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Old 01-12-2009, 02:14 PM   #1
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ok, I've got a destination wedding to attend coming up in early april. So, I've decided to make a trip out of it.

Anyone have any experience fishing here, any guide recomendations?

Advice good and bad?

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Old 01-12-2009, 02:22 PM   #2
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Not sure about the fishing but the scuba diving there is incredible. Are you planning to do any diving?
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Old 01-12-2009, 05:10 PM   #3
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in 2006, I chartered Phil Bodden of Melody Marine/Chip-Chip Charters for an early morning trip to feed the rays before all the tour boats arrived then reef fished. 3 kids, mother-in-law and wife had a great time. Very nice man. Boat (a 31' Tiara I think) a little worn but Captain Phil is a terrific guy. Heard is good with the offshore stuff too.

http://www.caymanislands.co.uk/vacat...aspx?pid=36191
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I fished with Dwight Bodden on his 31' Jamaican Canoe (looked like a contender row boat) about 7 years ago. It was primitive but a great experience. We went out past the reef (about a mile) and drift fished for about 3 hours. Caught 4 football Yellowfin, a very large cuda, a peanut dolphin and had a huge marlin chase my Yellowfin to the surface. I was fishing with a penn 30T with about half a spool of line on it and figured there was no way I was going to do battle with that big Blue on that gear.
He brought me back in, cut me a slab of tuna and shared some of his local rum to celebrate the catch. Great time and still one of my more memorable fishing trips.

He lives on the east end of the island so ask around out there I am sure he is still around.
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Old 01-13-2009, 08:23 PM   #5
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Not sure if he is still around, but ask for Hevard Smith on the Caymen Sunset. A real Gentleman, especially if you have the wife aboard. It was a 38 Bert.
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Old 01-14-2009, 11:56 AM   #6
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My parents lived there for 15 years and I fished with my father for two weeks every year. Three go to baits are:
1) 2 deep rods with Mann Stretch 25 and/or 30s trolled 4 to 6 knots
2) 2 close(second wake) rods with small Islander blue and white rigged horse ballyhoo (single hook) - make sure they run straight
3) C&H KingBuster Skirt; 2x1/2 oz inline egg sinkers before the swivel, 3' of wire kingbuster skirt and a 3 or 4/0 hook. This never fails to catch small tuna when fished of Black bottom (Morritts Tortuga Club).

Man, I really miss that place. shoot me a bmail if you want more info.
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Morritts Tortuga Club is where we were staying and we fished outside the reef in front of the resort. Love the Caymans!
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Old 01-14-2009, 04:40 PM   #8
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I have been on two different charters in the fall on two different boats. Don't remember the name of the outfits. We caught a few small blackfin on one trip and came up blank on the second. Both times the seas were unreal- The largest swells that I have been in in a boat. Needless to say both trips were pretty rough & spendy.

Absolutely love the Caymans. Have been to Grand Cayman 4 or 5 times in the last couple of years. Great snorkeling and diving right off the beach, ask your hotel concierge for a dive map and bring your own snorkel gear. Great food - expensive. Great beaches. Have a good time.
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Old 01-15-2009, 06:33 AM   #9
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I brought some light tackle and found a flat I could wade from shore. Saw some bonefish. Could not get them to eat.
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Be sure to drink some stingray beer!
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My brother lives there (25yrs). www.caymanmarinelab.com
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Old 02-19-2009, 06:14 AM   #13
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I am born and raised in cayman. there are a lot of good charters out there.
This is my brother in law and he is a very good captain.
http://www.caribbeanedge.com/cayman_...in_asleys.html
This time of year the wahoo and tuna bite is really good. around march and april the dolphin bite picks up.
http://www.reeleseacharters.com/

if you can afford it you might be able to book a trip to Pickle Bank (84 mile trip) or 60 Mile Bank. over the weekend one boat had 14 wahoo and lost 7 or 8.

my number is 3459167187 if you need more info.
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Here is another option. We stayed at the reef resort last month with some friends. Offshore looked hit or miss and was rough from the wind. Concierge recommended a local beach he fished at just up the road. It is called barefoot beach. My buddy and I went into town and bought some cheezy okuma spinning combos and used frozen squid and were set to get skunked. Found this beach, just a hole through some scrub bushes. Beach was absolutely awesome but full of trash. Started fishing at first light. As soon as sun was up about an hour we both hooked up on bonefish, yes bonefish. First one i have ever caught, cheezy rod, squid and all. Thats all we got that day. Next time we went, same time. My friend has not fished much at all. All of a sudden a bunch of baitfish swam right through his legs jumping all over the place. He was totally freaked, they headed my way so I started jigging the squid and hooked up with and amberjack. Several good runs in the surf. I also caught a snapper of some variety looked like a mutton snapper from my Florida days. It was one of those awesome fishing experiences that came out of nowhere. My buddy is hooked. Took both rod and reel combos back to Seattle. Good luck, no license required but you cannot keep the fish. Only locals can keep the fish. Booze and Chow are EXPENSIVE!!!!
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I fished with Dwight Bodden on his 31' Jamaican Canoe (looked like a contender row boat) about 7 years ago. It was primitive but a great experience. We went out past the reef (about a mile) and drift fished for about 3 hours. Caught 4 football Yellowfin, a very large cuda, a peanut dolphin and had a huge marlin chase my Yellowfin to the surface. I was fishing with a penn 30T with about half a spool of line on it and figured there was no way I was going to do battle with that big Blue on that gear.
He brought me back in, cut me a slab of tuna and shared some of his local rum to celebrate the catch. Great time and still one of my more memorable fishing trips.

He lives on the east end of the island so ask around out there I am sure he is still around.
Going early tomorrow with Dwight. Will let you guys know how it went.
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Like that? Bumped a post from 09! Let's see how tomorrow's fishing is.
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