After I posted about fishfishme service, I was contacted by one of its owners to see if I was interested into taking a fishing trip with him and experience the whole thing. I’m not a fishing guy nor do I have any idea how to fish, which actually made me more inclined to accept the offer. We sailed off at around 9a.m in the morning and the weather was just right.
Before you go fishing you need to pass by the fish market to buy some bait, we basically just got a few kg’s of shrimp. There are other options but shrimp is the most popular. It didn’t cost much, the shrimp shouldn’t cost you more than KD 5 in total for a 3 – 5 hour trip. You will also need a fishing line, those are normally provided by who ever you rented the boat from.
Fishing line’s vary in length, material, and weight. The thicker the cord the stronger it is, thick cords are used to catch big aggressive fish like the grouper (هامور). Keep in mind the thicker the cord the more visible it is to fish. Fishing line’s have a small rock to push the cord downwards until it hits the surface. After that you just wait, and wait, and wait until you feel something pulling the cord. I only had to wait a few minutes on the first try.
How you attach the bait on the hook that’s located at the end of the cord is very important. It should be very firm, if it’s not attached properly the bait will either fall off under sea or it will be fairly easy for the fish to bite off without getting caught. The fishing line I used had two hooks so I could catch two fish in one go so to speak. Hooks also vary in size, the bigger the hook the bigger the fish. Small fish are hard to catch with big hooks.
It took me less than 10 minutes to catch a fish on my first try. Sadly the fish was too small so we had to throw it back whilst it was still alive. You can see the metal cone which is what pulls the cord down under sea like I explained earlier. What’s annoying about the cord is if you catch a fish it will tangle up and takes a while to untangle and throw back again. Experienced fishermen don’t deal with that though.
The amount of bee’s at the middle of nowhere took me by surprise. There was an unusually large amount of bee’s regardless of what area we were fishing. So much so that they started disrupting whatever I was doing. I didn’t mind the small ones, but when the big ones passed by to say hi, my facial expression was of distress. I asked about the bee’s and the guy said this is the first time he encounters this issue.
The area we first settled in didn’t get us much, mostly small fish that we threw back or even worse, a stubborn catfish. Then we got a phone call about an area that’s good for fishing at the time. After we moved over there it was just a matter of minutes till I caught my first decent fish. Although that thing looks aggressive on the photo he wasn’t that hard to catch. Had already imagined him on a plate with rice.
We caught a good share of fish, 3 different species. In total there were around 12 fishes and I caught about half of them. I’d say I’ve done pretty well on my first go. The boat we rented from fishfishme service costs KD 45. Boats normally sale between 8am/9am or 3pm/4pm. I did the math and I think it would cost around KD 60 – 70 total for the entire experience, cut costs way less when it’s a group pitching in.
Alas, it was time to eat the fish and it was really good, not sure if it was my subconscious mind forcing me to think that way since I was the one who caught them. I’m definitely willing to do this again with some friends. It’s worth noting fishing needs a lot of patience and depends on luck a lot of the time. My next objective although maybe impossible is to catch a Zubaidi.