The East End fishing community is proud of its fishing heritage.
In Cayman’s earlier days, equipment was scarce and fishermen made their own nets and built and repaired their own boats. Fishing was about survival and community. Some still carry on the fishing tradition by passing it along to the younger generations.
In years gone by, some of the men would go as far as 12 Mile Bank, due west of Grand Cayman, and other favorite fishing spots to bring back their catch, but in recent years, Cayman’s fishermen have dwindled in number as fishing is not as popular or necessary as it was back then.
Keeping up traditions, East End net maker Jeralow Rankine is still teaching the youth of Cayman the fine art of knitting a “seine” fish net, and giving them a hands-on experience of how it is done at many cultural events and schools around Cayman.
The fishing community was also famous for finding groupers. When groupers were in season, fishermen such as Mr. Rankine would head out to Coxswain Bank to get a boatload of the fish to make a favorite meal – fish rundown, a dish with pumpkin, cassava, breadfruit and sweet potatoes, cooked together in coconut milk.