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Private Boat Charter Adventures in the Cayman Islands

Reef Fishing.

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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


Kari Bohl
Kari Bohl
00:41 15 Jan 20
Nothing short of perfect! Kristie was so helpful in booking our boat ride. Cass and Alex were so much fun we didn't want the day to end! Thank you for a truly memorable day!
Lauren Robinson
Lauren Robinson
23:40 08 Jan 20
Crystal Charters provided my family with a beautiful and memorable experience. The staff was beyond knowledgeable and went out of their way to make our children’s time on the boat magical. They... even worked with our son to reel in a fish. We were not only shown amazing sights, but Vernon and Serena knew everything there was to know about the sea life and the best spots for viewing them. We would highly recommend Crystal Charters.read more
Christina Larson
Christina Larson
14:41 31 Dec 19
We had an amazing day with Crystal Charters. Captain Benji and Cass were fabulous! We went to a reef to snorkel, starfish point and to Sting Ray city. They were so educational and hands on with... us during this excursion. I cannot recommend this charter enough. We will be using them again in our next adventure in Grand Cayman when that happens. Thanks for a great day on the boat!read more
Rachel Espinosa
Rachel Espinosa
21:22 09 Dec 19
We had an AMAZING trip with Crystal Charters!!!! The two captains we had, Matthew and Hunter, were very professional and patient with our group. They made sure that we were able to do all of the... things we wanted to and were very helpful with the stingrays and snorkeling. The booking process was very smooth as well. We were on the WorldCat boat and it was gorgeous - incredibly clean and comfortable. We had six in our group but could easily have had a few more and still been comfortable. I would highly recommend Crystal Charters!!! You will not regret it, our entire group said it was the best six hours we spent on the island!read more
Brittany Barton
Brittany Barton
22:46 25 Nov 19
What an amazing day! We decided to book a 4 hour charter while on the Disney Wonder to avoid the typical excursion crowds and couldn't have been happier! Alex and Kass were exceptional guides and... made the most of every minute we were there. The time we spent with the stingrays was awesome. Most of the tour boats had 50-100 passengers, all waiting to see the rays with their guides while Alex and Kass just kept finding more stingrays to bring over to the four of us. Then, while snorkeling, there was only one other small boat nearby. Kass went the extra mile entertaining our youngest daughter on the back of the boat by feeding the fish and finding conchs once she tired of snorkeling. I would recommend Crystal Charters to anyone going to Grand Cayman and we'll be using them again in the future!read more
Tom Hurlbut
Tom Hurlbut
00:28 22 Nov 19
Captain Benjie and crew, Shirley and Alex, were knowledgeable and went above and beyond to make sure our trip was everything we could have hoped for. The boat was comfortable, the snorkeling was... beautiful and the visit to stingray city was superb. Definitely do the bioluminescent bay experience too...amazing! We had such a good time with them, we chartered the next day to try some fishing. While we didn’t catch any record-breakers, the day on the water with their hospitality and knowledge was everything we could gave asked for! Many thanks for the great experiences and we hope to see you again!read more

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