Southern Oman Inshore

Land of the Monsters, Hallaniyat Island Oman

Oman Introduction

Many centuries before the country of Oman was formed, Muscat, its current capital, was a prosperous trading center and an influential regional city. Located on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman occupies a strategic position at the entrance to the Arabian Gulf.

Shortly after Qaboos bin Said Al Said replaced his father (in 1970) and took control of the country, this ancient land gained its complete independence. Among needed changes, the new sultan’s priorities were social changes, as well as the modernization of the infrastructure and the improvement of its established oil industry. Then, in the early 1980s, this long closed country (for visitors and western businesses) opened its doors to the outside world and to tourism. Oman is now one of the most hospitable countries with a rich tradition and culture that is warm and welcoming.

Hallaniyat Island

About 40km off the coast of Dhofar, due east of Hasik, lie the Khuriya Muriya: a miniature archipelago consisting of five islands clustered around the main Hallaniyah Island (hence their alternative name, the Hallaniyah – or Hallaniyat – Islands), which is also the location of the islands’ only permanent settlement.

The Khuriya Muriya have a rather curious history. In 1854, Sultan Said ceded the islands to the British after they had proposed a scheme for harvesting guano from them (the foreign secretary, Lord Clarendon, it is said, reciprocated the sultan’s largesse by sending him a snuffbox in return). Guano was extracted for only a few years, however, and the islands were subsequently attached to the Aden Settlement, in what is now Yemen. They remained a British possession until 1967, when they were returned to Oman – despite Yemeni claims that, as part of the former Aden administration, they properly belonged to them.

Fishing Hallaniyat Island

Ocean Active has been running fishing charters and trips in Oman for over a decade and has a wealth of experience throughout Oman. There are several different environments in Oman and species to target. The Musandam in the North and Hallaniyat Islands in the South are two very unique destinations that offer some of the best GT fishing in the World. The Hallaniyat Islands have made a big impact on the fishing community with the shear number of huge GTs caught.

Hallaniyat Islands is a hardcore and extreme destination. This trip is not for the faint hearted and physically challenging. This is what GT Popping is all about! The equipment we suggest is heavy duty and listed out in our equipment list. But we don’t suggest anything less than 100lbs braid and 220lbs leaders. You will be fishing shallow reefs between 2-8m and there are no drop offs so there is no possibility to truck and trailer a fish. You have to rely on your own strength and the boat skill of one of the Ocean Active Guides to get the fish to the boat.

Fishing Equipment

For the lures, poppers seem to work best and in the 170gr+ range. We have found that the 180gr Ocean Active Cubera Poppers worked well as they pop well and hold the surface well. When the sea conditions are rough then we have found that stickbaits do work. We have used the 200gr Ocean Active Ulua which worked well with heavier hooks to hold the surface. Colour wise silver, red, pink, orange and blue have all worked well.

Terminal tackle is extremely important and we have opened up almost every hook we have tried but we have found that due to the shear size of the fish we have had to try use the biggest hooks possible for when the fish are hitting and holding onto the lures and no matter how had you strike the fish the hooks don’t set! Hooks we suggest are Decoy, Gama GT Recorders, Owner ST76 and Owner ST66. Split rings minimum 250lbs, swivels minimum 350lbs.

Fishing Boats

We use a new custom built Sapphire Marine Center Console boat with twin 250hp four stroke Yamaha engines. The boat is fully kitted with Garmin Electronics, safety gear, a large number or rod holders to store all the rods and has high gunnels to help with fighting big fish and taking on big weather.

Fishing Boats

We use a new custom built Sapphire Marine Center Console boat with twin 250hp four stroke Yamaha engines. The boat is fully kitted with Garmin Electronics, safety gear, a large number or rod holders to store all the rods and has high gunnels to help with fighting big fish and taking on big weather.

Equipment List