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Fishing in Egypt

When a person thinks of Egypt, the first thing they think of might be sandy deserts and big pyramids. Little do most know, there is actually some fishing to be had in this country. While not generally known for its fishing, a great idea for a vacation would always include a little fishing, and this is why Egypt should be on your radar. Egypt can be defined as the bedrock of fishing because the Egyptian civilization at the time has been one of the first to introduce this practice in the world.

In ancient Egypt, smaller fish were caught with basket traps and dragnets made from willow branches, as well as hooks and lines. Fishing rods tended not to be used, as the fisherman would use his finger to support the line, using clay to weigh the hooks down. For bait, usually bread or dates would have been used. After being caught, the fish would have been clubbed and then placed in baskets to be used later. In today’s modern age, fishing is still a giant mainstay in the country. Fishing in Egypt has its own rules and regulations because people usually like to fish in an excessive way, in addition many fishermen use techniques that pollute the inner lakes and fishing spots. All lakes in Egypt are open to fishing except the restricted areas because it's mainly touristic sight-seeing, also skiing and jet skiing is restricted in many lakes because it damages the fishing environment. Some boat types are restricted in fishing areas such as racing boats. The bass tournaments are popular between fishermen in Egypt, but to participate in such an event you have to be registered at a fishing association. These fishing tournaments are only allowed at a certain time of year so it does not damage the bass population of the lakes. It is prohibited to troll or jug in ski areas. Fishermen have a limited quantity of fish that they are allowed to fish per day and it depends on the type of fish. It is strictly prohibited to catch too small of fish. In addition, a boat cannot anchor less than 100 feet away from the shoreline to respect the privacy of homeowners. Swimming is prohibited except in swimming areas for security issues, and of course skinny dipping is prohibited. Any kind of chemical treatments may not be used under any circumstances. Night lighting must within the permitted areas due to security issues. In any circumstances if rules are broken the fisherman may get arrested or may be denied future entry to the lake.

There are many different places to fish in Egypt, from the coastal areas to along the Nile. There is Hurghada, Sharm, and Nasser Lake where you can rent a boat or even fish right of the dock. Since there are many hotels right on the Nile, some people have even fished right there next to their accommodations. Lake Nasser is the largest manmade lake on Earth. The lake is not only famous for its massive length of 310 miles but also for its spectacular fishing. This lake is super remote, making it even more relaxing for people looking to getaway for a quiet weekend or vacation. The lake was created in 1960 along with the famous Aswan High Dam and it is a habitat to around 32 species of fish as well as Nile river crocodiles. It’s said that around 80,000 tons of fish are caught from the lake every year. The best part of this lake is that it is home to some of the largest freshwater fish in the entire world. Nile perch and tiger fish call this lake home, and is a great place to catch them. Nile Perch in this lake have been recorded at record sizes rarely seen in other water systems. Perch between 50 to 200 lbs can be easily caught and you can also find Moonfish, Tilapia species, Catfish species and the legendary giant Vundu throughout the lake. Egyptians have been fishing for Nile perch since the dawn of civilization so why not come and try your luck as well, targeting one of the largest fresh water fish in the world, the legendary Nile perch. Tiger fish which can grow to 16lbs are also plentiful; one look at their vicious teeth leaves you in no doubt they are savage predators which, for pure sport on light tackle, take a lot of beating. Targeting Nile Perch with a fly rod is a challenge few fly fishermen have had the chance to experience. You can fly fish for some of the largest freshwater fish on the planet in surreal desert surroundings. Lake Nasser provides one of the better Nile perch venues mainly due to the clear visibility of the lake water and the ability to ‘sight cast’. An added bonus is the abundance of Tiger fish; although they are smaller than Nile perch, they can grow to 16lb with an average size of 2 to 4 pounds, size for size Tiger fish are some of the hardest fighting fresh water fish there are. On average the Nile perch in the lake will be between 10lb to 40lb but there are Nile perch in the lake over 200 lbs. The problem which needs to be solved is how to encourage and successfully hook up the bigger fish with a fly; with a single hook it is difficult to keep bigger fish hooked up – many are lost after striking because of their exceptionally bony mouths. Tiger fish grow to 16 lbs and are outstanding sport with medium weight gear.

Egypt is a great location for a family vacation, and with a little planning you can fish for some species that are very unique and a blast to catch. Whether you want some freshwater fishing, or deep sea fishing, there is something here for everybody. Not only are there plenty of fish to catch, they are also of giant proportions. So anybody who says that Egypt is nothing but sand and desert, does not know what they are missing!

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