Just took delivery of my new Reddington Pathway Rod and reel last week so headed out on Friday early morning for a trip on the flats.
Forecast was not great with high winds and scattered rain but aint no stopping me with a new bit of tackle to try 🙂
Stopped off at the petrol station along the way for supplies and of course the legendary Chicken Franck Sandwich (every fisherman should consume one in their lifetime )and then back on the road to the fishing grounds.
A good few years since ive been here to fly fish and quite a bit has changed with respect to the entry points to the flats. Used to be able to drive my car right up and walk a few hundred yards. Now you need to pull up quite far away and walk a food 25-30 mins to the flats. But like i said, aint no stopping me with new tackle to try and this place has a special place in my heart. Have caught good fish here in the past and a good variety to from queens, to breams to milk fish.
Extremely quite when i arrived and begun the walk around to the flats, set up with a floating line at first and a red and white clouser.
Nothing doing after 35 mins so changed onto a blue and white clouser and had some takes from needle fish (the rats of the ocean…). Eventually hooking and landing this little fellow which i put back safe and sound to annoy me another day…
Lots of Flamingos feeding and wading in the background made for a pleasant view and the rain did actually hold off for the 3 hours i was there but sadly the winds did not.
In the end id tested the rod and reel and was satisfied id had my fishing fix for the day. Lunch was planned in Dubai in the afternoon so packed up and drove home for some bacon butties and a cup of the tea with the wife 🙂
Tight lines and Fish On!
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After a few years away from Fishing due to working in Qatar, changes of circumstances etc i am now back In Abu Dhabi where my fishing adventures in the UAE began and in fact this very blog! 🙂
I feel a great sense of excitement as i sit down again to type and update you on my latest trip out to Oman to a place called Khasab. Ive wanted to explore Oman for a long time as there are some great fishing spots to be explored and with the right patience and knowledge, also some world class fishing to be had. Over 2016, Oman and its different areas are a definitely on my to do list and of course i will share any updates here 🙂
So Captain B and I left Umm Al Quwain early morning around 6am. I convinced Captain B to stop off at McD’s for a quick breakfast butty (real fishermens food) before we hit the highway. Captain B wasnt disappointed and i can see him becoming a regular there!
Onto the highway and to RAK as e’d be crossing the border there and into Mussandam and eventually Khasab. Along the way we encountered many beautiful sites and places and after around a little over an hour, we reached the Ras Al Khaimah (UAE) and Oman border. Here we went through the exit entry points and then got back into the car and onto Khasab. As soon as you are done with the legal stuff and into Oman,Boy oh boy are you met with some of the most beautiful scenery i have ever seen! Coastline and mountains! I could have stopped easily several times to cast a line and indeed run us off the road from staring but Captain B as co-pilot kept us on track 🙂
Eventually the coastline runs up a mountain and into 4 wheel drive and up, yp and up you go. Once at the top, you then descent down into Khasab and eventually reaching the port town. Many cruise ships are now operating in this area and from the scenery, its a no brainer that everyone would want to see this magestical paradise. after a few quick chats with the locals (best part of any adventure..!) e headed over to the marina to try and find someone to take us by boat to one of the islands. The car was loaded with camping gear and enough food and water etc for a few days. We found one of the locals who seemed to be running a few tourist dhows out of the port and started negotiating a speed boat to take us to an island and then after a few days pick us up again. Price negotiated and boat loaded up, off we set to our very own little paradise for a few days. No to be noted, there is mobile phone signal here so we knew we would be at peace of mind form all the social media which would ensure a total relaxation.
Now we were off and into the open sea, a few KM’s away and you turn into the mountains and man words can not explain how beautiful this place is. We searched a few spots and eventually settled for what im nicknaming the Martian Island (more of this later…). We unloaded and set up camp. We were fishing with squid and shrimp and planned just to really sit and kick back and strike on any fish that decided to go for our bait. This was after all be a relaxation trip of the christmas holidays so no kayaks or boats just chill and fish.
Literally on Captain B’s first cast he gets a bite and after a few minutes landed this medium sized pretty little fish (not sure of the name but lovely all the same). Released after a few pics. Myself had zero luck all afternoon until the afternoon tide started to retreat and then my rod doubled over and after a few minutes , i beached this black bream. with enough food for a few days , i decided also to put this one back and again set up the rod with bait for fishing.
Quite a few dhows came by throughout the day and we have some trespassers to Martian island (ok , ok i know its not our island but hey i can dream 🙂 ) A nie family form mexico who stopped by snorkeling and we had a good chat before they left back to their boat (they wouldnt pay any trespasser fees though….).
Later afternoon Captain B and i decide to explore the island and search out some fishing from the higher up rocks. We found a nice spot (come on, is this not a nice spot…!!) and B had a live bait and myself a yo zuri casting lure. B first cast (this man is lucky…) as his live bait hits the water gets nailed by a Big Barracuda, but cunning as they are these barracudas, he missed the hook and got away. All the same the adrenaline running through us both now was best described as two kids being given a new ipad each ( or a bag of sweets 🙂 ). From this vantage point looking down to the sea, we could easily see any fish approaching the lures and live bait and we had many follows from needle fish and other small preadtors but nothing hooked and the barracuda had by now moved on.
As we sat and looked out over the spot we were in, a massive splash happened below us and a very large im guessing 10-15 KGs grouper smashed what it thought was a dead fish but was in actual fact a small piece of plastic floating on the surface. It was enough to get the two of use excited and again we began casting down the same area but no luck in enticing the big guy back to out bait offerings.
The sun was starting to set for evening now so we decided to head back to camp and get set up for dinner, BBQ style.
BBQ lit we fired up the stove and put on some corn and water for tea. Not long before the smell must have hit the noses of a small family of goats and they came down to check us out. We fed them and then equally shooed them on their way so we could eat in peace.
Dark had now set in and with no mobile signal, we had very little by way of entertainment. Then Capt B remembers he has an audio book on his phone of the new movie the Martian so the two of us sat back on our chairs, lit the fire pit and sat back and listened to the narrator tell the story. This experience i cannot put well into words but it brought back memories of being a kid and listening to the radio on a sunday back in the UK when the BBC used to have such stories narrated for kids and i would eagerly listen in. Imaging, total darkness, mountains lit by a climbing moonlight, the stars there bang in your face like you could almost touch them, total silence, a fire pit roaring and the sound of a voice narrating a story about an astronaut on planet Mars, Awesome! For two hours we sat there listening to that and i kid you not it was the best entertainment ive had in a while, simple yet effective and couldnt have been more fitting for such an occasion! And so was named our “MARTIAN ISLAND”…!! 🙂
We continued fishing into the night but catching small fish which we reigged up as live bait , casted back into the sea for larger predators. Nothing seemed to be coming to investigate these small live baits so we decided to pack up for the night and head to bed. We were due to go on the boat tomorrow and do some trolling as agreed when we negotitaed the speed boat service.
Next morning we woke at 5 am and started to make bacon butties and coffee. Back came the goats and and shared some breakfast before we then started to pack up camp ready for the boat pick up and to go do some trolling. The boat came and we loaded all the gear up and set off trolling round the mountain edges and then eventually into the open sea. We saw a few dolphins along the way but as we reached the open sea, it was really rough and not good for trolling. Capt B also started to get some sea sickness so we decided after an hour to call it a day and head back to port and set off back to the UAE.
Another pleasureable drive back and we arrived at Capt B’s just after lunch time. After unloading his gear i bid him farewell and continued my drive onto Abu Dhabi and home.
All in all a very pleasurable and memorable trip and looking forward to the next Oman adventure!
Headed out for the fist time last week since summer and caught nothing all day. It’s still extremely hot and humid and to be honest very unpleasant. I wanted to try my new toy though….a pair of outriggers i’d picked up off a friend who has since moved on from Abu Dhabi (Thanks Jan).
I said to myself on the way home last week that i wouldn’t come out again until the middle of october until it had cooled down a little. But i just couldn’t resist and this morning and headed out around 8am. It was very hazy and hot but the sea was flat calm and just the way i like it. Last week we fished close into the mainland and this week we decided to head out much further.
There was no visible bird activity so we set the 4 lines and just trolled on. After 30 minutes, we came across some rising and jumping fish and as we got closer to them, saw they were small kings chasing what i call the rain drop fish. Many times you see these small fish jumping only a few cm’s above the surface of the water in big schools and then back into the water again making small splashes and so hence my name for them, the rain drop fish,anyway……. the small kings were having a field day with these fish and chasing them out of the water. Kings remind me of my fly fishing days back home when you fish for salmon, the way they leap out of the water has a big resemblance in my opinion. We trolled right through their activity with no hook ups. I turned the boat around and trolled back through and this time we had a strike on one of the deep diving lures but we were to quick and the hook hadn’t set. At least we knew though that the deep diving lures were on the money for today…
We trolled back through again and again, the deep divers were hit and this time, a double strike and hooks set! A few minutes of playing the fish and we had 2 medium-sized Kings, both returned to fight another day and we were extremely pleased to see kings back in Abu Dhabi!! We pulled in the other 2 lines and changed them for deep diving lures and trolled on. It was quite visible now that there were at least 3 sets of kings spread around a 1/2 kilometer radius working the rain drop fish and so we just kept trolling round them and we hooked into a total of 10 kings for the day during 5 hours fishing. Would have been nice to have had the fly fishing gear on board as we could have sight casted a few, oh well, better remember next time…One king in total kept which was a good size for the table and enough to satisfy my father in law who is out from the UK and would be served for his dinner tonight.9 Kings returned.
On the way home, i said again its way to hot to be out and this time i mean it, no fishing for me until mid October now as it’s just unbearable with the humidity. The outriggers are great though and very happy with them as they make such a difference to your trolling keeping the lines spread nicely apart. I think we’ll have some good results this winter and looking forward to some cooler weather.
Tight lines all and here’s to a good winter season!
There’s been a gap again in my updates, mainly due to bad weather ie wind falling on weekends and so hence a lack of fishing. I’ve also had some changes made to my boat which i’m really happy with and it’s allowed me to have more space to manoeuvre around.
So after a long wait, the weather was finally looking good and both myself and friend James headed out yesterday for a days fishing. We were out on the water by 10am and the sun was nicely guarded behind some cloud, gradually breaking through now and then. Once we got out into the channel, it wasn’t long before the bait fish were spotted and boy was there plenty. It wasn’t long before we spotted Kings jumping into the air and before we had our first hits on the lures. Sadly no hook ups but just chancers hitting the lures and i guess missing. We trolled on for another 30 minutes and then the left outrigger fishing rod bent back and the reel screamed off the line. James took the rod and began to play the fish. We bot had a few guesses on what it could be before he finally had it boat side and it was a nice king of around 7kg’s. Lures set again and we trolled on and literally 2 minutes after setting off again, we were into another fish. This time i took the rod and it was the right hand side outrigger rod and again a nice run. James put the boat into idle and i began to reel. This one felt like a hammour. You do get a bit of a feel of what fish is on the end of the line by the way it runs or swims down to the sea bed and this felt like a hammour, 5 minutes later and you guessed it, it was a hammour of around 3kgs.
Now, believed we had hit the right area so James got out the fly rod and began casting, after several casts, he hooked into what we thought was a king (this is our personal target for the year, to get a king on the fly – apparently a difficult task…), after many runs and 20 minutes later, a nice queen of around 3-4 kgs was landed and released. We spent the next hour between us casting flies and being stood on the bow of the boat, could look down onto the water and watch these queen and king fish chase the flies right up to the boat. The adrenalin thrill was great as you were urging the fish to take the fly and run…
All in all a great day and it was good to be back out again on the water and the new layout of the boat, i am very happy with.
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Hey all, been a while since i posted as i’ve been in the process of selling on my boat to get a slightly larger one with 2 engines. Finally got her out on the water on the weekend after 2 months of no fishing…
Even though the weather wasn’t great on Friday, 14 -16 knots with the wind heading off shore, we managed to get out into the channel and troll for a few hours.
We caught a hammour around 10-12lbs and 2 small kings which went back.
My camera skills need a little work but here is the video link
So, headed out with a friend on his boat on NYE into the Abu Dhabi channel. We were trolling today and casting and we set up the rods along with out riggers which is a new way to troll for me. With the outriggers, however i can really see the benefit as it allows you to troll lure out wider and stops the tangles with the other lure you are trolling. Jan(my friend) trolls 5 lures on his boat at a time so you need to use this method to ensure you don’t get any tangles!!
We were soon alongside seagulls flying high and circling and then hitting the bait fish. Then the kings were hitting the bait fish and 1 or 2 were jumping. We trolled right by them and then all of a sudden, 3 rods bend over and we have a triple hook up! Jan passed a rod to me and i began to reel, Jan handed the other rod to his nephew who also started to reel in and Jan began reeling himself…NICE, 3 fish on at the same time. I had to move my rod over a few lines to get un tangled and in the process my fish got off. Jane being a gentleman passed his rod to me and i began reeling in however there was probably about 250 yds of line out and the fish swimming n the other direction to us, my arm soon became tired…thanks Jan i thought, i can see why you passed me that rod…hahahaha
So, with 2 kings on board, we circled around and then came across the school again and Jan cast a spinner into the bait fish and before long BAM, into another King!