SUDAN FISHING: NUBIAN REEF

FISH & SEASON

The journey starts from Port Sudan, southward on board of M/Y Scuba Libre.
Sudanese area is one of the current pure unfished destinations; it comes with a 650 km coastline bordering the Red Sea and it is almost uninhabited.
As the coast offers a wide range of sceneries and seascapes (such as deepwater reef, shallow water reef, flat, lagoon, mangroves and Coral) it is possible being involved in many sport fishing as well as to spot a broad variety of fish (GTs, Coral Trout, Grouper, Emperor, Barracuda, Red Snapper, Napoleon Wrasse, Black Tip Shark, Grey Shark, Silky Shark, a remarkable population of Dogtooth Tuna, Bluefin Trevally, Titan Triggerfish, Giant Humphead Parrotfish, blue trevally and Bonefish).
Because of the rainy season between July and September, the best times to visit Sudan are October/November and from March to June.
Wild Sea Expedition guarantees the best equipment in order to fish and visit a wide range of enchanting areas.
Since we have extensively operated over the past years and we have deepened our knowledge of Sudanese area, Wild Sea Expedition guarantees the best service in a safe environment.

Only barbless hook are allowed, for the safety on board and in respect of the fish

OUR BOAT

M / Y Scuba Libre

– Steel catamaran built in Lancaster UK and renovated in 2013.
– 18 meters lenght and 7 meters width
– 4 double cabins and 2 twin cabins
– 3 bathrooms with shower and 1 shower on deck to wash rods and reels after fishing – Lounge of 30 m2. Very comfortable, with air conditioned.
– 2 Aifo engines 115 hp, mod. 2006.
– 4,500 liters storage and watermaker 300 lt/hour.
– 2 generators perkins of 16 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 plus 1 spear outbord engine
– 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 drink and ice maker

TRIP SCHEDULE

STANDARD TRIP

The standard trip include 6 full days of fishing, fishing every day a different area. To reduce the fishing pressure we change zone week by week.
Day 1: arrive in Port Sudan at 16:00 Pm, 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.

EXTENDED & DISCOVERY TRIP

The extended trip include 13 full days of fishing, so it will be possible to discover very remote areas almost completly unfished. In this trip you will visit the most virgin water of Sudan, the further from the cost and the closest to the border of Eritrea. During this journey it will be possible to visit the best areas for jigging and the best areas for popping.
Day 1: arrive in Port Sudan at 16:00 Pm, transfer to the boat, start navigation during the night to reach the fishing ground.
Day 2 to day 14: 13 full days of fishing, coming back in the port in the evening of the last day.
Day 15: breakfast and lunch on board, transfer to the airport after lunch.

HOW TO GET THERE

Right now the best option to reach Port Sudan is flight via Dubai with Emirates or other company. From Dubai to Port Sudan exist only one flight every week on Monday with Fly Dubai, departing from Dubai at 13.00 Pm.
Flyng with Emirates allows you to charge 30 kg of luggage on Fly Dubai flight.

SAFETY AND HEALTH

The coastal side and generally the north of Sudan, are safe areas for tourism, there is not war or other sfafey problem, the local people are very quiet, and many tourist visit the mainland every year. Also the sea is completely safe, the pirates doesn’t exist in this area.
About the guests safety, the fishing guides are trained in emergency first response.
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.

VACCINATION


None vaccinations is required for this trip

VISA


We do tourism VISA with your passport copy by email.

WHAT’S INCLUDED


– Accommodation in double cabins on MY Scuba Libre, full board.
– Cruise leaving and returning to Port Sudan.
– Transfer to and from the airport in Port Sudan.
– 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

– Popping
As the seaward side of Sudanese costal is thick with coral reef, seawater offers a wide variety of fish. Wild Sea Expedition is fully learned in both popping and lure casting.
On popper is possible to hook GTs, Red Snapper, Coral Trout, different kind of Grouper and Emperor, big Barracuda, Napoleon Wrasse, Dogtooth Tuna and Shark.
ROD: you will need a 170-200 gr rod able to hold 8-10 kg of drag, and a 100-120 gr rod to fish with 6 kg of drag
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 80-100 lb braid and 200 lb shock leader, for light popping a 65 lb line with a 120 lb leader work well. To connect braid and leader we suggest PR knot.
LURES: noisy popper from 80 to 140 gr, floating stickbait about 18-24 cm and sinking stickbait from 80
to 150 gr.
TERMINAL TACKLE: as hook we recommend Owner ST66 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 5/0 7/0 8/0 and 10/0, Owner SJ51 7/0 and 9/0 and SJ41 9/0 11/0 and 13/0, Fisherman Spinoza 9/0 11/0 and 13/0 and Hot’s Otoko 6/0 9/0 11/0. As split ring we recommend Owner size 9, 10 and 11.

– Jigging
Jigging is likely the most productive technique in Sudan; many big fishes are hooked weekly.
It is well impressive the stunning concentration of Dogtooth Tuna over the Sudanese Red Sea, indeed it is quite common to hook 4 Doggy at the same time during the first drop.
Probably Sudan represent today one of last good fisheries for big doggy, thanks to the structure of the drop off and the low professional fishing.
The medium size is between 7 and 15 kg, even if a number of bigger ones has been recently spotted.
Other species are caught on jigging too, however tuna represents the big majority of the catch.
ROD: the best is get two rods, one iin the 300 gr range, Instead a good equipment to fight whit submarine is a powerfull rod for 400-500 gr,
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 6-8 (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 300 gr.
TERMINAL TACKLE:There are many hook on the market, but we recomend Fisherman, Hots, Gamakatsu and Decoy.

– Shore and flat fishing
In terms of wading, we strongly recommend:
– Walking in the flat along with your medium-light rod and looking for Triggerfish, Giant Humpback Parrotfish, GT, different kind of Trevally and Barracuda.
– getting off the islands and walking on the reef’s edge, carrying your heavy equipment and casting outside to tempt the chance whit big GT, Napoleon, Barracuda and Shark, all fish that caught from shore can provide a considerable dose of excitement and adrenaline.
ROD: for sight fishing the best equipment is composed by a ¾ ounce
REELS: the best option can be a medium-light reel like Stella 5000 or other reels of the same size with decent drag and gear.
LINE: 20-30 lb braid line and a 40-50 lb shock leader.
LURES:a good selection is composed by some minnow and lipless minnow, small popper and stick of 10-12 cm, some metal jig and some jig head setted whit soft bait.
Expecially for the Giant Parrotfish, a soft crab assembled whit an heavy duty hook and some lead can be the definitive solution.
Fishing from the reef’s edge is possible to use the same tackle from offshore fishing, the best lures in these condition are sinking stickbait around 100 gr and pencil bait of the same size.