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Fishing Oman GT ( Giant Trevally ) weighing over 60 kg caught in south of Oman
Sport fishing in an authentic setting

See how you measure up against Giant Trevallies weighing over 60 kg, prepare your poppers and sharpen your fishing hooks!!!

Shore Fishing Oman : shore fishing on the coast, on the beach of Oman and catch Stingrays and Guitarfish weighing over 100 kg
Come and fish on a white sandy beach

Could you land a Stingray or a Guitarfish weighing over 100 kg, adrenaline and cramps guaranteed!!!

A Grouper weighing over 25 kg caught in the south of Oman by GT Oman Fishing, organization Fishing Charters Oman
Whether alone or in a group, come and experience Extreme fishing for yourself

Jigging is fun, slip on your shoulder harness, put on your gloves and lower your line, what’s keeping you from hoisting up that Grouper!!!

A Caranx ignobilis, or Giant Trevally, or GT weighing more than 50 kg caught in Oman
Your fishing rod at the ready, are you all set for some serious thrills?

Your reel’s locked, your stickbait dips into the water, 2 or 3 bites and then all hell breaks loose, you go head-to-head with over 50 kg of muscle: a Giant Trevally

An Amberjack weighing more than 15 kg caught in Oman by Fishing Southern Oman for a Shore fishing
You study the horizon, prepared for every eventuality

A possible catch in the offing, you cast at exactly the right spot and jackpot! Lots of commotion, and after a hefty struggle, an Amberjack weighing over 15 kg!!!

Sunset in the south of the Sutanate of Oman, at Salalah : Oman GT Fishing Charters or a Fishing trip Oman
Chill out while watching a beautiful sunset

After all the fighting and excitement, what better than to settle down on a terrace with a nice cup of tea!!!

Catalogue of fish caught in Oman during a fishing Oman Charters

There are so many different species of fish in the waters around Oman that it wouldn’t be useful to draw up a full list. The following catalogue of the largest, most common fish, sorted by family, will however give you an idea of the ones you will have the opportunity to measure up against!

Carangidae

The large Carangidae family consists of six genera and dozens of species. Here are a few you will come across in Oman:

The best known of all is the Giant Trevally (Caranx ignobilis). This marine species, also known as the Giant Kingfish, Big-headed Jack or simply GT, is extremely common in the tropical waters around Oman. It is a particularly formidable fish which can grow to a length of 170 cm and weigh up to 80 kg. Thanks to its substantial size and weight, this powerful predator is an ardent and vigorous fighter, making it a particularly prized catch in Extreme fishing. Its reputation for being pugnacious has given rise to a GT Popping contest in Australia and Hawaii, where it has been fished since prehistoric times. You can fully appreciate the mythical power of this fish through the following anecdote: the strength of the ulua, (the Caranx ignobilis), has always been associated with that of warriors in Hawaiian culture, so much so that women were forbidden from eating it. The species was frequently used in religious sacrificial rituals, and the fish was generally considered as a god…Suffice it to say that you’ll have a real challenge on your hands!
The Giant Trevally is particularly easy to identify: it has a flat, oval-shaped body, a large homocercal tail fin and a massive head with oversized forehead and eyes. It can have black spots or be covered in lighter striations, and its colours can range from light grey to silvery grey to black. It lives in demersal zones, feeding mainly on fish and occasionally deep-sea shellfish. On rare occasions, it has been spotted feasting on turtles. Although both a diurnal and nocturnal fish, it hunts mostly at sunrise and sunset. The young fish often move around in schools, whereas the adults tend to swim alone or in pairs.
Caranx prefer lagoons and coral reefs, shallow waters and the passes between the water’s surface and a depth of 200 m. They are mostly fished using sinking and floating poppers or stickbait. Certain underwater fishermen manage to attract fish in a very novel manner; they imitate an injured trevally’s cry for help by making an inspired glottal noise.

During a fishing charters Oman, a big GT of 62kg. Come for a no boundaries for extreme GT fishing oman by GT Fishing Oman
During an fishing charters Oman travel, come and catch big GT (Giant Trevally) more than 40kg
A Giant Trevally weighing 22 kg caught off rocks in the southern Oman, during a shore fishing charters Oman by GT fishing Oman

The Brassy Trevally (Caranx Papuensis) can measure up to 70 cm and weigh 6.5 kg. You can recognize it by its silver body and its back, which is covered in little black spots. It is more active during the day than at night, but is nevertheless always on the hunt, feeding mainly on fish and deep-sea invertebrates. The young fish move about in schools near the coast, whereas the adults tend to be more solitary, even if they can sometimes be found in small groups.
It is a very spirited fish which fights to the death, making it a prize catch in Sport fishing. Poppers, sinking or floating stickbait, jigs, shad and bait are frequently used to fish for it.

The Yellowspotted Trevally (Carangoides Orthogrammus) is also referred to as the Yellowspotted Kingfish, the Goldspotted Trevally or the Tarrum. The lower part of its head and its belly are silver coloured, whereas the upper part of its head and its back have blue and green undertones; its entire body is dotted with golden spots. The Yellowspotted Trevally can measure up to 75 cm and weigh up to 6.6 kg.
It lives along the coast but displays pelagic behavior, navigating in waters between 3m and 150 m deep. It is generally a solitary fish, but can be found in pairs or small schools. It feeds on small fish and shellfish. Poppers, sinking or floating stickbait, shad, jigs and bait are used to fish for Yellowspotted Trevally.

Amberjacks, or Seriola, form a genus of the Carangidae family and include dozens of different species.

The Greater Amberjack (Seriola Dummerili)is one of the largest species of its kind. Highly prized by Big Game fishermen because of its incredible fighting spirit, it can measure up to 190 cm and weigh up to 100 kg. Its silvery-blue colour is enhanced by a gold-coloured line which runs along its sides and by a brown stripe behind its eyes. This powerful predator generally lives in waters 20 m to 70 m deep and feeds on fish and invertebrates. Most of the time, the Greater Amberjack is a schooling fish, but it does sometimes venture out on its own. The adults and larger specimens prefer deep reefs out at sea, whereas the schools of young fish are particularly attracted by drifting debris off the coast. Jigs, sinking or floating stickbait, shad and live bait are used to fish for Amberjack.

An Amberjack caught in waters off the Al Hallaniyat Islands in the southern of the Sultanate of Oman during a gt fishing charters oman / fishing oman

The Yellowtail Amberjack(Seriola Lalandi) is a pelagic fish which can measure up to 250 cm and weigh up to 96.8 kg! The bluey-green colour of its upper body is separated from the white of its belly by a yellow stripe which runs right along its sides. The Yellowtail Amberjack navigates between the coast and the ocean in waters ranging from 3 m to 825 m in depth, and is particularly at home in reefs and rocky bottoms. The younger fish, however, are more likely to live in coastal waters. It lives alone or in small groups, feeding on fish, squid and shellfish. It is highly prized in Sport fishing.

The African Pompano, Pennant-Fish or Threadfin Trevally (Alectis Ciliaris) is also known as the Cobblerfish or Plumed Trevally. In fact, it is not a true pompano of the genus Trachinotus: it is actually a member of the Carangidae family. It is a silvery blue-metallic green colour and can grow to 150 cm in length and weigh 23 kg. The adult fish prefer coastal zones near reefs, whereas the young have a pelagic lifestyle. They move in small groups or in pairs, feeding on fish, shellfish, and cephalopods. This carnivorous predator is highly prized in Extreme fishing as it offers very large specimens and is a fierce fighter. The Pompano is most often fished using sinking or floating stickbait, jigs and bait.

African Pompano was catch around Hasikiyah island during an southern Oman fishing

The Permit (Trachinotus Falcatus -"rugged back armed with a scythe” due to its dorsal fin) belongs to the Carangidae family. The largest specimens can grow to a length of 122 cm and weigh up to 36 kg. Permit live in the shallow waters along beaches, alone or in small groups, feeding on fish, crabs and shrimps.
It is considered as the ultimate Big Game “trophy fish”. Indeed, its wary character makes it difficult to hook and its strength and vivacity guarantees an epic fight, from which it often emerges victorious after breaking your trace. To succeed in tricking its watchfulness, it is generally fly and bait fished while it is feeding in shallow waters – for example on crabs which it particularly affections.

The Talang Queenfish (Scomberoides Commersonnianus) belongs to the Carangidae family. It can measure up to 120 cm and weigh up to 16 kg. It is a pelagic fish of a silver, greenish or bluish colour, dotted with dark spots. It is a demersal fish which lives in coastal waters and can be found in abundance around reefs and islands. It generally moves around in small schools, feeding on fish, cephalopods and small pelagic invertebrates. It is a particularly aggressive fish, which makes it very popular among Extreme fishing enthusiasts who use jigs, shad, sinking or floating stickbait and bait to catch it.

Talang Queenfish weighing 4.5 kg and 5 kg caught in the south of Oman during a fishing oman charters

The Dorado

Contrary to what its name implies, the Dorado (Coryphaena hippurus) is not, like other Seabream, a member of the Sparidae family, but forms the distinct Coryphaena family, also known as Dolphinfish.

The Dorado, also known as the Mahi Mahi, is a powerful predator prized by Extreme fishermen. The adult fish generally measure 150 cm for 20 kg, but can grow to 200 cm and 40 kg. This very rapid fish can reach peak speeds of 92 km/h! The males have a bump on their forehead, giving them a square face (hence their name of Coryphaena, which means “wears a helmet”) and have massive bodies; whereas the females have a round head and a thinner, smaller body. Their colours are very varied, often bright, and change to match their mood and environment, just like a chameleon: metallic blue-green, iridescent, turquoise, gold, brown, blue, red, etc.
The Dorado is a circumtropical species with long migrations. It is both demersal and pelagic: it can be found both in the open sea and near the coast, between the surface and a depth of 80 m. This carnivorous predator feeds on fish, squid, mackerel and young fish, as well as on pelagic shellfish. Like most predatory fish, it prefers to hunt at sunrise or at sunset.
The Dorado was already fished in the 2nd millennia BC and features in frescoes in Santorini in Greece. Today, it is often fished by trolling with skirted lures such as whistler jets or by casting with stickbait or plugs.

Dorado : Coryphaena Hippurus, 1,3 meter, catch with a life bait around Hallaniyat island

Seabream

This term refers to different fish of the Sparidae family, which includes 38 genera and hundreds of species which can be fished in Oman: Common Seabream, Dentex, Common Pandora, Sea bream, etc.

Blackhead Seabream (Acanthopagrus Schlegelii) is a demersal fish which can measure up to 50 cm and weigh 3.2 kg. It can be found in the shade of shallow rocky reefs and in brackish waters where it feeds on molluscs and polychaete worms.

Blackhead Seabream was catch near shuwaymiyah during and Fishing charters Oman
This Blackhead Seabream was catch during a Shore fishing oman charters near Hassif fisherman village

Red Porgy (Pagrus Pagrus) has many names: Sea bream, Common Seabream, Couch’s Seabream, etc. It can measure up to 90 cm and weigh up to 19 kg. Its high, compact body culminates in a massive head, and its colour, slightly mottled in places, can vary from silver to pink. It is a solitary, pelagic fish which lives in sandy bottoms or in rock faces between 5 m and 250 m deep. It is a carnivorous fish which feeds on shellfish, molluscs and cephalopods.

The Pink Dentex (Dentex Gibbous) has an oval, compact body which culminates in a head with a large bump. It is a reddish colour with undertones of silvery blue. The Pink Dentex can measure up to 106 cm and weigh up to 15 kg. It is a demersal fish which lives on rocky, sandy bottoms at a depth of between 20 m and 220 m. The younger fish prefer coastal waters, whereas the adults stay further out at sea. It is a carnivorous fish which feeds on fish, shellfish and cephalopods.

Scombridae or Tunas and Mackerels

Tunas, Mackerels and Bonitos constitute the Scombridae family. This voracious, deep-sea predator can reach speeds of up to 75 km/h. Various techniques are used to catch it; trolling with skirted lures such as whistler jets, with baitfish, or with plugs and stickbaits are the most popular methods used.

Yellowfin Tuna or Albacore Tuna (Thunnus albacares) is a pelagic fish that can reach gigantic proportions: 240 cm long for a weight of 200 kg. It is a schooling fish which feeds on fish, shellfish and squid, navigating between the surface and a depth of 100 m. It is also attracted to floating debris. Yellowfin Tuna is very much sought after in Extreme fishing because of its fighting spirit.

The Big-eye Tuna (Thunnus Obesus) can measure up to 250 cm and weigh up to 330 kg! This massive pelagic fish, with its metallic blue back and silvery grey underside, moves in small schools. It is both a daytime and nighttime hunter, feeding on cephalopods, fish and shellfish. The Big-eye Tuna is a colossal adversary which is particularly prized in Sport fishing.

The Longtail Tuna (Thunnus Tonggol), or Northern Bluefin Tuna, features on an Omani stamp. It can measure up to 145 cm and weigh up to 36 kg. It is a neritic fish which can be found in the emmerged zone which overhangs the continental shelf. It avoids murky waters and feeds on fish, larvae, shellfish and cephalopods.

An Longtail Tuna weighing 5 kg caught with a lure during a GT fishing charters Oman

The Wahoo(Acanthocybium Solandri) has an iridescent bluey green back and a silver-grey belly. It is an epipelagic fish which swims either alone or in small groups. It feeds on fish and cephalopods and is prized by Sport fishermen. It can grow to 250 cm in length and weigh up to 83 kg. It is fished by trolling.

The Narrow-barred Spanish Mackerel(Scomberomorus Commerson) can grow to a length of 200 cm and weigh up to 70 kg. It is particularly fond of drop offs and reefs, lagoons and gentle slopes. It moves in small schools and feeds on shellfish, cephalopods and fish.

The Barracuda (Sphyraena Barracuda), related to the Tuna family, is a voracious carnivore which can grow to a length of 200 cm and weigh up to 50 kg. It can be recognised by its long, black speckled silver body, its prominent lower jaw, and its fang-shaped teeth. Alone or in small groups, it likes to navigate around reefs but it can also be found in the open sea, between the surface and a depth of 30 m. It is a daytime predator which feeds on cephalopods, shrimps and fish. It is a particularly aggressive fish which doesn’t kill just for food; however, it will only attack humans when provoked. Trolling with plugs is generally the method used to fish for Barracuda.

Groupers

The majority of Groupers form the subfamily Epinephelinae. They can be found between the surface and a depth of 300 m. They are carnivorous fish who feed on molluscs, shellfish and fish. This subfamily comprises 22 genera and 87 species. Here are the Groupers you are most likely to come across in Oman:

The Malabar Grouper(Ephinephelus malabaricus) is a marine fish which can measure up to 234 cm and weigh up to 150 kg. It is a massive fish with a rounded tail, and is of a mottled brown colour with light specks and little dark spots. It looks very like a Brown-marbled Grouper. Found in depths of between 2 m and 150 m, it affections sandy bottoms such as reefs. It feeds on shellfish, cephalopods and fish.

A big grouper estimated at 90 kg for 1.60 to 1.70m, it was cut in two by a shark during a fishing oman charter in the southern oman

The Potato Bass (Ephinephelus Tukula) is a marine fish which can grow to 2 m and weigh 110 kg. It is a solitary fish which affections the deep cavities in reefs and seamounts where it feeds on reef fish, crabs and shellfish. It is very attached to its territory and can be particularly aggressive towards intruders, which makes it a particularly prized “trophy fish” among Sport fishing enthusiasts.

A Potato Grouper caught in waters off the Al Hallaniyat Islands in the southern Oman during a fishing charters oman by GT Fishing Oman, it is no boundaries for extreme fishing !!!

The Brown-marbled Grouper (Ephinephelus Fuscoguttatus) is a marine fish. It can grow to 120 cm in length. Its massive, stocky, compressed body is a light brown colour, mottled with blotches and brown and grey spots. It lives in the slopes of reefs, and navigates between the surface and a depth of 60 m looking for shellfish, cephalopods and fish. It is a sedentary, territorial fish which hunts from a hide at sunset and during the night.

A Brown-marbled Grouper caught in waters off the Al Hallaniyat Islands in the south of the Sultanate of Oman during a fishing oman with one thing in the head : no boundaries for extreme GT fishing by GT Fishing Oman

Groupers are mostly fished with dead and live bait and jigs.

The Spangled Emperor

The Spangled Emperor (Lethrinus Nebulosus) is a member of the Lethrinidae family. This compact-bodied fish is very colourful: there are blue stripes on its head, and its iridescent bluish scales are in sharp contrast with the yellowy-bronze colour of its sides and fins. The largest specimens can measure up to 80 cm for a weight of 8.5 kg. The Spangled Emperor is more of a nighttime than a daytime hunter, feeding on molluscs, shellfish, sea urchins and sandworms. It is a nosy, but wary fish which prefers to live in a group rather than alone. The young fish like to live amongst seaweed and long grass, whereas the adults prefer the sedimentary expanses of lagoons and shallow waters.

A Spangled Emperor weighing 3 kg caught in the south of the southern Oman, this fish was catch during a gt fishing oman charters

The Wolf Herring

The Wolf-Herring (Chirocentridae) is a pelagic family of fish found in coastal waters. It consists of two species: the Dorab Wolf Herring and the Whitefin Wolf Herring. It can be recognized by its long silver and blue body, and its jaw full of jagged fangs, hence its name. It can measure up to 100 cm. It is a voracious predator, feeding on small fish and shellfish, sometimes pursuing its prey into the estuaries of the lagoons. The Wolf Herring is fished using floating and sinking stickbait or plugs.

The Sailfish

The Indo-Pacific Sailfish (Istiophorus Platypterus) is a member of the Istiophoridae family. Its dorsal fin is shaped like a sail. Its colours vary from deep blue on its back, to bluey brown on its sides, to silvery white on its underside. It can reach a length of 350 cm and can weigh up to 100 kg. It is one of the fastest fish: it was scientifically established that one specimen unreeled a fishing line at the speed of 109 km/h! This pelagic fish, found in waters near the coast and around the islands, feeds on other fish, shellfish and cephalopods, and is a true hurricane, highly prized by Extreme fishing enthusiasts.

The Bluefish

The Bluefish (Pomatomus Saltatrix) is the only fish of the Pomatomidae family. Its colours range from dark blue to bluey-green to silvery blue, and it can measure up to 120 cm for a weight of 6 kg. It inhabits coastal waters, with the young fish staying closer to estuaries and bays. The Bluefish moves in schools which can spread over 8 km, attacking other schools of fish, molluscs and shellfish. It can be fished using stickbait, plugs and dead and live bait. Its aggressive feeding behavior and the promise of a good fight make it particularly renowned in Extreme fishing circles.

Bluefish caught in the southern Oman during a shore fishing charters Oman

Skate

The Common stingray (Dasyatis Pastinaca) can grow to 2 m in length. It mostly navigates in waters of between 5 m and 60 m, feeding on small fish and invertebrates. Its very poisonous sting places it in the ‘dangerous species’ category.

A Stingray leopard color weighing 50 kg caught with half a bonita as bait while shore fishing charters in southern Oman fishing. All these fishing chartres Oman are organise by GT Fishing Oman
A Stingray weighing 130 kg caught with half a mullet as bait while shore fishing charters in southern Oman fishing. All these fishing chartres Oman are organise by GT Fishing Oman

The Giant Guitarfish (Rhynchobatus Djiddensis) can reach 3.5 m in length and weigh more than 200 kg. With its pointed snout, it could easily be mistaken for a shark, even more so because it swims in a similar manner. Often found buried in the sand, it hunts shellfish, cephalopods and deep sea fish.

Skate is fished using sardines or pieces of bonitos as bait.



Fishing in Oman

All the mountings for fishing :

- GT or Giant Trevally

- Stingray

- Bluefish, Grupper, Amberjack, Tuna

Hitparade of «Trophy Fish» :

- GT / Giant Trevally

- Grouper

- Stingray

- Amberjack

- Tuna

Accommodations

- on the island of Al Hallaniyat

- in a room on the coast

- in private ' Hawar Lodge ' on the coast

- Camping in the wild