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Top Game Fish Types in Doha – Bounties of the Ocean

Ancient fishing port Doha always had connections with the sea. Tourists heading out into the blue waters of the Persian Gulf on a fishing trip, find it an excellent means of escape and relaxation.

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The Persian Gulf Grouper

The Persian Gulf Grouper

Better known as the Brown Spotted Reef Cod, the Brown Spotted Grouper is called the souman in Persian dialect. This fish belongs to the Serranidae family and is common in the Persian Gulf. A full grown Brown Spotted Grouper will reach lengths of 12-75cms and can way up to 7kgs. Its natural habitat are the coral beds while its large pectoral and caudal fins help it to manoeuvre and move quite speedily through water. You can identify the fish by its pale green body covered in brown circular patches; the belly is a light green colour. Five dark brown bands are seen to circle the vertical diameter of the fish which when disturbed has the capacity to change colour in order to blend in to its surroundings. This grouper can open its mouth to the full diameter of its body. Favourite food includes cuttlefish, crabs and small fish. It hunts by hiding within cave openings and coral beds.

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White Sea Bass

White Sea Bass

The White Sea Bass is a popular game fish that has a mild flavour. It comprises of an elongated body and pointy compressed head. The mouth has a lower jaw that projects out and is slightly large with a row of small pointy teeth. The White Sea Bass can be bluish grey in colour with darker speckles and a silvery underside. The largest recorded specimen of this fish was over 5 feet in length. A White Sea Bass will feed on sardines, squid, anchovies and larger fish such as Pacific Mackerel.

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Red Snapper

Red Snapper

The Red Snapper is a named afforded to various genres of the Lutjanus fish. For instance the Northern Red Snapper is found around the Gulf of Mexico and western Atlantic Ocean while the Southern Red Snapper is found in the Caribbean. Red Snappers thriving within South East Asian waters too belong to the genre of Lutjanus fish. Of all water sports in Doha deep sea fishing is one of the most popular; the ancient port city and fishing village is well versed in the art of fishing, with luxury Doha resorts such as Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara offering state of the art vessels and experienced guides to take you out to open waters for a spot of exhilarating big game fishing.

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Black and White Snapper

Black and White Snapper

The Black and White Snapper fish or Macolor Niger is a fish native to the Indian Ocean and Pacific. It is found amidst reefs at depths of 2 to 90 metres. A full grown fish will reach a length of 30 inches and the body colour will vary from grey to black depending on its age. This fish is caught on a commercial basis and is a favourite when game fishing.

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Sea Bream

Sea Bream

The Yellowfin Seabream is the most common of this species found in the Persian Gulf. It dwells in shallow waters and is found from the Persian Gulf to India, Philippines and north Japan. This is a popular angling fish that thrives on molluscs, worms, crustaceans and echinoderms.

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