Grand Cayman Bonefish Fishing Charters

Grand Cayman Bonefish Fishing Charters

Best Bonefish Fishing Charters in Grand Cayman

Bonefish Fishing in Grand Cayman

Bonefish
  • Size 4 to 6lbs
  • Food Value None
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Flats, Backcountry, Inshore

(Albula vulpes)

The Bonefish in Grand Cayman will change everything you thought you knew about this coveted catch. Not only are the specimens in these waters larger than average (ranging from 3-8 lbs), but they are also bolder. Whether fly fishing or spinning, you can enjoy great success while targeting Bonefish in Grand Cayman, so long as you master the proper technique!

When to Target Bonefish

In Grand Cayman, you are likely to catch Bonefish on any given day, but fishing in spring and summer happens to be especially good. These fish are surprisingly predictable, often appearing on the same flats with the same tides every day. Bonefish do not actually inhabit the flats of Grand Cayman, but dwell in the waters between the flats and nearshore reefs. If you plan to target Bonefish with spinning gear, this middle ground is the best place to fish. Hundreds of Bonefish (and other species) feed in this area, stirring up the water and creating a large, cloudy zone around them. Bonefish are not so easily spooked when you target them in these conditions. Casting a heavy bucktail jig tipped with shrimp is recommended.

The best time to target Bonefish on fly is when an inbound tide floods the shallows. The Bonefish follow the tide inshore to feed on shrimp and crabs along the bottom. You will see their tails flashing along the water’s surface as they root around for their prey. This presents the opportune moment for a gentle, accurate cast. Keep in mind that the Cayman flats are blanketed by thick grass, meaning your fly must land directly in front of the fish if it is to be seen.

How to Target Bonefish

The most common way to target Bonefish is by wade fishing the numerous flats all around Grand Cayman. It’s possible to target Bonefish in North Sound, South Sound, Frank Sound, Prospect Point, East End, West Bay, and even along Seven Mile Beach. You will find plenty of Grand Cayman fishing charters which offer guided wade fishing in a variety of locations. 

Contrary to most of the Bahamas, the flats in Grand Cayman are covered in a thick layer of turtle grass. (Rum Point is the sandiest of the flats, but you will not find Bonefish tailing here as often.) This calls for some subtle adjustments when casting flies, which visiting anglers tend to overlook. Above all, accurate casting is key. This is especially true in Grand Cayman because the thick grass limits your target’s field of vision. Your fly must land directly in front of a Bonefish, or else he isn’t going to bite. Patience is equally important—be sure your target sees the fly, then give him time to bite it. Stripping too soon and too fast is the biggest mistake visiting anglers make. Small strips of only several inches will give you the proper start.

When fly fishing for Bonefish in Grand Cayman, be sure to use lightly weighted flies. You will also want to use long leaders with a gentle turn-over in addition to implementing weed guards. You can still rely on the usual patterns, such as Gotchas and Crazy Charlies. Using tan or brown shrimp and crab should work well, too. Some local anglers have great success using bright colors such as pink and orange.

Please note that fishing for Bonefish in Grand Cayman is usually catch and release. You do not need a fishing license for wade or shore fishing unless you intend to keep your catch.

Grand Cayman Bonefish Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Bonefish fishing in Grand Cayman varies slightly throughout the year. High season is May to July. Low season is January to April and August to December. There is no closed season.
Grand Cayman
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 27,728 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Bonefish Fishing in Grand Cayman

We were lucky. The previous two days were bad for fishing. Summertime (off-season) isn’t the best time for fishing. You will have to be patient and hope that you have a great Captain like Andrew that just has that instinct to find them.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We were lucky. The previous two days were bad for fishing. Summertime (off-season) isn’t the best time for fishing. You will have to be patient and hope that you have a great Captain like Andrew that just has that instinct to find them.
Jacob  J.
Jacob J. Roanoke, IN
July is a bit slower fishing, so I'd research the best time of year to fish for a better bite. Be prepared with your own snacks if you are particular, and definitely bring a UV dri-fit fishing shirt and a hat to protect you from the sun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
July is a bit slower fishing, so I'd research the best time of year to fish for a better bite. Be prepared with your own snacks if you are particular, and definitely bring a UV dri-fit fishing shirt and a hat to protect you from the sun.
Ryan  W.
Ryan W. Franklin, TN
In July- it was pretty hot, I suggest a boat with cover/shade. Most of the ride was calm but getting around the point had about 15 mins of rough waters- so if you get sickness- take Dramamine!! If taking kids- lots of suncreen and try to find a boat with a bathroom and shade because the slow ride out can get brutal from the sun. Overall- fishing was fun and got some good fish which we could recognize from prior snorkeling in the area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
In July- it was pretty hot, I suggest a boat with cover/shade. Most of the ride was calm but getting around the point had about 15 mins of rough waters- so if you get sickness- take Dramamine!! If taking kids- lots of suncreen and try to find a boat with a bathroom and shade because the slow ride out can get brutal from the sun. Overall- fishing was fun and got some good fish which we could recognize from prior snorkeling in the area.
Matt  H.
Matt H. Round Rock, TX
Captain Cody recommended November through March as the best fishing times. However, for July we did extremely well.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Cody recommended November through March as the best fishing times. However, for July we did extremely well.
David  M.
David M. Mount Pleasant, TX
Fishing in the caymans is terrific from the standpoint of you drop from 15ft to 1000ft in just a few minutes. You don’t travel far to get on large pelagic sea creatures.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing in the caymans is terrific from the standpoint of you drop from 15ft to 1000ft in just a few minutes. You don’t travel far to get on large pelagic sea creatures.
Jasen  W.
Jasen W. Atlanta, GA
A little slow this time of year inshore but everyday day is different so take a chance and go! If nothing else, the water is beautiful and the company is great!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
A little slow this time of year inshore but everyday day is different so take a chance and go! If nothing else, the water is beautiful and the company is great!
Lois  W.
Lois W. West Jefferson, NC
Just understand the weather doesn’t always cooperate. The chef at Tukka knows what he’s doing and you won’t be disappointed in the meal he prepares with your catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just understand the weather doesn’t always cooperate. The chef at Tukka knows what he’s doing and you won’t be disappointed in the meal he prepares with your catch.
Rich  R.
Rich R. Cypress, TX
May is a good month for fishing. The boat is comfortable with plenty of shade. Kids like to feed tarpon at the dock where the fish are cleaned. Sharks come in also. Good restaurants near the dock area. Finish a day of fishing with a good meal. Very accessible from the seven mile beach area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
May is a good month for fishing. The boat is comfortable with plenty of shade. Kids like to feed tarpon at the dock where the fish are cleaned. Sharks come in also. Good restaurants near the dock area. Finish a day of fishing with a good meal. Very accessible from the seven mile beach area.
Elizabeth  R.
Elizabeth R. Durham, North Carolina
Be sure to clarify exactly what to do when you get a fish on in terms of setting the hook and adjusting the real
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be sure to clarify exactly what to do when you get a fish on in terms of setting the hook and adjusting the real
Joe  K.
Joe K. George Town
A half day reef fishing trip is a great way to start. It’s not very far from shore and the water is beautiful. You’ll catch fish and have fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
A half day reef fishing trip is a great way to start. It’s not very far from shore and the water is beautiful. You’ll catch fish and have fun.
Jason  B.
Jason B. Union City, New Jersey
Be prepared for active seas and if you get sick put your patch on in advance and take your meds in advance as we did and you will be good.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for active seas and if you get sick put your patch on in advance and take your meds in advance as we did and you will be good.
Trebor  S.
Trebor S. LaPlace, LA
Check out the winds and water conditions for deep sea if you get sea sick at all:)
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check out the winds and water conditions for deep sea if you get sea sick at all:)
Joe  T.
Joe T. Westerville, OH
We didn’t catch the fish we hoped to but it is called “fishing” not catching!!! Not the captain and crews fault, just reality!
Excellent
4.3 / 5
We didn’t catch the fish we hoped to but it is called “fishing” not catching!!! Not the captain and crews fault, just reality!
Gracie  P.
Gracie P. George Town
Told the captain we had young kids, so catching a good amount of fish was the goal more than keepers. Mission accomplished, plus the boat ride was fun and fast.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Told the captain we had young kids, so catching a good amount of fish was the goal more than keepers. Mission accomplished, plus the boat ride was fun and fast.
John  C.
John C. Northbrook, IL
Lots of options; deep drop, reef, or blue water. Grand Cayman is unique in that it has access to the deepest water in the Caribbiean. Try to hit the tuna bite earlier than July to give you the best options for a big catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Lots of options; deep drop, reef, or blue water. Grand Cayman is unique in that it has access to the deepest water in the Caribbiean. Try to hit the tuna bite earlier than July to give you the best options for a big catch.
Lyles  B.
Lyles B. Winder, GA
Put sunscreen on before you get in the boat and dont forget your legs. Water can get rough farther out so take the less drowsy dramamine.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Put sunscreen on before you get in the boat and dont forget your legs. Water can get rough farther out so take the less drowsy dramamine.
Stacy  W.
Stacy W. Van Buren, AR
Beautiful weather! A bit rocky on the boat but with a little patience you will catch more fish than you expect!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Beautiful weather! A bit rocky on the boat but with a little patience you will catch more fish than you expect!
Gregg  C.
Gregg C. George Town
This year was better than expected. Many Wahoo were late to leave this year; making the trip that much more exciting :)
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This year was better than expected. Many Wahoo were late to leave this year; making the trip that much more exciting :)
Mike  P.
Mike P. George Town
Reef fishing is spectacular in Grand Cayman and you are all but assured bent rods and good eating. Mix that in with a trip to stingray city or snorkeling and it will make for an awesome day. We opted for an offshore trip and had a GREAT time. "Gunner" is an extremely well-equipped boat with the best tackle money can but (rare for a charter boat) with a top-notch crew that is both knowledgeable enough to impress an experienced angler and very kid-friendly. It is tough to find both.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Reef fishing is spectacular in Grand Cayman and you are all but assured bent rods and good eating. Mix that in with a trip to stingray city or snorkeling and it will make for an awesome day. We opted for an offshore trip and had a GREAT time. "Gunner" is an extremely well-equipped boat with the best tackle money can but (rare for a charter boat) with a top-notch crew that is both knowledgeable enough to impress an experienced angler and very kid-friendly. It is tough to find both.
Joseph  M.
Joseph M. George Town
Take a keen look at the winds and weather. Unusually strong winds of 20 knots prevented us from deep sea fishing, but nonetheless, had a great day of reef fishing with a good variety of fishing options... along with a final pull of a barracuda as we trolled back to harbor.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take a keen look at the winds and weather. Unusually strong winds of 20 knots prevented us from deep sea fishing, but nonetheless, had a great day of reef fishing with a good variety of fishing options... along with a final pull of a barracuda as we trolled back to harbor.
Hunter  K.
Hunter K. Cayman Islands