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Fishing in the Cayman Islands

For those of you that love to fish, the Cayman Islands offer some great fishing opportunities. The fishing in Cayman can be thrilling for both beginners and advanced fishermen. Much like people think of baseball as “America’s Pastime”, Caymanians think of fishing as their most popular sport. As a visitor to the island, you will have many different options for your special fishing experience. While every fishing charter company is slightly different, they all accomplish the same thing. The most popular fishing spots are in the North Sound off of Grand Cayman. There are two different types of fishing trips you can experience, reef fishing and deep sea fishing.

The only type of fishing I have ever done is reef fishing, simply because I don’t have the patience for deep-sea fishing. The nice thing about fishing along the reef is there are plenty of fish, which leads to a lot of action on the boat. There are many different types of fish you can catch in the shallow waters inside the reef. Some of these fish commonly include triggerfish, grunt fish, puffer fish, and red snapper. Reef fishing can be more exciting than deep sea fishing because fish are a lot more plentiful and you are certain to catch some fish. It is pretty neat to watch the locals use their extensive experience to outwit the fish.

Trigger Fish

Red Snapper

Another type of fishing is deep sea fishing, which is going “outside” the reef barrier and into the sea, where it drops from 10-20 feet to thousands of feet very quickly. Once outside the reef, it is not uncommon to catch wahoo, marlin, mahi mahi, and tuna. However, due to the depths of the water out here, it is a little more hit and miss. You could spend the entire day fishing and only catch a couple fish. However, catching a huge tuna could be pretty thrilling. It really is just a matter of preference.

Keep in mind that every time out could produce a different type of thrill. For example, while reef fishing one time, we were able to catch a 4 foot barracuda, which was quite the thrill. Most of the fish are good eating fish, including the barracuda. (An interesting note about the barracuda: In order to test if it is edible or poisonous, you place a chunk of it on the ground, if ants flock to it and eat it, it’s perfectly edible, if ants stay away from it, then you better stay away from it too.)

Barracuda being reeled in

Teeth of the barracuda

That is some good eating fish

The best part about the boat charters is they will clean up the fish into nice boneless filets for you to take back to your condo to fry, bake, or grill your very own ‘catch of the day”.


I’m not much of a fisherman back in the United States, but once in awhile I like to head out to the North Sound and see what we can catch. Nothing beats fishing in the hot sun of the Cayman Islands.



Is reef fishing better than deep sea fishing, and does reef fishing have big fish like tarpon,rooster fish, big snapper, and tuna.


I'm from New York so we catch big fish or we catch nothing.

C.J. Flamio

Beautiful pictures. It sure looks like you have had some great fishing trips on the ocean. I have always wanted to give it a try. Any suggestions on how to get started?

Oh wow. These fish looks beautiful and so tropical! I wonder how they taste like. I would love to grab the opportunity to fish there as well.

Fishing is my all time favourite activity. During the summer myself and my friends used to go fishing, now all of us are married so doing these things together is not often possible. I have heard fishing is fun in Cayman; I like to be there with my all friends, we will enjoy fishing and Cayman cigars.

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