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!
What are Conch?
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?
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!
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!
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.
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!