10 Tips for the best Fishing in the UAE

1. Know the type of fish that you want to catch. It is then essential that you understand what their diet, biology and habits are. Find out what the fishing calendar of the area is. You need to remember the three Rs which are research, record and read information in a journal.

2. The best tip to make your fishing in UAE successful is location. The best points are areas such as submerged wood in shallow water or rocks and structure like humps. You should therefore look for the right spot where you are guaranteed to make a catch.

3. Use the best line, hooks and quality gear. It is not necessary for your gear to be the most expensive, but always take into account that you get what you pay for. However, this does not mean that some cheap fishing equipment will not do the work. Just concentrate on the quality.

4. Make sure you tie good knots and retie often. To be successful, you should not have loose knots. After catching a few fish, you should sharpen the hooks again using a good file. You can also think of changing your tackle after every one or two fishing trips Dubai.

5. If you are going to be using lures, you need to know that the clarity of water and the color or lures are related. Clear water equals natural colors, light sky equals lighter colors, dark sky equals dark colors and dark water equals bright colors. Also take into consideration that color changes in deeper depths and all colors will end up being either black or white in deeper water.

6. The time that you choose to go fishing is essential. The best time are thirty minutes after sunset, sunrise, moon rise and moon set.

7. You have to be very patient. It is not a guarantee that you will have a good catch on each fishing trip in Dubai. Fishing therefore teaches us how to be patient. This is our own time which we spend for ourselves and it is such as pleasure when we get to share it with family and friends as well.

8. It is essential to obey all the rules and regulations and be responsible on everything that you do. Remember to practice catch and release.

9. Share your fishing experience with other people by taking them with you on your trips. Inquire on the bait and tackle they use for that location and where else they go to fish. You are going to learn a lot of important things.

10. You should always be safe on the water. There are a lot of boating accidents which occur every year and people get injured or even lose their lives. Always wear a life jacket and live to fish another day.


General Information About Fishing in the United Arab Emirates


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



Garhoud Bridge, Maktoum Bridge, Jumeirah 1, Jumeirah 2, Jumeirah Beach Residences, Al Sufouh Beach, Ghantout, Shindagha Tunnel, Dubai Creek, Beyond Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dibba


Al Rahba, Al Musaffah 1, Al Musaffah 2, Mina port, Raha Corniche, Reem Island



Bait Fishing: Attaching a live or dead organism to a fishhook to attract fish to you.

Lure Fishing: Using an inanimate object such as a wood, plastic, or metal device as bait to lure a fish.

Surf Fishing: catching fish from the shoreline, including sandy or rocky beaches, jetties and fishing piers.

Spinning: Also known as spin fishing, spinning is when anglers use a fishing lure that spins as they reel in the fish.

Kayak fishing: Basically fishing on a kayak. Although kayaks are slower than fishing boats, they can reach fishing areas that boats can’t reach.

Deep sea fishing: Going out into the sea and fishing in deep waters or at the bottom of the sea. The different techniques of deep sea fishing include trolling, bottom fishing, and trawling. Trawling is illegal in the UAE.


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.

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.

Al Salia’: A fish trap that resembles an umbrella with holes around it, used to trap a school of fish.


The Gulf waters have always teemed with sea life, and so fishing in the UAE has always been a rewarding experience.

The waters are filled with angler-favorites like barracuda, sherry, Sultan Ibrahim, hamour, sharks, stingrays, kingfish, and cobia.

Here is a list of some of the Gulf fish you can encounter on your fishing adventures:

  • ACANTHURIDAE Surgeon fish
  • ALBULIDAE Bonefish
  • ARIIDAE Catfishes
  • ARIOMMIDAE Driftfishes
  • ATHERINIDAE Silversides
  • BALISTIDAE Triggerfishes, filefishes, leatherjackets
  • BELONIDAE Needlefish, garfish
  • BOTHIDAE Soles and flounders
  • CARANGIDAE Jacks, trevally, queenfish, and scad
  • CARCHARHINIDAE Reef sharks and requiem sharks
  • CHAETODONTIDAE Butterflyfish, coralfish
  • CHIROCENTRIDAE Wolf-herrings
  • CLUPEIDAE Herrings and sardines
  • CORYPHAENIDAE Dolphinfishes or dorado
  • DASYATIDAE Sting rays
  • ECHENEIDAE Remoras, sucker fish
  • EXOCOETIDAE Flying fish
  • FISTULARIDAE Flutemouths
  • FORMIONIDAE Pomfret or jack-pomfret
  • HAEMULIDAE Sweetlips
  • LABRIDAE Wrasses
  • LEIOGNATHIDAE Slipmouths
  • LETHRINIDAE Emperors
  • LUTJANIDAE Snappers
  • MURAENIDAE Moray eels
  • NEMIPTERIDAE Threadfin breams and spinecheeks
  • MOLIDAE Sunfish
  • PLATACIDAE Batfish
  • POMACANTHIDAE Angel fishes
  • PSETTODIDAE Toothed flounders
  • RACHYCENTRIDAE Cobia or lemon fish
  • RHINOBATIDAE Sand sharks or guitarfish
  • SCARIDAE Parrot fish
  • SCOMBRIDAE Tunas and mackerel
  • SCORPAENIDAE Scorpion or lionfish
  • SERRANIDAE Groupers or sea bass
  • SIGANIDAE Rabbitfish
  • SPARIDAE Seabreams
  • SPHYRAENIDAE Barracudas
  • SPHYRNIDAE Hammerhead sharks
  • SYNODONTIDAE Lizardfishes
  • THERAPONIDAE Therapons
  • TETRAODONTIDAE Puffer fish
  • TORPEDINIDAE Electric ray


Tuna Hunting - Casting Session, February

Casting session for tuna bonitas in february.

Super exciting times, arguably the best fishing experience you can get in Dubai.

If they are ever around, you need to be casting for these bad boys. 

Casting session for tuna bonitas in february.

Super exciting times, arguably the best fishing experience you can get in Dubai.

If they are ever around, you need to be casting for these bad boys. 

Trip Report, 23.08.2018

The weather is perfect.

The sea is calm and the best part is, tunas are in town!

We went out approximately at 2pm, and starting casting at approximately 2.45/3.00pm from Fishing Harbour 1.

Our goal for the day purely to focus on tuna.

We were mainly following the birds and waiting for the schools of tuna to surface, and then casting right into it.

We did not get around to much jigging that day and didn’t intend to troll.

All in all we caught 3 very healthy tunas, all approximately in the 7-8 kg range with more hits that got away.

At some point during the trip we came across a large school of dolphins that passed by us, which was truly stunning.

The tuna hunt was really cool – as the schools rose the water would boil on a rather large surface area. Overall, the tunas are a beautiful fish, with lots of power and fights like a boxer.

The fish is all muscle and power. Its really majestic and for the last 2 weeks they have been a very consistent catch.

Its very encouraging to see healthy schools of them entering the Gulf.

Note: despite putting up a great fight, unfortunately the tuna bonitas that we see here are not as delicious to eat as the YFT, so I highly recommend to keep no more than 1 and release the rest.

~ Timur, 23rd February

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