There is no fishing destination on earth quite like the Nubian flats in Sudan. From the extraordinary back drop of red desert mountains to the stunning crystal clear waters of the Red Sea, I have never experienced quite such a scenic contrast.
What we found in Sudan has us as excited as our early live aboard expeditions into the Indian Ocean. Our focus was triggerfish, anything else was going to be a bonus species. They are tricky little guys, the Jack Russell of the fish world. Each one has a character and they punch well above their weight. Cruising around the Red Sea on a live aboard, not wearing shoes, exploring new flats and targeting my favourite species … it had the makings of a perfect week. Add to that, the fact that you are completely unplugged from internet and mobile services, it is the ideal opportunity to unwind, relax and immerse yourself in your fishing. The route in is extremely simple with a direct flight to Dubai on Emirates followed by a connecting flight to Port Sudan. The fishing we experienced far exceeded anything we could have hoped for. Triggerfishing is difficult. I liken them to “an attainable permit”, primarily due to the high number of shots you get. As your tidal window in Sudan is small, on the Nubian Flats you can cast at triggers all day. With such a small tidal movement, the triggerfish remain settled and feeding. This is without a shadow of a doubt the finest trigger fishery on the planet. Walking a flat and seeing multiple tailing triggers will be a sight I shall never forget, and one that I dearly wish to repeat.None of us had any clue how good the GT fishing would be. It is possible to walk the drop off on some of these flats and pinnacles and it is here that you will encounter GTs with an average size of perhaps 60-75 cm. The island areas we staked out and sight fished for GTs marauding the baitfish packed against the edges. On the edges we teased into the blue water raising everything from GTs and massive bluefin trevally to dogtooth tuna. The coral on this edge is rough and slippery. However the rewards are well worth it and we returned with some insane war stories, bust tackle, cut lines and shattered egos. Over a two week period, we landed over 16 GTs each week with many more lost.
The Nubian flats are an extraordinary place, untouched by man and are a vast virginal saltwater playground. At a very reasonable price this is the nearest saltwater flats fishery to Europe and if you are looking for your next saltwater adventure it should be on your list.
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