DJIBOUTI POPPING FISHING
Fish and season
Popping Fishing in Djibouti is one of the last frontiers for the fanatic Gt hunters, for sure.
The strategical position between the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, makes the sea extremely rich in terms of nutrients, current and passage of pelagic between the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea.
Despite it’s quite easy to reach, best fishing spots haven’t still been exploited.
Total absence of human structure on the coastline makes this place really unique and pristine and uncontaminated.
Wild Sea Expedition is proud to be the first operator to offer a live-board trip to the two main spots for fishing in Djibouti, both world class and really unique:
the Seven Brothers Archipelago and the Passe of Goubet.
The Seven Brothers are six small rocky islands right in the middle of the Bab el Mandeb strait (connecting the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden), and they are considered one of the best Gt place in the world.
Current is always pushing and baitfish are present in huge quantity, but the real highlight of the place is the fact that Gt come around the islands in spring to spawn, and they are present in huge quantity and huge size too, fish over 60 kg have been caught already.
The Seven Brothers are also the best spot in the world for shore fishing for Gt, because of the very good shape of the coast, that’s very flat and easy to wade.
The other spot we will fish is the Passe of Goubet, that’s absolutely one of the most crazy and spectacular spot in the world for popping.
It’s a small channel between two seas, with a small island in the middle, and since the place is very tidal, the current can be really unbelievable and you will think to fish in a Himalayan river, while fighting hard in raging tides of water. The best season is April, May, June and October is also good.
Main targets in Djibouti fishing trips are Gt, but everything else is present : Snappers, Groupers, Tunas, Spanish Mackerels, Napoleon, with a good number of Sailfish and monster Triggerfish to try on the fly.
Fly fishing is also possible for Gt in some flats.
Only barbless hook are allowed, for safety on board and respect of the fish.
M/Y Scuba Libre
-Steel catamaran built in Lancaster UK and renovated in 2016.
-18 meters lenght and 7 meters width
– 4 double cabins and 2 twin cabins
– 3 bathrooms with shower
– 1 shower on deck to wash rods and reels after fishing
-Lounge of 30 m2. Very comfortable, LCD TV, video, stereo,DVD and air conditioned.
-2 Aifo engines 115 hp, mod. 2006
-4,500 liters storage and watermaker 100 lt/hour
-2 generators (1 to 16 kw, 1 to 6 kw)
-Voltage: 24 v. ,220 v.
-Electronic: GPS, plotter, autopilot, depth sounder,VHF, SSB, and GSM SATELLITE PHONE
-2 fiberglass fishing boat of 7 mt. equipped whit 40 hp engines for fishing and transfers.
-Italian trained cook, wide variety of food and dishes and food imported from Italy:
pasta, pizza, lasagne, chicken, goat, beef, many kind of fresh fruit and vegetable, cake, crepes.
-Selection of alcoholic and analcoholic drinks
The standard trip include 6 full days for fishing Djibouti , fishing every day a different area. To reduce the fishing pressure we change zone during the week.
Day 1: arrive in Djibouti , transfer to the boat, start navigation during the night to reach the fishing ground.
Day 2 to day 7: 6 full days of fishing, coming back in the port in the evening of the last day.
Day 8: breakfast and lunch on board, transfer to the airport after lunch.
Also more days fishing are possible in according with the request of groups.
How to get there
Djibouti is very well connected, the best solution is Turkish Airways with daily flight via Istanbul, but also other companies like Fly Dubai are operating often.
Safety and healt
Djibouti is one of safest country in Africa, since his strategical position all the military forces from various countries are heavily present, in the mainland and in the sea. The main city and all the country are very safe to visit and the sea is heavily patroled by navy ships, making this place extremely safe.
All clients are asked to arrive covered by travel/medical insurance for the trip.Furthermore all guests will sign a disclosure wavering Sealand Adventures Ltd of any liability due to any accident.
None vaccinations is required for this trip
-Accommodation in double cabins, full board.
-Cruise leaving and returning in Djibouti and Khor Angar.
-Transfer to and from the airport to boat.
-Mineral water, tea / coffee / juice included.
The price does not include
-Soft drink and alcoholic drink
-Tips and expense of personal nature
TECNIQUE AND EQUIPMENT
On popper is possible to hook GTs, Red Snapper, different kind of Grouper and Emperor, big Barracuda,Spanish Mackarell, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi and Shark.
ROD: you will need a 200-250 gr rod for PE 10 or 12 able to hold 12-14 kg of drag, and a 100-120 gr rod to fish with 6 kg of drag for lighter popping.
REELS: for heavy popping Stella 10000 FA, 18000 SW or Saltiga 6000, for light popping Stella 8000 FA, Stella 10000 SW and Saltiga 4500
LINE AND LEADER: for heavy popping 100-130 lb braid and 200 lb shock leader, for light popping a 65 lb line with a 120 lb leader works well. To connect braid and leader we suggest PR knot.
LURES: noisy popper from 130 gr to 200 gr, floating stickbait about 18 to 30 cm and sinking stickbait from 100 to 200 gr.
TERMINAL TACKLE: as hook we recommend Owner ST76 4/0 and 5/0, for the smaller lures Owner ST76 3/0 are a better option. A good choice are also single hook for popping, like Decoy Cutclass 8/0 and 10/0, Owner SJ51 7/0 and 9/0 and SJ41 9/0 11/0 and 13/0, Fisherman Spinoza 13/0 and Hot’s Otoko 9/0 11/0. As split ring we recommend Owner size 10 and 11.
Jigging can be really productive, we usually don’t jig very deep, while in Goubet the jigging is done in shallow water, from 30 to 50 mt, in very heavy current, where you need very heavy jigs to reach the bottom. On jigging is possible to hook huge Gt.
ROD: the best is get two rods, one in the 300 gr range, and more important is a good equipment to fight whit submarine, powerfull rod for 400-500 gr with PE 8.
REELS: on the medium rod is possible to use a medium reel like Shimano Stella SW 10000 or other reels of same size, or conventional reels with high retrieve ratio. On the powerful rod you will need a Stella 20000 SW or 18000 SW for speed jigging.
LINE: for medium jigging a 50-60 lb line, for heavy tackle the best option is a PE 8 (80-100 lb)
JIG: the ‘must have’ jig are the Williamson Benthos, river to sea Sea Rock, Hooker from Sevenseas, Hots Y2, Maria Deep Sea Flower. Size from 180 to 500 gr.
TERMINAL TACKLE: There are many hook on the market, but we reccomend Fisherman, Hots, Gamakatsu and Decoy.
Shore fishing and light tackle
Djibouti and specially the Seven Brothers archipelago is probably the best place in the world for heavy shore fishing, dedicated to Gt and other species like Barracuda, Snappers, Triggerfish, and we had the chance to cast on Sailfish and other pelagics from shore. The shape of the rocky coast makes the place very easy to wade and fish, you just need sporting shoes and a backpack to carry few lures, leader and water.
Light casting from rocks is possible for monster Triggerfish and Emperors
For light casting we have some spot where we can target big Queenfish from the shore, plus small Gt, Mangrove Jack and Barracuda at the mouth of some big Mangroves lagoon.
In some spots is also possible to cast for big Mahi Mahi and other bluewater species.TACKLE: we suggest the same equipment for heavy popping to target GT from the shore. For light casting a rod for PE2 with a good 30-40 Lb line and some small lures ( minnows and topwater) will do the job