Grand Cayman Bonefish Fishing Charters

Grand Cayman Bonefish Fishing Charters

Best Bonefish Fishing Charters in Grand Cayman

Bonefish Fishing in Grand Cayman

  • 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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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.
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Reviews of Fishing in Bonefish Fishing in Grand Cayman

Full Day with Real Esea
Gracie P. fished with ReelEsea Charters on February 10, 2020
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
We didn’t catch the fish we hoped to but it is called “fishing” not catching!!! Not the captain and crews fault, just reality!
2 hour trip
John C. fished with Stress Relief Charters – Dusky on December 8, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
July fishing trip
John M. fished with Stress Relief Charters – Dusky on July 31, 2019
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I would make sure the boat has live bait.
Full day trip to the Caymen Bank
Lyles B. fished with ReelEsea Charters on July 24, 2019
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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.
Fishing with Daniel
Harry G. fished with Outcast Charters Cayman on July 2, 2019
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Put a variety of bait and lures, see what they are hitting and work those.
Half Day Reef Fishing with Captain Stephen
Yvette M. fished with Reel Vibes Charters on June 14, 2019
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Be patient but the captain will find the fish.
Most knowledgeable captain!
Stacy W. fished with Captain Asley’s Watersports on May 26, 2019
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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.
Full day trip with Captain Nick on the GUNNER
Patrick P. fished with Get Bent Charters on May 23, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Do arm workout the week proceeding...especially the fore arms