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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


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
Michael Kirchner
Michael Kirchner
20:47 15 Oct 19
We had a great day on the 45 foot boat with Sheldon and Mikey. We didn’t think we needed to feed the stingrays, but we had a great time there. Mikey introduced us to a stingray that he has been friends with for many years. We went snorkeling in several locations and saw beautiful fish and a moray eel. They also took us to Rum Point and Starfish Beach. They were very relaxed and not concerned about time. Sheldon was an excellent captain as well. Crystal Charters was very easy to work with. We highly recommend them.read more
Colleen Lex
Colleen Lex
16:55 01 Oct 19
What an amazing experience Crystal Charters, Captain Sheldon and crew provided for our group of 14. We booked directly through them instead of an excursion through the Disney cruise and it did not disappoint. We visited Stingray City, Star Fish Beach, coral reefs and a great local lunch spot. Sheldon had the forethought and experience to order our lunch prior to arrival so we didn't have to wait when we got to the beach restaurant, allowing us more time for our snorkeling experience. We had 8 children with us ages 6-14 and I was incredibly impressed with the level of attention the crew paid to ensuring their safety as well as a memorable experience. The crew was mindful of the well being of the environment, sting rays, reef and starfish as well, reminding the kids not to take starfish out of the water etc.. We had plenty of room on the boat, cold bottled water was provided and their was a small store at the marina where we were able to purchase some snacks and adult beverages which we were invited to bring on board. The charter also provided squid to feed the stingray and showed us how to properly do so. They created a lifetime of wonderful memories for our families. I would recommend this charter for adult groups or families!read more
Kelly Lynch
Kelly Lynch
22:21 27 Aug 19
The 1st time we took this leg of the Disney Cruise 2 years ago, we opted to find our own charter options vs. going with the Disney Cruise excursion options. We were lucky enough to find Chrystal Charters and they did not disappoint! This 2nd time we of course went back to Crystal Charters and had another great time. Our guide Duncan and his 1st mate Cassie were AWESOME!!! We had a great time the the stingrays and starfish and they took us to a great local place for lunch. Thank you Crystal Charters for a great time in the Caymans! You're the BEST!read more
Lois Robbins
Lois Robbins
01:12 27 Aug 19
Crystal Charters is awesome!!! On a recent trip to Grand Cayman we booked a half day Excursion with Crystal Charters. The crew was amazing! There were 15 of us including children. They made sure all of us had everything we needed. They took us to Stingray city and then on to snorkel.. our day could not have been betterread more
Krystal Dry
Krystal Dry
18:42 24 Aug 19
We had a great 4 hour tour with Duncan and Cass that was fun for everyone in our group - from ages 3 to grandparents. First we went to Stingray City and played with the gentle giants, then we were off to a beautiful beach for lunch, then off to see and hold the starfish. Even though we didn’t have the best weather, we had a GREAT time, and highly recommend this company to anyone.read more

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