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 to your itinerary is a great option for you. 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 is 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? Now 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!
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 molts 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 coverer with sharp points, which are used for defense 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 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.
They 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
These 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
Also known as the Red Jack, Blue-striped Cavalla, Carbonero, or Passing Jack. They are a very common inshore marine fish.
They belongs to Kyphosus genus and it’s found on the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Florida, Bahamas, and Bermuda along walls and coral reefs.
They look similar to North America freshwater Gars. It has long elongated jaw filled with sharp teeth.
They closely resembles the French Grunt and the Blue-striped Grunt and belongs to the grunt genus.
Comprise of a group of marine species, which prefer shallow subtropical and tropical oceans around the world. They include 95 species, which makes them one of the most diverse sea creatures.
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 Grand Cayman. You will be provided with all the fishing information you need to have a safe and eco friendly experience!
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
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
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
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!
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
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