Fishing

Enjoy Fishing in Dhofar in a very special way with us, our fishing itineraries covers the Regions of Salalah and Mirbat, and the scenic coastline of Sadha. We are fortunate to live in an area that hosts such a wide variety of fishing opportunities. Beautiful coastal waters of Indian Ocean and an abundant variety of fishing spots are within a short drive of our location. Whether you are fishing for fun, going after your first catch or seeking to break a record, world class fishing awaits you in Dhofar. The months between October and March are excellent to catch Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, Barracuda and Sailfish.  We remain dedicated to sustainable fishing methods.

PART 1

Day 1: Salalah – Mirbat

Drive to Mirbat, one of the most famous fishing villages in the region. You may visit some of the tourist attractions in the area, if the time allows (entry may apply). Find the best place to set up your tents to settle down for night in Mirbat. Rest of the day is reserved for fishing in Mirbat. Overnight in Mirbat

Accommodation options: Hotel / Outdoor camping

 

Day 2: Mirbat – Sadah

Drive to Sadah, about 135km from Salalah and 60km east of Mirbat. Sadah was a trading port for exporting frankincense hundreds of years ago.   There are a number of smaller villages, beaches and cliffs along the shores of Sadah.  Sadah is one of only a few places in the world where the practice of diving for Abaloni oysters is still continued today. Be prepared to enjoy the local way of fishing. People in Oman generally fish using handlines, which is the custom for most of the Arab Gulf region in general. It is rare to find someone fishing with a rod in Sadah. Stay overnight in an outside camp in Sadah.

 

Day 3: Sadah – Hasik

In the morning, drive to Hasik, a small village south of Oman, a 2 to 3hr drive from Salalah (200km from Salalah). The village is famous for being one of the best fishing destinations in the world. Here you can find all kind of fish all year-round. The best part of course is being able to turn your catch over to one of the local restaurants who will prepare you a tasty meal.

 

Stay Overnight in Hasik or return back to Salalah if you do not wish to continue the tour with Part 2!


PART 2

Day 4: Hasik – Shuwaymiya

In the morning, drive to Shuwaymiya. Shuwaymiya is a fishermen village that has a beautiful sandy beach 30 km in length and one of Oman ‘s probably most spectacular Wadi; Wadi Shuwaymiyah. The wadi forms a huge snaking canyon, sided by dramatic vertical cliffs of white limestone. The scenery is fascinating and quite breath taking and the canyons form a natural refuge for wildlife. Hyaena, ibex and gazelle are among many other mammals to be seen and Green Pigeons can be found roosting in wild fig trees, while owls call at night. There is a wealth of scenery, wildlife and pleasure awaiting the guests of Shuwaymiya. For sport anglers there is also the constant promise of discovery of fish species. Overnight camping in Shuwaymiya in a permanent camp or outside.

 

Day 5: Shuwaymiya – Hallaniyat islands

Early morning take a 1 hour boat ride to Hallaniyat and its sister islands which consist of 4 islands and several rocky outcrops. These islands provide plenty of fishing spots, spanning over 50 miles between the first and last island. It is truly a serious destination with serious fishing in different type of terrain to test anglers to their limits. One can be fishing on shallow reefs, sheer cliffs, exposed wrecks and rock piles in the middle of the ocean, absolutely fantastic and breathtaking.

Besides GT fishing, the light tackle action is equally first class with Shari (Spangled Emperor), Jacks, Queen Fish, Golden Trevally…

Furthermore, these islands are haven for migratory birds and marine life. Turtles breed there and there are large dolphin populations. The water is warm all year round and the underwater world offers dramatic scenery, close contact with nature, and great opportunity for exploratory snorkeling. A lucky few have even seen whales underwater and snorkeling with dolphins is a hobby of those who have taken time to get to know these intelligent marine mammals. Seabirds and shorebirds found along the entire coast enrich the nature’s beauty. Overnight stay at Hallaniyat islands or back to Shuwaymiya.

 

Day 6: Hallaniyat islands – Shuwaymiya – Salalah

Drive back to the mainland by Boat. Return to Salalah

 

Tour details

Tour code: AFT40

Duration: 3 days OR 6 days tour

Services included:

  • Fishing equipment will be provided (subjected to the local expertise: please sea info)
  • Transport with air conditioned 4×4 vehicle with driver
  • Boat drive to Hallaniyat islands
  • Water on board
  • Camping Equipment and meals according to the agreement

Info:

  • Entrance fees are generally not required for this tour. However if required, entry will be charged separately
  • We highly recommend that you bring most of your equipment with you. It is hard to find a fishing equipment store in the outskirts of Salalah, so do not rely on purchasing equipment when you arrive here.
  • This tour can also be tailored as per your special requests. Please contact our team for your dream trip!

Here are some of the popular catches being sought after during this trip along the Dhofar coast;

TUNA

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The Tuna is one of the strongest fighters, so make sure to do your push-ups before going after this feisty fish. It’s fast, strong and a lot of fun to catch. The Yellow-fin tuna is the most sought-after, and the most common to find in Oman waters. The Yellow-fin tuna can grow to a length more than 2m and weigh more than 200kg. An average catch will weigh around 30-40kg.

If you see feeding dolphins then there is a big chance that you will find tuna as well, because dolphins and tuna usually chase schools of sardines together. Yellow-fin tuna are highly migratory and are found throughout the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea and cannot be found in one specific place.

The best way to fish for a tuna is to use live-bait (free-swimming fish) – usually a sardine. Also, trolling is a very common way to catch a tuna using squid-like lures.

SAILFISH

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The famous Sailfish is on the wish list of many fishing enthusiasts all over the world, and Salalah is a great place to get a chance to hook this beautiful fish.  Also known as the billfish due to the elongated bill, these bluish gray coloured fish are characterised by a sail like erectile dorsal fin. They can grow to a whopping 3 m that can weigh up to 90 kg and even more at times. The Sailfish is a smart and also a great fighter, jumping above the waterline and thrashing its head to try to unhook itself, then diving deep making your reel hiss like a jungle cat.

There is no specific month to fish for a Sailfish. It has been caught all over the year, you just need to be little bit lucky. Sailfish usually migrate into near-shore areas, and prefer to stay in warmer waters with a temperatures between 21°C to 28°C. These species are also considered highly migratory. They show in bigger numbers near Salalah.

Sailfish usually feed near the surface or in mid-water. Trolling with a live bait, a half-dead Ballyhoo or a squid are all good fishing techniques to catch it.

KINGFISH

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The Kingfish (sometimes also called King Mackerel) has all of the characteristics of a true sport fish; it is fast, strong, and big with razor-sharp teeth. This strong fighter can grow up to 2m and 70kg, and prefers to live in warm waters with a temperature ranging between 20°C to 29°C.

Kingfish can be found in depths between 12-45m, usually swimming over reefs and rocks that are not so far from the shore.

Trolling is the best way to catch a Kingfish with various kinds of baits (live bait, dead bait, spoons, jogs or artificial lures).

DORADO

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The Dorado (also known as Mahi mahi or dolphinfish) is a beautiful fish famous for its bright gold, green and yellow colors. Sport fishermen love catching this creature because it’s fast, acrobatic, beautiful and tastes magnificent. The average weight of a Dorado falls within the range of 7kg to 13kg. Mahi Mahi can be found year-round (except for February, March and April) with greater presence in August, September and October. Dorados swim near the surface close to floating objects such as large buoys or floating wood. They also swim near Sargasso (floating weed) to feed and to hide. Some experienced fishermen can also detect the position of Dorado by watching birds dive to feed on small fishes near Sargasso.

Trolling is a very common way to catch a Dorado. You can use dead, live or artificial bait. Another way to hunt this fish is by trying to pinpoint a school of Dorado, once spotted you can keep them around the boat by throwing some chums and cut bait, and be sure to keep a live fish hooked at all times. You can also catch the Dorado using fly fishing techniques.

BLUEFISH

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The bluefish (also known as taqwa in the region) is one of the most fun fish to catch. They move in schools, and once a school of bluefish is located, you need to be ready for action. This fish will do everything in its power to free itself from your line. It will swim in different directions, jump from the water, or try to cut your line. The average weight of Bluefish in Hasik is about 2-4kg, but it can easily reach more than 8-10kg. Another special thing about this fish is that it can be found in abundance, and tastes great. The bluefish is available all year around, however the best time to fish for it will be from September to November. The best place to catch this fish is near the shore. Tip: The best place to catch this fish is Ras Hasik .When you arrive at your spot, grind some fish and throw them around your boat, along with some bait blood and chunks of cut bait. Sardines and squid are both considered good bait for Bluefish.

GIANT TREVALLY (GT)

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Giant Trevally (or GT) is one of the top gamefish in the world. Sport anglers love catching this fish because it is such a fast and powerful creature. Some say it is the toughest fighter and the most fun to fish for. The GT is available in huge sizes in the south of Oman, some may reach up to 80kg. The best time will be from Mid-September through the end of April. Giant Trevally usually swim near the surface and can usually be found close to shore. A famous location to fish for the GT in Oman is at an island of  Hallaniyat. Popping and jigging are the most famous techniques to fish for a GT. You can either use a live bait, cut bait, squid or lures.

GROUPER

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The Grouper is one of the tastiest fish ever, and one would be considered very lucky to catch this fish. The Arabian Grouper (Greasy Grouper) inhabits Oman’s coastlines and reefs, and comes in a variety of types and sizes. Generally, it weighs between 20-50kg, with a length of about 30cm to 100cm, but it can grow to weigh more than 100kg. A grouper swallows its prey whole rather than chewing it. The Grouper is not a migratory fish, as it lives near the reefs and between rocks in it is entire life. That makes this phenomenal fish available for catch all year long. The best time to fish for Grouper will be between September and April. Grouper inhabit deep coastal reefs, and they live on the bottom of the sea/ocean floor between rocks. With that said, a Grouper can be found in deep waters (more than 400m) and in places with less than 30m of water. Bottom fishing is the only way to catch this tasty fish using squid, dead or live bait.

JOBFISH

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Jobfish (or Andeq in Omani) is a kind of fish that you will always enjoy fishing for. It has the strength and speed that every angler loves to deal with. Jobfish also tastes good and it is full of flesh. Its average weight is between 4-8kg and can weigh up to 14kg. The best time to fish for a jobfish is between September and December, with October being the best month. Anglers usually go after this fish since it can be sold for a good amount of money due to its good taste. Thus, whenever you find a large group of fishing boats close to each other, it is a good sign that there might be a school of Jobfish in the area. This Jobfish swims in the mid-water between the bottom and the surface. Try to be in the mid distance between the bottom and the surface. You can use a very low tech but effective method to do this, by simply casting and counting until you reach the ground, then throwing again and holding your line when reaching half count.

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