Fishing in the Cayman Islands

Fishing in the Cayman Islands

You don't have to wander far from any of the three Cayman Islands for a rewarding fishing experience. Just about a quarter mile from the shores of the Islands there is a sharp drop in the ocean floor to a depth of several thousand feet where huge migratory fish can be found. It is every angler's dream come through and a very good reason to include the Cayman Islands in your fishing expedition travel plans.

It is worth the trip to the Cayman Islands even if just for the fishing experience. The Cayman Islands is located in the Western Caribbean Sea and is made up of three Islands Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.  These islands are peaks of a huge underwater ridge called the Cayman Rise or Cayman Ridge. Since water temperatures vary only slightly throughout the year in the Cayman Islands, anytime is a good time to fish there. Big gamefish like yellowfin tuna, dolphin, blue marlin, barracuda and wahoo are found in the waters all year round. However, your tour guide can tell you when it is the best time of the year to catch specific type of fish.

Tarpon and Bonefish

For excellent bonefishing in Grand Cayman, try fishing off the Seven Mile Beach or the shallow flats of Frank Sound, North Sound and South Sound, or, in the costal flats of Little Cayman. There is an abundance of tarpon in the mosquito control canals or dykes and the brackish ponds of Grand Cayman. Since marine conservation is important to the Cayman Islands, guides will regularly revive and release Tarpon and Bonefish.

Important fishing regulations

You are free to fish in the Cayman Islands as long as it is offshore, away from standing water, without a license. However, Visitors to the Islands are not allowed to fish from the shore or in standing water depth unless they have a fishing license. Line fishing from shore or in standing depth water is allowed provided that catch and release methods are used.  The lionfish population has grown significantly in recent years and is considered dangerous to the marine ecosystem. As a result you can obtain a license for catching lionfish after completing an Invasive Lionfish Tracker Course. The lionfish caught is usually sold to restaurants.  There are many regulations and marine rules that you should acquaint yourself with before fishing in The Cayman Islands.


If you are planning to do some flyfishing when you visit the Cayman Islands, you are well advised to bring your own equipment since this is a scarce commodity in these parts. However there are guides who are able to take you to the best flyfishing spots on the island. There are also a couple charters that specialize in flyfishing trips.

Fishing Tournaments

The Cayman Islands are well known for a number of world renowned tournaments throughout the year. Perhaps the most coveted one is the Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament scheduled for April 21-24 in 2016. Now is time to get your entries in for the tournament if you plan to participate. Other events include the Swordfish Challenge March 18 and 19 and The Bacadere Classics over 4 days in January.

There are guides and charters available for all your fishing needs and advice while in the Cayman Islands. So whatever your fishing desires and wants are, there are local resources available to help you make the most of your fishing adventures in the pristine waters of the Cayman Islands.

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