Bonefishing on Little Cayman
I’ve fished on Grand Cayman for both bones and tarpon, but I’ve never made it over to Little Cayman. My friend Davin Ebanks (Fish Bones Guide Service) helped me with the Cayman section of my book where we make brief mention of Little Cayman. But for now, it’s just one of those places for me to put on the list. I can say this, the Caymans are a great destination if you are looking for a place to take the family or non-fishing partner. The beaches are fantastic, plenty to do and the fishing is good enough to keep even an avid angler happy.
Since I have not been there, we are fortunate that a subscriber has recently returned from Little Cayman and was kind enough to write up a “Guest Blog” ………….enjoy.
“Little Cayman: May 24-31, 2014
Our family recently returned from Little Cayman staying at the Southern Cross Club. My sons are 17 and 14 and we have done a few trips to Belize to focus on fly fishing as we are fairly new to the sport and enjoying some success to date. My oldest caught his first permit this past March out of San Pedro. We are certainly not at the DIY stage, but we love everything about the sport and have found the DIY website very useful. We are certified divers, but like fishing better, so when we were deciding about this trip with “momma” included, Little Cayman seemed like the perfect spot for everyone. And was it!
Before going, I did some research on this website and that of Davin Ebanks over in Grand Cayman. Little Cayman is about 80 miles east of Grand and is only 10 square miles with less than 200 year around residents. This is a “bucket list” place for divers which is great if you want to do both or simply have the fishing to yourself. I estimate there are about six dive resorts on the island with each holding 20-30 divers. We did two 2 tank dives and focused on fishing the rest of the time, except for one family snorkel outing on the east end. The island is ringed by a reef and the southern side beach flats are generally heavy in turtle grass. The exceptions are the area around Owen’s Island, just 500 yds from SCC and the east end of the island called Sandy Point. Little Cayman is actually a pretty good place for the DIY person as one can access all the fishing spots by car, bike, foot, or the kayaks offered at the SCC. I got to chase a lone permit right in front of the SCC jumping off the pier to do so. Got several good shots at him with no eats.
The beauty of this trip was the variety of fishing available. The SCC has a 24’ Pursuit and a skiff managed by guide Chris Gough who, as I said, was our personal guide for the week. I heard before leaving that a new blue water boat is on the way to SCC with a tuna tower. Chris gets so excited about fishing and has a stick mounted GoPro which he uses to shot videos of your fish in and out of the water. All four of us fished three half days in the blue water having success with Mahi and Black Fin Tuna. In the skiff, Chris took my youngest and myself out on the reef with light tackle and we had a blast catching barracuda which put on quite a show leaping into the air. Another unique offering is the tarpon lake which is truly landlocked, but has a thriving population of tarpon in the 5 to 15 pound range. Chris rowed us around with our 8 weights early two different mornings and my oldest caught his first tarpon with Chris getting the whole thing on video. One afternoon, we did wade the flat at Sandy Point and at another beach. My youngest had a bone on for a nice fight, but none landed. The bonefishing here is not easy, but very enjoyable. The east wind does allow you to walk the south beaches headed west. (morning or mid-day is best for sun)There are definitely bonefish here including permit. The day we got back Chris emailed me to tell me four Permit were tailing at the same spot in front of the resort with no one to cast at them.
We were quite busy on this trip getting up each day about 5:30 a.m. I regret we did not have enough time to do more bonefishing, but there are so many hours in the day. Little Cayman and the SCC is simply a great place for the active family. The chef and crew are Indian and you will not be disappointed. We called the kitchen from the boat to let them know fresh Mahi was on the way. While this trip was not the typical hardcore DIY adventure, you can really enjoy Little Cayman if you desire to mix things up in a remote but most comfortable locale.”
Thanks Sonny for a great report. Sounds like a fun vacation with the family.