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
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What anglers said about Bonefish Fishing in Grand Cayman

I have only fished West Bay once, so I don't feel I could recommend anything extra.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
I have only fished West Bay once, so I don't feel I could recommend anything extra.
Happy Day Charters
Happy Day Charters
If you enjoy fishing and want a deep sea experience, definitely book with Happy Days and Captain Bobby.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you enjoy fishing and want a deep sea experience, definitely book with Happy Days and Captain Bobby.
Happy Day Charters
Happy Day Charters
From what we understood, this was the off season. Of course we wanted to find something like a wahoo, marlin, or mahi but that wasn't in the cards. We did, however, get a good number of smallish black fin tuna which were delicious.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
From what we understood, this was the off season. Of course we wanted to find something like a wahoo, marlin, or mahi but that wasn't in the cards. We did, however, get a good number of smallish black fin tuna which were delicious.
Outcast Charters Cayman
Outcast Charters Cayman
Temps were very high for this time of year so the bite was slow, but we still caught some fish and had a great lunch
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Temps were very high for this time of year so the bite was slow, but we still caught some fish and had a great lunch
Outcast Charters Cayman
Outcast Charters Cayman
There is a potential to not catch anything. Just have to stay positive and patient and rely on the Captain experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
There is a potential to not catch anything. Just have to stay positive and patient and rely on the Captain experience.
Cayman Live Bait
Cayman Live Bait
I liked reef fishing get to run line out and feel the action on the pole, never know what will come up, triggers give a lot of fight for their size!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I liked reef fishing get to run line out and feel the action on the pole, never know what will come up, triggers give a lot of fight for their size!
Captain Mark Ebank's Charters
Captain Mark Ebank's Charters
We caught a skip jack (small tuna species) and a local restaurant made it into ceviche for us. I recommend listening to captain Bobby. If there is a fish to be caught out there, he will find it!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We caught a skip jack (small tuna species) and a local restaurant made it into ceviche for us. I recommend listening to captain Bobby. If there is a fish to be caught out there, he will find it!
Happy Day Charters
Happy Day Charters
It was a very windy day so not that great for the big fish....we also stayed near the reef.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was a very windy day so not that great for the big fish....we also stayed near the reef.
Jah Bless Charters
Jah Bless Charters
You will never take enough sunblock. Reapply more often than you think you need to!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You will never take enough sunblock. Reapply more often than you think you need to!
Outcast Charters Cayman
Outcast Charters Cayman
Capt took us to the east end of the island where the fish were. Bite was a little slow at first, but crew kept working and we landed a monster tuna. Kids loved every minute.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Capt took us to the east end of the island where the fish were. Bite was a little slow at first, but crew kept working and we landed a monster tuna. Kids loved every minute.
Jackson Watersports
Jackson Watersports
Kind of a slow fishing time of the year, so have fun in the reef or in the harbor, but don’t expect the big fish this time of year. Still a blast with a Captain like C!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Kind of a slow fishing time of the year, so have fun in the reef or in the harbor, but don’t expect the big fish this time of year. Still a blast with a Captain like C!!
Jah Bless Charters
Jah Bless Charters
Absolutely! Captain Nash was super professional and a local fisherman as well. He made our fishing adventures an amazing experience! Ryan & Jennifer
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Absolutely! Captain Nash was super professional and a local fisherman as well. He made our fishing adventures an amazing experience! Ryan & Jennifer
Reel Zion Cayman Boat Charters
Reel Zion Cayman Boat Charters
Be prepared to have to go through some choppy water to get to the leeward side of the island. Charters won’t go out if it is too rough but it can get bouncy on the windward side!
Very good
4.0 / 5
Be prepared to have to go through some choppy water to get to the leeward side of the island. Charters won’t go out if it is too rough but it can get bouncy on the windward side!
Jah Bless Charters
Jah Bless Charters
HIRE HIM, do not hesitate, he is AWESOME! You will truly enjoy your experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
HIRE HIM, do not hesitate, he is AWESOME! You will truly enjoy your experience.
Cayman Live Bait
Cayman Live Bait
You only have to travel 2 minutes to get to your deep sea action! Great views of the island while you are fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You only have to travel 2 minutes to get to your deep sea action! Great views of the island while you are fishing.
Reelistik Charters
Reelistik Charters
Weather was not cooperative, rough seas but Captain Bobby navigated to calmer seas for a enjoyable experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather was not cooperative, rough seas but Captain Bobby navigated to calmer seas for a enjoyable experience.
Happy Day Charters
Happy Day Charters
I did wish we caught more and a variety, but that's how fishing is at times. We faired better than others that didn't catch anything at all. So overall it was a great day. I highly recommend Andrew and Y-Knot
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I did wish we caught more and a variety, but that's how fishing is at times. We faired better than others that didn't catch anything at all. So overall it was a great day. I highly recommend Andrew and Y-Knot
Y-Knot Charters – 29' intrepid
Y-Knot Charters – 29' intrepid
You can’t always expect to catch something but this crew knows the best places that will increase your odds
Excellent
4.7 / 5
You can’t always expect to catch something but this crew knows the best places that will increase your odds
Y-Knot Charters – 38’
Y-Knot Charters – 38’
Yes! This was our first time deep sea fishing and Captain Steve was great.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes! This was our first time deep sea fishing and Captain Steve was great.
Reel Vibes Charters
Reel Vibes Charters
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.
Y-Knot Charters – 29' intrepid
Y-Knot Charters – 29' intrepid Roanoke, IN