2024 El Gouna IGFA Red Sea Championship Recap

The inaugural El Gouna IGFA Red Sea Championship was hosted from February 14-17, 2024, out of the coastal city of El Gouna located in northeastern Egypt on the Red Sea. This event was a major milestone achieved by the IGFA’s passionate and dedicated network of supporters in the region.

The tournament began on Wednesday, February 14th with the captain’s meeting and kick-off celebration held at the beautiful facilities at the El Gouna Marina, and welcomed guests from seven different countries including Scotland, South Africa, Lebanon, Italy, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, and the host country of Egypt.

Fishing began on the morning of Thursday, February 15th, with boats departing the marina and heading north to the fishing grounds. Despite windy conditions, teams fished for two and a half days, experiencing consistent action on dolphinfish, mackerel, barracuda, trevally, amberjack, and other species.

Egyptian team Makadi Heights took the honors of First Place Team, with a total of 96.55 total points.

The inaugural event concluded on Saturday, February 17th with the weigh-in, luncheon, and awards ceremony which were also held at the El Gouna Marina. Egyptian team Makadi Heights took the honors of First Place Team, with a total of 96.55 total points, anchored by a strong performance from team member Ahmed Hussein El Helw who personally contributed 72.4 points to the team, and took home the First Place Angler award. 

The IGFA would like to thank Red Sea Anglers and IGFA Representative and Tournament Director Ahmed Mitkees for the execution and planning of this world-class event. Additionally, the IGFA would like to thank IGFA Trustee and President of the Egyptian Angling Federation Mohamed Kaddah, and IGFA Representatives Omar Khalifa, Karim Sherif, and Hany Sadek for their leadership and support in executing this inaugural tournament. Please stay tuned for announcements regarding the 2025 dates!

The full team and individual scoring is outlined below.