Captain
Zed Layson

Member since February 2014

St Michael, Barbados

Background
I have been fishing for years: I grew up as a spear fisherman and professional surfer and now I own and operate a successful surf school in Barbados. I started offering fishing trips as well as surfing a few years ago, partly because of the enjoyment it gives me, and also so that the guests staying at our apartments can get the taste of more adventurous activities.
Techniques
I like fishing for Wahoo and Mahi Mahi, either on the bar or offshore. Barracudas are fun too when the Wahoo aren't biting. I recently got into Marlin fishing and it is slowly taking over as my favourite.

Hey, I'm Captain Zed Layson

St Michael, Barbados
Background
I have been fishing for years: I grew up as a spear fisherman and professional surfer and now I own and operate a successful surf school in Barbados. I started offering fishing trips as well as surfing a few years ago, partly because of the enjoyment it gives me, and also so that the guests staying at our apartments can get the taste of more adventurous activities.
Techniques
I like fishing for Wahoo and Mahi Mahi, either on the bar or offshore. Barracudas are fun too when the Wahoo aren't biting. I recently got into Marlin fishing and it is slowly taking over as my favourite.

My Charter Listings

St Michael
trips from
US$ 150
Bridgetown
trips from
US$ 500

Fishing Reports

Wahoo on the spear

November 17, 2016

Quted by client My first #wahoowednesday from my trip last week with @miss_rachel_o to Barbados. Alex was an amazing guide and Captain Zed put us right on the fish! I took a drop to about 45' and this wahoo… Read Full Report →


Just another Wahoo day today

November 14, 2016

We teamed up with Spearfishing Barbados today to find wahoo for clients who wished to spearfish a wahoo. We left at 7 am from the bridgetown marina, Our goal today was to find wahoo as early as we can… Read Full Report →


Wahoo expedition

October 31, 2016

We had a Heavy task set for us today, i Partnered up with Alex Davis from Spearfishing Barbados to locate wahoo. The request was the young man wanted to spearfish a wahoo and the stepdad and the sons friend… Read Full Report →


Wahoo Today

October 27, 2016

Went out today with guests on board the Reel Crazy. Hooked up a nice Wahoo which was a screamer.... We lost 2 others , so things are starting to get busy on the coast... Read Full Report →


Half Day with Snorkelling included

May 23, 2016

Had a half day out with Guests staying at Surfers Point Guest House, we got 1 barracuda, then stopped for some snorkelling with sea Turtles, Awesome day. Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.82 out of 5 stars from 20 reviews

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Went fishing on Saturday, May 20, 2017

My wife and I had a trip out with these guys and I can’t recommend them enough. Although we didn’t catch many fish due to the conditions these guys were such great company which made the day so enjoyable for us.
Big thank you to Zed and Mario for giving us such a great day out.

Steve and Claire
P.s Thanks sugar ;-)

Fished May 2017

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Zed Layson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, May 20, 2017

Hard day out today, you guys made it a pleasure for us today, thank you for that….We managed the barracuda and the little tuna. Hopefully we can go out again sometime…

P.s i am going to have a word with Mario about this sugar thing…
Z

Went fishing on Thursday, March 30, 2017

Great day good fishing excellent results. The crew were skilled efficient & great fishermen.
Can highly recommend.
Kent Carter AUSTRALIA

Fished March 2017

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Zed Layson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, March 31, 2017

Thank you Kent, you and your wife were excellent guests on board. We hope to see you again sometime in the future.. Hope the Mahi was lovely on the plate.

Regards

Zed


Went fishing on Friday, March 24, 2017

The smaller boat was absolutely perfect for two avid anglers. The crew were extremely knowledgable and helpful and Captain Zed was a delight to deal with in setting up the charter. We caught fish and had a great deal of fun too. Highly recommended!!

Fished March 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, March 13, 2017

I was taken out by Zed and Robert and from the off they made me feel comfortable .The sea was pretty bumpy and happily it turned out that I was a “good sailor”. Throughout they tried every which way to get me a fish. In the event we ended up with two smallish barracuda . For some one more used to brown trout and grayling in North Yorkshire this was a new and thoroughly enjoyable experience and there cannot be a more pleasant captain and mate.

Fished March 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Fished March 2017

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Zed Layson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Thanks for your review david. we go the extra mile to put a fish on for you. Hopefully we get them next time.

zed

Went fishing on Tuesday, March 7, 2017

This was a trip to be ticked off of the bucket list and at $810 (barbadon) was a pricey one for two.
The boat was a similar size to our own river cruiser and we see of at 8.00 we did say that my partner suffered sea sickness and that he had taken tablets - so the captain said would go to calm waters to catch and then see how we got on - we however went to open water with 25 ft swell and waves it was so rough - having taken 2hours to get out this far - my partner was feeling sick - so he offered to go calmer waters - another 90 mins (not caught anything) - I should say at this point he offered us the half day trip but we had already been out for so long without catching that we decided to carry on - he headed back to rougher sea - we caught one 8lb wahoo - in the whole eight hours . Research your trip as we both imagined you would anchor at some point at sea and bait fish like they do in Asia - also on the whole day trip no lunch ( not that he would of eaten ) on the whole very disappointing oh and if your female and using on board toilet in rough seas that’s an experience with little privacy and highly amusing trying to pull your pants up! Shame as Robert and Zed nice guys - just didn’t tick the right boxes - couldn’t upload pics as boat and us were so wet couldn’t use camera

Samantha Peverley does not recommend Reel Crazy Charters

Fished March 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, February 20, 2017

Great trip no fish we were on the back side of the full moon.

Fished February 2017

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Zed Layson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, February 24, 2017

Hi Matt, Thanks for coming with us… it was great meeting you guys. hopefully i get up your side to see what you guys do up there.

Zed

Went fishing on Monday, February 6, 2017

Highly suitable for the avid fisherman. They work hard at the targeted fish. A great experience.

Fished February 2017

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Zed Layson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Thank you mark. Crew had a good time with you. Pity none of those marlin stuck today or we would have had an epic time.
Good day none the less…..
Zed

Went fishing on Friday, January 27, 2017

Fished January 2017

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Zed Layson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, January 29, 2017

Thank Ken, Glad we got that Wahoo for you, hope to see you again soon.

Zed

Went fishing on Monday, January 23, 2017

My husband and his friend spent 4 hours from 1pm on boat and cought two baracudas. The service was excellent and friendly. We could recommended as it was reasonable price compare with others who tried to overcharge us. Thank you

Fished January 2017

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Zed Layson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Thanks you Jana for your kind review, we do try our best each time we are out. We managed to get some action for your husband and his friend, 1 nice wahoo and 1 barracuda… Hope the wahoo tasted nice on the grill.

Take care and have a nice vacation…

Zed

Went fishing on Monday, January 23, 2017

This boat was great for a couple of people but would be crowded with more, also very reasonable price.  They are getting a new bigger boat which will be great for families or more than a couple of people.
We caught barracudas and Wahoo. Zed and Robert are great at making sure you catch your fish and were both fun to be around.

Fished January 2017

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Zed Layson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Thank you so much Colleen and Greg.
Hope you have a great time on the rest of your vacation.

See you again soon On the New addition…

Zed

Went fishing on Tuesday, December 27, 2016

I was looking for a private charter for myself as I wasn’t with a group of friends that wanted to go fishing and I didn’t want to end up on a charter with a bunch of people I would have to take turns with once we got a bite!

As it turned out I managed to persuade my 2 (non fishing) siblings to join…. and made for an awesome fishing trip…..

Zed and Robert are the 2 guys you want to go fishing with….bar none! Bajan born and bred, a lot of fun, super knowledgeable and will provide all the entertainment you need…

They were also really conscious of everyone’s level of “sea legs”... and happy to adapt the trip to accommodate.

They knew I was really keen to get a Wahoo, and in not the best conditions they went above and beyond to make sure I got one!!!!

Thanks again guys! I’ll be back for sure.

Ian

Fished December 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, December 24, 2016

Zed & Rob gave us all a fantastic days fishing and a unique Christmas dinner the following day.  Highly recommended. Thanks guys, this was the highlight of our holiday!! :)

Fished December 2016

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Zed Layson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, January 2, 2017

Thank you Rob, it was a good treat for us to have you and your father on board… Happy New year and look forward to seeing you next year.

Zed

Went fishing on Tuesday, December 13, 2016

If you’re into your fishing (or not) then Reel Crazy and crew are what you’re looking for. The boat is well equipped and Zed and Robert were helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. They made sure that they knew our own history on boats and fishing experience so they could see what areas of the sea were best for us and for the fish we were looking to catch. Definitely recommended, would book again any day!

Fished December 2016

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Zed Layson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, December 15, 2016

Thank you Llwyd. We had fun fishing with you and Maddie. We got that mahi you asked for and we fished hard for the wahoo. Hopefully next time we will score that one. Thanks again for choosing Reel Crazy to fish with.

Zed


Went fishing on Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Well we arrived at Bridgetown marina to fish with Zed and Rob on the boat Reel Crazy,
Having fished all over the world on many different boats,I can honestly say it’s not the size of the boat that catches fish,it’s more about the knowledge and ability of the skipper and crew.
I can’t wait to fish with Zed again…we all had a Great time even the non fishing members of the party as it were…..
Let me assure You being a avid and passionate angler,i like to take my own tackle,but what with luggage penalties,decided to only take beach equipment.
I can say when you make a reservation with Zed you will not need to take boat gear.
All of his rods and reels are in tip top condition,with a good selection of various rods and reels suited to each target species.
What’s more he offers a surf school for surfing tuition and memorable turtle snorkelling.
A great guy I look forward to fishing again with him next year.

Fished November 2016

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Zed Layson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Thank you for your kind review Noel…. Hopefully see you back in march or april and we can get some offshore game on. Say hey to the guys….

Zed

Went fishing on Monday, November 14, 2016

My first #wahoowednesday from my trip last week with @miss_rachel_o to Barbados. Within 30 minutes Capt Zed has us hooked up on a 40# monster wahoo on rod and reel. We fought it for about 30 minutes and got one in the box early! Then it was time to jump in, Alex was an amazing guide and Captain Zed put us right on the fish! I took a drop to about 45’ and this wahoo came right in range. I lined up my 120 roller and let it fly! Within 30 seconds I was almost completely spooled with only 6” of line left! I was able to fight it up after about 10 minutes and get it into my hands. It is truly a moment I will never forget as this was a true bucket list fish for me! We enjoyed the fish over the next few days with friends new and old. So thankful!

Fished November 2016

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Zed Layson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Thanks Mike, that was a real adventure and i loved every minute of it…Loved your battle cry when you successfully got that Wahoo up.

Good one and look forward to having you onboard with Alex again.

Zed


Went fishing on Saturday, October 29, 2016

We would recommend Zed and his team to anyone interested in a great day out. Zed and Rob were professional and fun throughout, the equipment was spot on and their knowledge fantastic, which all served to give us a great fishing experience. Thanks again guys and we look forward to seeing you again very soon!

Fished October 2016

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Replied to this review on Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Thank you Robert, We had a good time with you guys on the water….Cudas were all on tap for the day and we had fun with them. Hopefully see you surfing this week, if not have a safe trip home and we see you again one day..

Went fishing on Tuesday, October 18, 2016

We recently returned from Barbados, October 2016 and really wanted to try deep sea fishing. My wife booked the trip via this website and boy did choose the best one. I went with a friend and my father in law who may I add is 77 yrs young. From the moment we got on board the needs of my father in law were taken care of, Zed ensured he was safe and would enjoy this experience.
It took a while for a bite and was even asked if we had to be back for a certain time as Zed does not like going back to shore without a catch. Would you believe my father in law caught the 1st and biggest catch of the day, 5lb Tuna- a very happy man. We also caught other fish and had the most amazing time. Warn out, it’s a pretty tiring sport, we came back to our villa with the Tuna who we named Bob- he was very tasty.
I would highly recommend using Zed, professional, knowledgeable, friendly and above all ensured our 1st fishing trip was a success.
Thanks Zed, see you next year, next time with the wife on Reel Crazy!!

David
apologies if I got the names of the fish wrong.

Fished October 2016

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Zed Layson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Thanks for the review David, I am really grateful that your wife chose us and we look forward to having you on the Reel Crazy next time.
I know that you would have enjoyed that Tuna.
Please pass on my regards to David Snr… it was a pleasure to have him onboard.

Capt Z

Went fishing on Friday, January 30, 2015

I had a great time during the 3 days of fishing. The captain did their best even though the weather was not favorable.

The captain was great and the relief captain (Trevor) knew the waters very well and I enjoyed fishing with them both

I caught the smaller fish fishing with Capt Zed and the bigger one with Captain Trevor from Bad Habits. Zeds daughter was ill so he could not take Bob out, please mention to Trevor as well that I had a great time.

I am is a marine engineer and the boats were well looked after and maintained.

Fished January 2015

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Went fishing on Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Zed is great! The trip was perfect. I highly recommend this charter! I have been around the world fishing and used numerous Captains, Zed fits my idea of a casual hands on adventure perfectly.

Randall

Fished July 2014

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