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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 is Conch?

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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?

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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

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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 covered 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?

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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!

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Reef Fishing in the Cayman Islands

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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

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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

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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

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

Bermuda Chub

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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

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

Grunts

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

Parrot Fish

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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


Stanton Ingram
Stanton Ingram
13:10 07 Jun 19
My family rented a Sea Ray for 4 hours one afternoon, and we had a great time. Alex and Ricky from Crystal Charters were very professional, kind, and fun. The booking process was also very easy. I would strongly recommend renting a boat in Grand Cayman with Crystal Charters!read more
Lisa Gentry
Lisa Gentry
21:19 05 Jun 19
Ricky and Alex were amazing guides and made the trip so much fun! We learned all about the Stingrays and were amazed at how much info they had to share. Stingray City is a must do for anyone visiting Grand Cayman. We also went to two snorkeling spots where we saw beautiful fish and more stingrays. We ended the trip at Starfish Point and again had tons of fun learning and playing. Alex and Ricky were great with my two kids (my 6 year old son has Cerebral Palsy)! We would defiantly recommend to anyone!read more
Chadwick Brackett
Chadwick Brackett
23:56 25 May 19
Had a great day on the water with our crew Slim & Val. They did a amazing job talking about the stingrays and there culture here on the island. I would highly recommended using them to anyone that wants to spend a great day on the water! Kristi that helped me book the trip was awesome too!read more
Grace Van de Camp
Grace Van de Camp
17:49 24 May 19
Wonderful experience on a great boat in the beautiful crystal clear waters of Cayman! Booked a private 4 hour charter for 5 people to see the mangroves, swim with the stingrays, snorkel at coral gardens and swim in the bio bay. Our captain and guide (Verne and Ricky) were super easy going, friendly and very knowledgeable. The whole experience was very relaxing and fun. We were even able to squeeze in an extra snorkel stop while waiting for the sun to set so our bio bay experience could be enjoyed to the fullest in the dark. Fresh water and extra towels were provided with the boat as well. Kristie in the office made booking and payment super easy. Would highly recommend booking your excursions with Crystal Charters.read more
Jason Wilde
Jason Wilde
14:14 20 May 19
These guys were absolutely amazing! They let us take as much time as we wanted at each stop and made it a really customized trip for whatever we wanted to do. Liz and Alex were very knowledgeable and made us feel like we were family! Definitely coming back to Crystal Charters!!read more
Parker_ o7
Parker_ o7
01:23 12 May 19
Amazing experience from Alex and Courtney. They really know the stingrays and gave us so much info. It wasn’t just a stop for us, we learned a lot about the stingrays and Grand Cayman too. The other boats just parked and the people swam around. Our guides were so knowledgeable! Highly recommend! Thanks Crystal Charters!!!read more

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