Fishing in UAE

Dubai became a known destination for water sports and hosting one of the best sea fishing events in the world. Both surf fishing and deep sea fishing became quite popular in Dubai, particularly for those who love hunting or being close to the water.

Fishing is one of those recreational sports that you might either love or hate. It is not exactly a clean sport, but it is definitely not as dirty as hunting other types of animals. There are numerous places around the UAE where you can catch a variety of fish. If you are one to travel to other Emirates or Oman, you should read up on the regulations wherever you go. You should also find out about places where the fish should not be eaten or should only be eaten in limited quantities due to mercury poisoning.

Before you go out fishing, you will need to make sure that you have the right supplies and do not forget you will need your fishing license as well. If you travel, you will need to read up on where to get a license for that Emirate or country even if it is for a few days.

You are most likely fishing for fun and for food. Most people who go fishing like the taste of at least some types of fish. You do not really have to know much to catch a fish. Once you know the basics, you should be able to teach yourself more and more techniques. The main thing is to follow the laws and suggestions of the different locations and you should have a good time.

Whether you are a beginner or a professional angler, the warm Arabian Gulf waters are full of barracuda, sherry, Sultan Ibrahim, hammour, small shark, stingray, king fish and cobia. It’s no wonder that Dubai has become a favorite spot for fishing enthusiasts from around the region.

Let me remind you that you have to obey the rules below:
• Avoid fishing in public areas.
• Fishing with trawling nets, bottom setting nets, nets made of nylon material (nylon nets) or drift nets (Al Hayyal) regardless of the type, size or length of the nets used thereon is also prohibited.
• It is prohibited to catch crabs, squids, cattle fish, mussels and juvenile fishes.
• Fishing is prohibited in sanctuaries, swimming beaches, shipping areas and private places.
• There are number of fishing tour companies in UAE. They provide their own sports fishing boats, with professional captains manning the helm. Fishing equipment is also available. Certain fishing tour companies can organize additional activities, such as coastal cruising and water sport activities, and depending on the duration of the trip, may have light refreshments.
• Deep sea fishing trips in Dubai are dependent on weather conditions and are subject to Dubai Coast Guard approval. You will have to carry original passports with you, as per the Dubai Coastguard directive.

And here are my top 10 tips for fishing:
1. Having patience is important for fishing. Fishing is a sport of self-control and confidence and these come with experience catching fish. “The sea is the best teacher of an angler, it shapes attitude and defines determination, but most of all it teaches patience.”
2. The time of day or night that you choose to fish is another valuable tip. 30 minutes after sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset are the best times. And don’t forget the same holds true for moonrise and moonset.
3. Location is the best tip that can make you productive, fish cover such as vegetation and submerged wood in shallow water and structure like humps, rocks and points in deep water. Following the forage is a key to catching game fish.
4. Know the fish that you are pursuing. Understand their habits, diet, and biology. Remember the three “R’s”, Read, Research and Record data in a journal.
5. Water clarity and lure color- dark water = bright color, Clear water= natural colors. Dark sky= Dark Colors, light sky = lighter colors. Also keep in mind that color changes in deeper depths with red being the first to fade. All colors end up black or white in deep water.
6. Use good gear, quality line and hooks produce. Your gear doesn’t have to be the most expensive but with fishing gear I have learned that there is some truth to the phrase, “you get what you pay for”.
7. Obey laws and regulations and be responsible with your creel. Practice catch and release. Sew a seed for the future.
8. Share the fishing experience with others and take others new to fishing with you! Offer a day in your boat to an angler on the bank, I promise you will be glad you did, and you may learn something.
9. Tie good knots, retie often and sharpen hooks every few fish with a good file.
10. Always be safe on the water. The USCG reports of 4,730 boating incidents last year 3,358 boaters were reported injured, and 736 died. Among those who drowned, 9 out of 10 were not wearing PDF’s. Drowning caused 72% of the boating fatalities. 90% of victims were not wearing life jackets. Wear a PFD and live to fish another day!

Tight Lines!

Thanks to Emirates Fishing for the submission of this useful article!