Catch all the action as it happens with our weekly Farquhar fishing report.
As the first group of customers of the season arrived on Farquhar they where met all with smiles and enthusiasm by our guiding team who where all itching to get to work. Typical for this time of year is that fact the atoll host’s large numbers of fledging booby and sooty terns. This phenomenon attracts the attention of some really large GT’s that patrol the edges of the islands, opportunistically feeding on weak birds that land in the water. Witnessing nature’s way of dealing with the weak is a privilege to witness, an event only matched by the exciting fishing that transpired.
Subsequently targeting these massive GT’s is made easier as their large dark bodies contrast well against the white sand flats which surround the islands, which soon had our customers very excited as it showcased just how good our world class GT fishing is.
Some of the most amazing saltwater fly fishing is found on Farquhar in the Seychelles
Releasing a nice GT from Farquhar
The Triggers too were present in good numbers, with father and son combination Tony and Hamilton taking full advantage on the first day, both bagging exceptional specimens. Tony’s fish measured a whopping 59cm while Hamilton’s came in at 51cm. Both these fish were tailing in skinny water and moved quickly onto the crab patterns that were presented to them.
Another Father and son combination were familiar faces to Farquhar, Ben and Zack. They too landed a memorable double on one day, this time it was two GT’s over the 1m mark. Having fished numerous Seychelles destinations over the years, both achieved their personal bests on the same day with Ben’s fish measuring 106cm and Zack’s a respectable 104cm. Surely a father and son memory that will last a lifetime. Congrats guys!
This is what saltwater fly fishing is all about
This customer looks very happy, why don’t you come and join us?
Epic moments did not stop there however, with Bob and Richard landing two monstrous GT’s, the fish measuring 119cm and 113cm respectfully. Oakley also managed to bag two GT’s in quick succession on the same day, both of which were taken off the back of feeding stingrays. Richard ended with a further two GT’s for the week, the fish measuring 96cm and 79cm. With the large numbers of GT’s being seen on the flats the rest of our guests including Hamilton, Zack, Tony, Tarlton and Clarke all capitalized on opportunities that were presented.
Bumphead Parrotfish and one very customer and guide
Why has everything always got teeth?
Farquhar’s other iconic species the Bumphead Parrotfish however had most the guests guessing throughout the week. Their numbers on the flats increased during the week as the tides shifted from springs to neaps, however only Zack and Bob were fortunate enough to hook and most importantly land one, their fish measuring 107cm and 108cm respectfully. Stories however never ceased around the dinner tables, as tales of lost fish circulated amongst the group.
In true Farquhar fashion, the myriad of other flats and reef fish species that frequent the bommies, islands etc kept our anglers busy during the higher tides, with some exceptional Bohar Snapper and African Marbled Groupers being caught. Similarly, the underrated Bonefish fishery that Farquhar as to offer kept the rods bending and reels screaming.
All in all it was a terrific week with a terrific group of people.
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