FISH SPECIES- TECHNIQUES & GEAR
Reef "Bottom fishing" is done primarily using chunks of dead bait sent down on a weighted hook when anchored down or at a mooring nearby a reef structure. Alternatively, artificial lures can be used and a slow troll across these reefs can pick up the fishes attention. Read below to see some of the many different species that can be caught along the reefs.
Edible fish large enough to to pass size limits from local fishing restrictions can be kept and the rest are catch and release.
In season, there is opportunity to dive for lobster and conch.
Snapper are our target species on the reef. They put up an impressive fight and their meat is delicious. We can find impressive sized Mutton Snappers in these waters particularly in winter and spring months.
Yellowtails are found in schools around Cayman's shallow reefs.
A variety of spices of grunts are commonly found in the shallows, such as the white grunt, french grunt, and striped grunt.
A variety of Jack fish species also be found in Cayman's shallow waters such as the blue runner, bar jack, horse-eye, and almaco. These jacks are all fierce fighters and great fun to tackle.
Parrot Fish comprise of a group of more than 95 species. In Cayman, we commonly find the queen, spotlight, and princess parrot fish. Known to be some of the most vibrant colored reef fish.
The Bermuda Chub is commonly found in our reef areas in large schools. These fish can feed aggressively making fishing for them very interactive.
Baracudas can be caught everywhere around Cayman, from in the canals, to the shallow reefs, to the deep sea.
Cayman Conch Season is between the 1st of November to the 31st of April. During the open season, the law limits fishing in designated zones- 5 conchs per person/ per day, or 10 conchs per boat.
Cayman Lobster Season is between the 1st of December to the 28th of February. During the open season, the law limitations are- 3 lobster per person or six per boat/ day.