Sunday, July 7, 2024

Fishing trip to Ras al Khaimah on 23rd June


On Wednesday Captain Aziz put a message that he is doing a sharing trip on Sunday. It was a full moon day. I immediately put my name in – This was a much-awaited opportunity. Previously I have been to Ras al Khaimah shore fishing few times with no luck. So, I texted the captain what jig should I carry. He advises 80-120 grams. Water depth is 50-70 meters. This is completely different to Dubai and Khorfakkan. So again, needed to shop few jigs in this range. My grappler and Poseidon jigging rods were able to support this range. I paired them with Ocea jigger 1000 and 2000 F custom respectively. The braid was 2 PE and 20 pounds leaders with just two meters length.

We reached the port around ten to four and the trip started on time. We went around 25 miles and only two of us were jigging. Some were squid with squids and few squids on jigs. I was asked to expect sherries and barracudas on the trip. When the first guy got his fish, it was a small Koffer. It was on squid and me jigging. I wanted to try jigging at least an hour before moving to bottom fishing. Then I got a strike and reeled in. It was a beautiful red grouper. 

The second strike was different. Got a Barracuda. Line was damaged. I cut short the leader. I was afraid to drop now but we continued. I was getting sherries. As we went through the day, I got my first Macroona fish. later found another red grouper. In the last one hour I also started adding some squid to my jigs just to try for some large grouper or Hamour which like lumpy baits. I did get a strike and the reel screamed for few seconds and lost the fish.

I straight went to Ajman market for cleaning the fishes. Found few restaurants ready to grill and fry fish. picked three sherries and got it fried. Fresh fish is so much different and tasty. Thanks to the ocean such a great fishing trip

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Fishing Adventure in Khorfakkan: Chasing Amberjack and Pinjalo Snapper

Planned trip. Weather was great. Capt Ali advised us to be on boat at 4am. Plan was to jig for some time and reach the casting area for tuna. The previous day huge, long tail tuna top water activity was seen and the capt wanted us to have some casting fun. 

Previous trips were of mixed outcome on jigging. Amberjack was not seen couple of trips. This time I decided I use only Deepliner spy which has always got me amberjacks. On the very first drift my reel was screaming and fellow fisherman said it is an Amber. I was using 1.5 PE line, so my drag was low. I could clearly see the drag was not good enough. However I dint want to increase the drag without checking so continued the fish fight with slightly loose drag. 

Later we moved many miles to the casting area. We waited for few hours for top water activity. During the wait I dropped up to 450 meters. I had missed strike. When the top water activity started fishermen started trolling with long lines and we just could manage to cast safely. We left the casting area. 

We had seen some get a Pinjalo snapper in the previous week on some other boat. So we insisted we do some bottom fishing. Capt was not convinced as the season had not started. But however the team was sure to try. Well when you drop squid atleast sultan Ibrahim is going to strike. To our surprise we got about six Pinjalo snappers. I managed to hook two. The trip was great. 

We reached the shore by around 4PM. Although a hot day it was an excellent fishing day. Thanks to the ocean

Fishing trip to Ras al Khaimah on 23rd June

  On Wednesday Captain Aziz put a message that he is doing a sharing trip on Sunday. It was a full moon day. I immediately put my name in – ...