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Private Boat Charters in the Cayman Islands

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If you can catch it… we can cook it!

Cayman Crystal Charters fishingIf you love to fish, Grand Cayman is a great destination to test your talent. Ask us to trawl on our way out or back in again, to see if we can catch a mackerel or even a barracuda!

If your kids love to fish, we can anchor off and do some catch and release reef fishing. Here you can catch everything from Horse-Eye Jacks to Yellowtail Snappers and everything in between. We provide all the fishing gear necessary but please ask beforehand so we can prepare accordingly.

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?

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!

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


Yvonne Cumpian
Yvonne Cumpian
15:35 06 Aug 20
My husband and I, along with another couple used Crystal Charters highly recommended by my brother!! This was the best private charter and the captain we had was Canyon; he and his partner were... amazing!!read more
Crystal Lynch
Crystal Lynch
00:59 28 Apr 20
From our initial phone call inquiring about services to coordinate with our cruise ship arrival to our actual boating day, Crystal Charters provided all around top notch service. Alex and Ricky made... our 4 hour outing one to remember. Our family of 3, including our young daughter, were made to feel in good hands especially in the middle of a sudden rain storm on our way to Sting Ray Point. We realized once at Sting Ray Point that we had a special crew when they would find sting rays and bring them to us to enjoy and hold. Other charter groups were left on their own and it was clear while a fun experience for those groups, our experience was a bit more special.Thank you Crystal Charters! We are counting the days until our return to Grand Cayman and another Crystal Charters outing.read more
J Houston
J Houston
19:28 16 Mar 20
From booking the boat charter to the end of the boating day, very professional crew. We had a great day with the crew, Hunter and Serena. They made us fell right at home and planned out our day of... adventures on the boat to perfection.Even though the day was a little windy, Hunter re-worked our boating events so that we could enjoy the day with limited wind issues.The best part of the day with swimming with the String rays, Hunter was very knowledgeable about the rays and helped us feel comfortable handling them.After 6 hours on the boat, we ended the day with a great meal, also a suggestion from Hunter.Will we being doing this again with Crystal Chapter, a definite Yes. Be sure to request Hunter and Serena, too.read more
J Houston
J Houston
19:28 16 Mar 20
From booking the boat charter to the end of the boating day, very professional crew.We had a great day with the crew, Hunter and Serena.They made us fell right at home and planned out our day of... adventures on the boat to perfection.Even though the day was a little windy, Hunter re-worked our boating events so that we couldenjoy the day with limited wind issues.The best part of the day with swimming with the String rays, Hunter was very knowledgeable about the rays and helped us feel comfortable handling them.After 6 hours on the boat, we ended the day with a great meal, also a suggestion from Hunter.Will we being doing this again with Crystal Chapter, a definite Yes. Be sure to request Hunter and Serena, too.read more
Christine Levin
Christine Levin
02:19 29 Feb 20
This was my second experience and they have persistently amazed me. The first was with all adults but this was with my 8 month old son. As a family experience or adults only, the charter was... incredible. From their quick responses to my email questions about accommodations for my little one to the hand tailored experience we were all so impressed. Our latest crew (Alex and Serena) were professional, fun, and knowledgeable. We went to sting ray city, star fish point and had an amazing time snorkeling. We left with wonderful memories and professional photos to remember the experience. Will definitely be booking again. Hats off to this group!read more
Melissa Melvin
Melissa Melvin
18:44 20 Feb 20
Cass and Vernon were AMAZING !! This is our 3rd year with Crysta Charters and each year is better and different than the others. They are kind, courteous, outstanding customer service, cater time... your every need! Each year the guides know the stingrays by name they keep away from the crowds and we have a BLAST!!Can't wait for next year!!! ❤️read more

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