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Queenfish Fly Fishing Holidays

Queenfish or also known as Quinine’s feed on small baitfish and crustaceans, normally found in shallow water. They can be found in depths up to 180 feet. Queenfish are often targeted by saltwater fly fishermen. Walking along the edge of saltwater flats, Queenfish can be found just on the drop off and will often follow / chase a fly cast over the edge right up to your feet. They are great little fighters that produce many jumps, twisting and turning, trying to shed your hook.

Arabian Fly | Saltwater Fly Fishing | Oman

Fly fishing Oman's vast coastline gives anglers the opportunity to catch a multitude of the different species that inhabit the Arabian sea. Our guides have a huge amount of knowledge regarding fly fishing for the different species and have played a huge part in pioneering the targeting of some of these! A perfect destination for any small group wishing to experience the hospitality that this area is famed for as well as world-class saltwater fishing... Read more

  Category: Fishing Holidays, Saltwater Fly Fishing
   Season: October to May

Ikari House | Hosted Saltwater Fly Fishing Adventures | Christmas Island

Our famous hosted trips to Christmas island have become legendary, they offer you the best saltwater fly fishing along with world class popper, jig fishing. Combine this with light offshore trolling provides one of the most diverse fisheries in the world. A fishing adventure that should not be missed at any cost... Read more

  Category: Big Game Fishing, Hosted Fishing, Popper & Jig Fishing, Saltwater Fly Fishing, Hosted Guided Fly Fishing Trips, Hosted Hosted Popper, Jig & Big Game Fishing Holidays, Hosted Saltwater Fly Fishing
   Season: September to October
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Additional Information

Name: Queenfish
Also known as: Giant Queenfish, Talang Queenfish, Leatherskin
Scientific name: Scomberoides Lysan


The body and head have a dusky green to a bluish back grey to silver coloured belly. The larger individuals are often golden, especially towards the belly, the sides have five to eight large, dull blotches above or touching the lateral line and the first two may intersect the lateral line. The dorsal and anal fins are a dusky colour.

Average Size

The giant Queenfish reaches sizes of over 30lb but the average you will catch is around the 10lb mark.

Where to catch

Queenfish are predominately found around the coastline of Australia. They can also be found in the South Pacific around many of the inshore marks in countries like Oman and also Christmas island.

Fishing methods

The Queenfish is a highly predatory fish so methods are need that can tap into its predatory instincts. Lure fishing is a very popular methos with anglers casting lures at structure like piers and reefs. Surface popping is  another very popular method and this exciting way of fishing accounts for many fish in shallow water. Fishing with flys is another great way to target the Queenfish with large fish imitations working very well when fished over shallow flats or towards structure in the water.

Watching Queenfish crash surface lures is superbly entertaining, sometimes they will dart all around lures without striking which means it is time for a change. If using a surface lure this may mean a change to a sub-surface offering and they will take smaller lures. Varying the retrieve is another good option. Small metals and lead-head jigs are other good options. Queenfish can be quite flighty and move around a lot, one moment they will be everywhere in front of you and the next they will have all but disappeared.

A good time to target them is around the turn of the tide and they love areas where there are strong currents, causing eddies and rips. In shallow flats areas do not be scared to fish shallow water as the tide rises as these fish will readily patrol these areas looking for food.



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