Introduction Fishing is not just a hobby but a passion for many in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). With its vast coastline and rich marine life, the UAE is a paradise for fishing enthusiasts. To make the most out of your fishing trips, it is essential to have the right gear and equipment. Recently, the Australian Fishing Trade Association (AFTA) Tackle Show showcased some of the best fishing products in various categories. Here are the top five must-have products for boat fishers in the UAE:

  1. Minn Kota Instinct Electric Motor The Minn Kota Instinct Electric Motor is a game-changer for serious offshore fishers in the UAE. This innovative electric trolling motor features 24V and 36V Quest Series brushless motors, an advanced GPS Trolling System, and self-deploy and stow functions. It is designed for demanding end use, making it perfect for savvy offshore fishers who prefer to spot lock over their fishing grounds with a bow-mounted electric motor rather than anchoring. The Instinct comes in shaft lengths up to 2.54 meters (100 inches), making it suitable for larger offshore vessels and rougher sea conditions.
  2. Wilson Electric Assist Wecom3 Combo Deep drop fishing is a popular activity in the UAE, targeting species such as blue-eye cod (trevalla), gemfish, hapuka, ling, and bass groper. The Wilson Electric Assist Wecom3 Combo revolutionizes deep drop fishing by eliminating the need for anglers to wear themselves out cranking rigs or hooked fish hundreds of meters to the surface. This unique and competitively priced electric deep-dropping rod-and-reel combo allows anglers to do it all with the push of a button or the flick of a switch.
  3. Ocean’s Legacy Keeling Pop Popper Surface lure fishing, or ‘popping,’ is an immensely popular pursuit in the UAE, targeting high-powered saltwater species such as giant trevally (GTs), Spanish mackerel, queenfish, cobia, and yellowtail kingfish. The Ocean’s Legacy Keeling Pop Popper is a brilliant chugger or popper that won the Best Game Fishing Lure category at the AFTA Tackle Show. It caters to the growing army of popping fans in the UAE and is a must-have for any angler targeting surface-feeding predators.
  4. Shimano Speedmaster Game Rod The Shimano Speedmaster Game Rod is a tournament-level game, sport, and deep-drop fishing rod that features the market leader’s extra-strong but lightweight TC4 blank technology. Matched up with top-quality Fuji SiC guides and AFTCO Roller Tips, it delivers exceptional performance in a very eye-catching package. This rod earned Shimano the Best Game Fishing Rod award at the AFTA Tackle Show and is a must-have for any serious angler in the UAE.
  5. Huk Rogue Wave Boot The Huk Rogue Wave Boot is designed to take on the harshest conditions encountered during fishing trips in the UAE. Constructed of tough neoprene and EVA, it features a unique Grip-X Slice tread pattern for maximum traction on all surfaces, wet or dry. Importantly, it won’t mark decks or docks, and the breathable mesh liner helps keep feet warm and dry in any weather.

Conclusion: Equipping yourself with the right gear is essential for a successful fishing trip in the UAE. These top five products from the AFTA Tackle Show are must-haves for any serious boat fisher in the region. Whether you are deep drop fishing, popping, or targeting offshore species, these products will enhance your fishing experience and increase your chances of landing that trophy catch.