Head down to the Red Sea this weekend to witness the Sahl Hasheesh Fishing Tournament, the first competition of its kind in Egypt, joined by the top fishing pioneers in the country.
We didn’t know there was such a thing as fishing competitions, let alone one in Egypt. Sahl Hasheesh is throwing a two-day fishing competition, the first of its kind in Egypt, this Thursday the 18th for fishing fanatics. The private event will be bringing together Egypt’s top fishing pioneers under one roof - one sky? - for the first time. “These people all have boats and go fishing on a weekly – if not daily – basis,” says Hany Sadek from Red Sea Anglers, one of the entities behind the nautical competition. “They have never taken part in any competitions, so everyone is pretty excited.” The 15 participating teams will be competing for some fancy awards - we can't reveal quite yet what the prizes are but stay tuned for some big surprises. They're so impressive we might randomly start taking up fishing as a hobby *wink*.
Sahl Hasheesh is planning to host the tournament annually to attract all fishing enthusiasts from Egypt and abroad, in the hopes of one day making it an international event. The competitive edge of this competition, as opposed to others around the world, comes from our very own Red Sea. The Red Sea has over 300 species of fish, 10 per cent of which are not found anywhere else in the world. Pretty cool huh? Sahl Hasheesh is also located near some of the best fishing spots in the world, including the one and only unique Yellowfin Tuna home. “We have one of the best marine biodiversity fishing spots in the world, and all the necessary tools and resources to host huge international competitions,” says Sadek. “It’s a real shame that we’re not taking advantage of this as; it can really support tourism and real estate growth in Egypt.” Another sweet fact about this competition is that all the fish will be donated to the Egyptian Food Bank, so it’s a win-win for everybody, really.
So, if you want to take some time off this weekend to unwind and watch the teams compete for some awesome prizes, head down to Sahl Hasheesh for this one-of-a-kind event.
Stay up to date with the event on Sahl Hasheesh's Facebook page here or follow them on Instagram @sahlhasheesheg.