closed season, nobody is supposed to fish, possess, or purchase lobster taken from Cayman waters. During the open season, the law requires a limit of three lobster per person or six per boat per day. Violation of these laws will lead to the aforementioned penalties.

How do we prepare lobster?

There’s no better way to prepare lobster than on a grill, which we have right on the back of our Egg Harbor Vessel. Our captains use the perfect combination of butter, lemon, salt & pepper to create a local delicacy that cannot be any more fresh!

Plan Your Adventure

Reef Fishing in the Cayman Islands

Reef fishing in the Cayman Islands is a more relaxed, slow paced fishing adventure compared to deep sea fishing. Unwind as you spend the day aboard one of our charter boats while our experienced crew bring you to some of the most beautiful fishing spots in Grand Cayman. This is the perfect way to spend quality time with loved ones, soak up the beauty of the island, while exploring magnificent coral reefs and learning about marine life.

Below are just a few of the possible fish species you may encounter while fishing in the Cayman Islands with Crystal Charters.

Yellowtail Snappers

Yellowtail Snapper are a fish species popular in the Western Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Though they are rarer than many other snapper species, they are found to be concentrated in Florida, Bahamas, and the Caymans islands.

Mutton Snapper

Mutton Snapper are a prized catch for great fishermen because of their spirited fight and delicious meat. They can be up to 2 feet long and are native to the Western Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean.

Bar Jack

Also known as the Red Jack, Blue-striped Cavalla, Carbonero, or Passing Jack. They are a very common inshore marine fish.

Bermuda Chub

Bermuda Chub belong to Kyphosus genus and are found in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Florida, Bahamas, and Bermuda along walls and coral reefs.

Needle Fish

Needle Fish look similar to North America freshwater Gars. They have long elongated jaws filled with sharp teeth.

Grunts

Grunts closely resemble the French Grunt and the Blue-striped Grunt – belonging to the grunt genus.

Parrot Fish

Parrot Fish comprise of a group of marine species. They prefer shallow subtropical and tropical oceans around the world and include 95 species, making them one of the most diverse sea creatures.

Environmental safety

We take protecting and preserving our oceans from exploitive human activities like overfishing very seriously which is why we always practice safe fishing methods. We practice catch and release fishing to help keep marine life healthy and sustainable; however, fish within legal size limits can be taken home. We are aware and fully compliant with all the local fishing laws to facilitate your lobster, conch and reef fishing in the Cayman Islands. You will be provided with all the fishing information you need to have a safe and eco friendly experience!

Adventures


Sebastian Lagos
Sebastian Lagos
22:44 21 Nov 19
This was an amazing experience! The people of Crystal Charters are so wonderful, and informative. We swam, waltzed, and kissed a stingray, played with all the fish and starfish, and caught a few tuna and a barracuda! We even saw a sunken ship! It is DEFINITELY a must see. If I could, this would get 10 stars!Thank you Captain Benji, and thank you Shirley and Alex!read more
Rhianna Thomas
Rhianna Thomas
02:49 20 Nov 19
We had an amazing experience with Captain Benji, Slim and Shirley. We were able to do some snorkeling, pet a stingray and then went deep sea fishing. I cannot recommend this charter enough. The booking process was smooth and Kristie was always quick to answer any questions I had. We will definitely use Crystal Charters again. To top off the whole trip, we caught a wahoo and now get to have our fish for dinner tomorrow. How cool is that?!?read more
Nick Buysse
Nick Buysse
16:38 17 Nov 19
We did small group charter with our family and some friends to see Sting Ray City, Starfish Point, and some snorkeling. The trip was amazing and did not disappoint. Cass and Alex were friendly, knowledgeable, and able to show us and tell us all about the local area and fish.The highlight for me was their willingness to work with our kids and help them get comfortable with the interaction with the sting ray, the fish, and the star fish. I went in with a kid who was a bit scared, and I didn't know how the snorkeling would go. Cass worked with her to make her comfortable in the water and around the sea life, and in the end, it was the highlight of her trip.read more
Courtney Buysse
Courtney Buysse
16:11 17 Nov 19
We chose Crystal Charters as our excursion during our stop in Grand Cayman and we definitely made the right decision. We had the best time ever! We had 2 families made up of adults and children and they came up with the perfect activities that everyone loved. They helped the kids learn to snorkel and made then comfortable swimming with sting rays. The absolute best time of our entire trip!read more
Courtney Buysse
Courtney Buysse
21:09 12 Nov 19
Crystal charters was amazing! They helped our kids learn to snorkel and get comfortable with the water giving us parents a chance to have some fun as well. Absolutely amazing Cass and Alex were the absolute best!!read more
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

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