Dubai Harbor, Dubai (UAE)
Dubai is known as a city with plenty of glitz and glamour. Some of the richest people in the world call this new and lavish city home but it may come as some surprise just how good the fishing can also be.
With the city touching the Persian Gulf it offers exciting fishing that sadly many tourists are unaware of. The possibility to go fishing use the trolling, spinning and bottom fishing techniques often results in exciting catches of cobia, grouper, kingfish among others.
The fishing in and around the city of Dubai is done so possible to do in a variety of different styles that include bottom fishing and trolling plus other exciting and more demanding techniques such as jigging and spinning.
Grouper are a common species to catch in many areas around the world. They love to live in and around rocky and unstable bottoms as well as close to shipwrecks or reefs. Trying to jigging for these can be a great deal of fun.
Barracuda are a long slender fish with some seriously sharp teeth on them. They are known to travel in the water at fast speeds chasing smaller predator fish. You will need to have a wire trace attached to your fishing set up to ensure you land this species to the boat.
This bright and shiny fish is bound to give any fisherman enjoying a day out in Dubai a really solid fight. They just never know when to stop fighting once hooked. If you do get one to the boat be careful as they have a set of nasty spines on them.
The kingfish is also known as a king mackerel in other parts of the world. It is a fish that will also offer a great fight to the fisherman of Dubai. They are a silver colour with often a nice and attractive pattern running down their body.
Regardless of the time of the year, you are looking to go fishing, the most productive time of the day always seems to revolve around the early morning and sunrise period when fishing in Dubai.
Such is the climate in Dubai it really only has two distinct seasons of summer and winter rather than the traditional four seasons that is found in most destinations. The summer period generally is regarded as being from April through to the end of October and obviously winter being the other months.
Fishing in Dubai during summer produces an elevated chance of targetting tuna species. The best time to fish for tuna is generally from the start of summer in April to the end of May. Once the tuna begin to leave the fishing can go quite in Dubai from June until November. Snapper, barracuda and catfish can certainly be targetted all year round though and keep local and visiting fisherman happy.
Once the weather begins to cool down at the start of winter the fishing really begins to fire back up. The warm winds of summer disappear and fishing for species such as grouper, queenfish, kingfish and cobia start to be really exciting. The best months to target the cobia are in months January and February.
Overall the best fishing period to be had is from January until May each year.
Dubai has become a popular tourist destination for plenty of tourists around the world these days. It is also a popular destination to stop at for an extended period when travelling to Australia, New Zealand and Asia countries.
Some of the best things to do in Dubai include visiting the building worlds tallest building called Burj Khalifa, which stands an impressive 828.8m tall. Other popular attractions include the Dubai Mall, which is the entry point to Burj Khalifa, Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House, Dubai Creek & Al Seef District and Deira.
You need a fishing license to fish in fresh water and salt water. The fishing charters in Dubai normally have the fishing license included in the price, so you don't need to buy one if you're chartering a boat.