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Fishing in The Red Sea on All Inclusive Holidays to Egypt   by Emily

in Travel / Travel Tips    (submitted 2011-04-20)

The Red Sea lies between Africa and Asia and has a surface area of roughly 169, 100 miles, with an average depth of 1,608 feet. It's the world's northernmost tropical sea. The diversity of fish here is due in part to the 1240 miles of coral reefs extending along the coastline. These coral reefs are visited by many species of Red Sea fish including 44 different species of sharks. It's these different species of fish that lure fishermen here on all inclusive holidays to Egypt. In total, more than 1200 species have been recorded in these waters.

The warm sea temperatures of the Red Sea attract fish such as the blue fin and yellow fin tuna, cobia, snappers, barracudas and king fish. In fact, there are over 120 species of fish here that aren't found anywhere else. There are 42 species of deep water fish too. Most are innocuous but beware of the Stonefish, the Lionfish and the aptly named Scorpionfish. All have stinging spines containing venom, which in the case of the Scorpionfish, can prove fatal. Don't ever eat Boxfish or Soapfish either as they are poisonous. Don't worry though; the captain of your charter fishing boat will be able to advise you about the fish caught. As the Red Sea is such a diverse ecosystem, measures have been put in place to safeguard the environment and prevent depletion of fish stocks. Certain areas are designated Marine Parks and in these areas, shore fishing is not permitted.

Hurghada used to be a small fishing village and these days with the increase in tourism, attracts fisherman from all over the world on all inclusive Egypt holidays. Fishing is either done on day charters to week long safaris. The advantage of these safaris is that you can travel to more remote fishing spots. The major Red Sea marinas for sport fishing boats are in Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh and depending on where you leave from, most good fishing spots could be less than 2 hours away. Most good fishing occurs in the early morning or late afternoon. Consequently, most Red Sea charters take off from the marina at 9.30 a.m and return by 4.30 p.m. or in the case of safaris, by 7 a.m.

The Red Sea has good bottom structures and because of this, two fishing methods are employed. The most common is trolling, whereby you slowly run the boat whilst trailing lures or bait. Jigging is a commercial technique, usually used for catching squid. Baited hooks or lures are pulled at irregular intervals, producing a realistic movement of the bait. The hooks that are used for this are grapnel shaped or multi-pronged. Jigging generally happens at night when the bright lights on the boat are switched on to attract the fish. It's an effective method and one of the reasons people search for cheap Egypt holidays to experience this type of fishing.

If planning on fishing, be aware that the local authorities insist that an official identification document, such as a passport, is produced upon departure. Although all charters provide suitable lures and spoons for the type of fishing you will be doing, bring along your own 'lucky' lure if you so desire. Don't forget the suntan lotion and wash bag. All charters have toilets and showers on board, so you can freshen up. A hat is essential and be prepared for changing weather conditions. Although it may be hot on the beach, sea-breezes can be quite chilly. Lastly, don't forget your camera to record your catch.