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Rum Cay Fishing

Rum Cay Fishing

Apr 13, 2023

Margaret Adams

Rum Cay is a small island in the Bahamas, located in the southeastern part of the country. It is situated about 20 miles (32 km) east of the larger island of Long Island and is part of the Ragged Island chain. Rum Cay is known for its fishing opportunities. The surrounding waters are swarming with a ton of fish species, like bonefish, tarpon, snapper, grouper, and tuna, among others. There are also many experienced fishing guides on the island who can take visitors out on fishing trips. In addition to traditional fishing, Rum Cay is also a great destination for spearfishing and fly-fishing. Regardless of your experience level, Rum Cay offers plenty of opportunities to catch a variety of fish species.


map of the bahamas with Rum Cay highlighted in yellow with a blue box outlining the area

Types of Fish you can catch in Rum Cay 

Whether you prefer deep-sea fishing or fly-fishing in the shallow waters, there is something for everyone in Rum Cay. Some of the most common fish species found in the waters surrounding Rum Cay include tuna, wahoo, mahi-mahi, and billfish like marlin and sailfish. These fish are usually found in the deeper waters around the island, and as for the shallower waters, bonefish a popular target. Other reef fish like snapper, grouper, and triggerfish are also everywhere around the island and can be caught using bait or lures.


Best Fishing Spots in Rum Cay

Rum Cay boasts a variety of awesome fishing spots, with each providing a unique experience. Belo, we’ve listed a few of the most popular spots for fishing (in no particular order):


  1. The Drop-Off: A popular spot for deep-sea fishing, known for its abundance of tuna, wahoo, and billfish.


  1. Conch Cut: Conch cut is a channel that separates Rum Cay from neighboring Conception Island and is a great spot for bonefishing. The channel is shallow and sandy, so bonefish can often be seen tailing in the shallow waters.


  1. Fish Cays: Located just south of Rum Cay, Fish Cays is a group of small islands surrounded by crystal-clear waters. This area is known for its snorkeling and fishing, and has plenty of opportunities to catch snapper, grouper, and other reef fish


  1. The Wall: Located on the eastern side of the island, The Wall is a popular spot for deep-sea fishing and is known for its abundance of tuna, mahi-mahi, and billfish. The Wall is also known for its steep drop-off, with the ocean floor dropping to depths of over 6,000 feet.


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Best Times of Year for Fishing in Rum Cay 

The best time for fishing in Rum Cay is during the summer months from May to August when the weather is calm, and the waters are warm. During this time you can find tuna, wahoo, mahi-mahi, and billfish in abundance.  The winter months from November to March can also be a good time for fishing, especially for bonefish and other species that live in the shallower waters. However, the weather during this time can be less predictable because of stronger winds and cooler temperatures. So, it’s always a good idea to check with local guides or tackle shops in Rum Cay to get up to date information on fishing conditions so you can plan your trip accordingly.

If you’re looking for the ultimate day of fishing in Rum Cay, you should definitely look into booking a charter. A highly reviewed charter we want to recommend in the area is Over Under.