On an average day during tuna season what kind of action could be expected?
On an average day, 3-4 hooks ups could be expected. When the fishing is on fire, 10 to 15 strikes could be expected easily, landing every fish is a different story!
What sizes are the tunas you're catching?
Average size during the season is 40-60KG, smaller YF in the 10-20KG range are also encountered. This April, numerous specimens between the 70 and 100KG range were caught.
What is the biggest YFT landed on popping tackle on your two boats?
The three biggest went 77 KG, 83KG and 86KG.
What king of tackle (PE rating) do you recommend?
PE 5-6 is what we’ll be using for the 40 to 60KG class fish which are dominant during the month of April. Nevertheless, one heavy rod (PE8 to 10) could be required once the fish crosses that 70KG mark.
Which lures are amongst your favorites for YFT?
Halco Roosta Haymaker Popper, Carpenter Seafrog 120g, FCL Labo EbiPop 190 and 220, Tacklehouse Britt Sinking stickbait 98g. Native Works Napalm 200 or 220, Guston Super Knife 180.
Our rule of thumb:
Tuna feeding on baitfish (goggle eye or sardines): Stickbait/Poppers.
Tuna feeding on flying fish: Poppers.
Tuna feeding on Squid: Diving Poppers.
Can you hire tackle, or is it included – and if so, what kind of tackle do you offer?
Tackle is included (we offer 1 rod/reel per person). All our reels are Shimano Stellas 8k, 10k, 14k, 18k and 20k. Rods: Yamaga, Hots, Carpenter, Zenaq, Jigging Master, Saltywater Tackle Racepoint, Ripple Fisher.
Are there other species to fish for, and if so how do you fish for them?
Yes, mahi-mahi and sailfish – both of which can be targeted on topwater as well. We also have some inshore light tackle jigging for amberjacks, grouper, long-tail tuna and barracuda.
And finally: In Oman, is it possible to get a cold beer after fishing?
Yes, it's possible to get a cold beer after fishing :-)