Fishing is a deeply embedded tradition in the UAE culture. As people of the desert with little water for agriculture, the Emirati ancestors depended on fishing for survival. The Gulf- although rich with fish- had strong currents that toughened fishing, especially without the advanced techniques we have today. Nowadays, with the large and ever-growing population in the UAE, the demand for seafood has risen, and therefore, there has been massive investment and advances in the UAE fishing industry. Fishing has also grown to be a popular sport and pastime amongst UAE residents, especially in Dubai, which hosts some of the finest sea fishing events in the world.
There are over 500 marine species found in the seas around the UAE, ranging from smallest seahorses to largest sharks. Fishing season in the UAE is from February to June. However, you can fish in the UAE all year round; just bring a light sweater with you during your winter trips. During the winter months, you’ll find more fish closer to the surface, enjoying the heat. Meanwhile, during the summer, they move away from the heat and deeper into the sea. There are a few common fishing methods used here like the Hadra. The use of fence traps placed perpendicularly from the shore that lead fish into a maze, which then traps them into a lower tide. Another is the Gargour. A fishing trap made of palm leaves woven into a semi-circular shape, where fish food is placed inside to attract and trap fish. The last is the Al Salia. A fish trap that resembles an umbrella with holes around it, used to trap a school of fish. This emirate is the youngest of all the seven emirates of UAE and is renowned for its scenic beauty. Unlike Dubai, Fujairah has a more viable weather that is apt for recreational fishing. The Fujairah waters are home to a wide variety of fish owing to the merging of the Indian Ocean with the sea. The many fish found here include Dorado, Sailfish, Amberjack, Yellowfin Tuna, Trevally, Striped Marlin, Barracuda, Rainbow Runner and the Long tail Tuna.Trolling, jigging, bottom fishing or casting with live-baits are all different fishing techniques that can be used to fish in Fujairah. It will depend on the season and the type of fish you are going after. To catch a Dorado the better way is casting with live-bait when Dorado’s can be spotted. You can also land some while trolling near the ships. For Sailfish, Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna you need the expert to take charge, and they will probably do trolling in deeper waters.The third largest emirate of the UAE, is the only emirate with land on both Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The various types of fish that are found in the waters of Sharjah include the Kingfish, Queenfish, Trevally, Cobia and a few more. These big predators are a beauty to watch and are feisty fighters. They can make you work really hard to lure them to the surface and finally board them your boat.The official fishing season in Sharjah starts from September and extends to April. Of the many fish found here the Kingfish is usually the main target down here.
Kingfish is found during the months of September to March in the clear waters of Sharjah. They are strong fighter fish that will give you a tough challenge while catching.
Cobia and Trevally are found all through the year. You will come across a few cobia and trevally when you are aiming at Kingfish. The Cobia is also a very strong fighter, sometimes even more than the Kingfish.The various fishing techniques used in deep sea fishing while in Sharjah includes live bait trolling, lure trolling and bottom fishing. Fish like the Kingfish, Queenfish and Cobia are caught using trolling with live bait and at times with lures. Sheiri and a special type of Trevally called in the emirates as “Jush” are caught using bottom fishing.This emirate has the Persian Gulf on one side making it open to deep sea fishing. The climate in Ras Al Khaimah becomes humid during the summer and during the winter, you will have a pleasant weather with rains occurring rarely. The fish that are commonly found in Ras Al Khaimah are Barracuda, Kingfish, Sailfish, Areolate Grouper, Brown-spotted Grouper, Red Snapper, Yellowfin Tuna, Cobia, Queenfish, Fin bream, Goatfish, Coral hind and the like. This is an excellent place to fish that everybody should try to experience.