Award-winning Fishing Charters in Dubai!
Xclusive Sport Fishing provides a professional fishing experience, offering the ultimate service for the novice through to the most experienced angler.
Our mission is to provide an exceptional fishing experience for anglers who crave deep sea fishing adventure while enjoying the most spectacular sights around the waters of the Arabian Gulf.
Our main focus is on quality & service, ensuring you are a satisfied repeat customer every time!
We do both trolling & bottom fishing, of course depending on the requirements of the guests we pick the amount of time for each.
If the goal is to catch only bigger fish we place a bigger emphasize on the trolling, if the goal is to catch more fish, then it’s bottom fishing.
What We Normally Catch
While deep sea fishing in UAE, there is always a staple of fish that is very common, i.e: something that you can rely on to be consistent.
For trolling the most common kinds of fish are barracuda, king fish, trevally, cobia & blue fin tuna. The last 3 are less common than the first 2.
The best time to catch larger game is between November & May, and the absolute best months are Jan-March.
When bottom fishing, the most common catch is Sherri(Emperor Bream), Sultan Ibrahim (Goat Fish/Red Mullet) and Hamour (Grouper). Time to time Jas & Mackarel are caught as well.
Where We Fish
Usually we fish about 16 miles from the shore, which takes about 30 minutes to reach. Our captains have fish finders as well as GPS coordinates of tried and tested fishing spots for both trolling & bottom fishing.
What To Bring
We recommend bringing sunblock, long sleeve t-shirts, warm clothing in winter months, sea sickness pills & some snacks.
INFORMATION ON FISHING IN UAE
How to Catch Fish
Step 1: Go To Where The Fish Is
- When it comes to deep sea fishing trips, the importance of location is drastically different to shore fishing.
Once you have pushed off, the most important thing to catch fish in the UAE, like anywhere else in the world is to find the ‘spots’.
- Ideally the thumb rule is to go to drop offs, trenches, reefs, and any other place that provides some sort of cover. Places like this attract smaller fish, which in turn attract larger game animals.
As mentioned above, our captains have such spots on their GPS which have been developed through years of fishing & experience.
Step 2: Choosing The Bait
- It’s of great importance to pick the bait that matches what you are targeting.
- As mentioned above, squid usually works best for bottom fishing, where as artificial plastic fish is used for larger game fishing.
Step 3: Choose the Fishing Method
- Usually we start our trip with about 1-1.5 hours of trolling, with a goal of catching larger game fish. After that, depending on the requirements of the guests we usually move onto bottom fishing.
- As a result we usually end up with a good mix of larger & smaller fish.
FOR FISHING IN UAE
- Change Bait Regularly
When bottom fishing, often the bait either comes off, or is taken off by the fish, which leaves you just sitting & waiting for nothing.
- Be Patient
As any experienced fisherman will tell you – patience is key. Without patience you are unlikely to have any catch at all.
- Let The Crew Help
- Especially with larger game, it is very tricky to pull out of the water, and infact often dangerous. Do not interfere with the crew when they are pulling out the more dangerous animals.
- Tradition of Fishing in UAE
- In the UAE, which lies entirely along the coast line, fishing has been an immensely popular activity and source of protein.
- Fish was caught and either eaten immediately or salted and taken inland. This was often an important source of protein for inland residents as well as camel fodder and fertilizer.
- The most common types of traditional fishing methods was through the use of nets, called ‘Hadra’ or ‘Gargour’ which were deployed from boats called lanshs, or palm-front shashahs.
- In recent years, due to the large increase in demand for seafood, larger and more advanced fishing methods are being used for commercial fishing the local fish stocks are being depleted, causing a risk which is being addressed by the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi.