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Popper & Lure Fishing | Gabon | Africa

Overview

Tour code: GAB001

With popper and lure fishing fast becoming the biggest technique practised amongst the travelling angler, we have searched high and low to be able to offer you some of the finest and sometimes out of the ordinary holidays this wonderful planet has to offer. Gabon has been on our radar for a while now and it is with great pleasure that we have now got the opportunity to be able to offer you the complete package to one of the best rock, surf and estuary fishing the world has to offer.If you take any activity and push it to the wildest edge, you create magic. Sport fishing along the pristine coastline of Gabon is definitely one such activity. Your need to fish wild and remote waters, to create your own magic, may well be what drives you.

Location

Gabon has the longest stretch of untouched coastline left on the African continent, and along with a massive estuary system rich in nutrients, offers the avid salt water fishermen the opportunity to experience the thrill of targeting the numerous and unique species of West Africa with both spin and fly tackle. The abundance of large and aggressive game fish, all eager to attack a well fished lure, is complimented by Africa’s most pristine tropical rain forest which creates the back drop to this one of a kind salt water fishing experience. Sette Cama camp, situated on the Ndogo Lagoon at the southern boundary of Loango National Park is a destination like no other.

Fishing

One of Africa’s largest lagoon systems draining into the tropical Atlantic ocean is home to aggressive Jacks (Whitefin and Jack Crevalle), giant African Threadfin, African Cubbera Snapper, Tarpon, Senegal Kob, and Guinean Barracuda all eager to attack a well placed lure or bait. Many of these species grow to more than 50 kg. The estuary (by boat) and adjacent beaches provide unparalleled fishing suited to anglers who like to cast artificials or a combination of lures and natural baits and even flies when conditions are right. So if you are looking for something a little different for your next adventure but still want to take huge fish then this place must be up there on your bucket lists. Its not all about the fishing either, we can organise guided walks in the nearby Loango National Park (made famous by National Geographic and BBC) where you will get the chance to see Chimpanzees, lowland Gorillas, Red River Hogs, Forest Sitatunga, and various forest duikers and Monkey species. If this list of exotic animals was not enough then you have got every chance of seeing Forest Elephants and Forest Buffalo talking their morning strolls along the beaches.

Guides

Whilst fishing in Gabon you will be guided along the way by local fishing guides who will be on hand to offer any advice that you may need to help you make your fishing holiday the best it can be.

If you have any questions on any of the popper and jig fishing holidays we offer then contact us in the office, our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Additionally, you can request a free brochure.

Accommodation
Sette Cama

The camp is on the boundary of the Loango National Park, offering a highly exclusive experience, in which to enjoy both the fishing and wildlife of this untouched venue.

Accommodation is simple chalets with twin configuration. Meals are enjoyed in the main living area, which includes a stocked bar and a deck overlooking the estuary.

Board: Full Board
Rooms: Twin Rooms
Internet: WiFi chargeable
Power: 220 - 240 Volts
Meals: In the main living area
Alcohol: Chargeable
Equipment Hire: Chargeable
Cash Accepted: Euros
Species Information
Longfin Jack
Season: November to April
Peak: November to April
Weight: 10LB to 45LB
Average Weight: 15LB
Jack Crevalle
Season: November to April
Peak: November to April
Weight: 10LB to 65LB
Average Weight: 22LB
African Threadfin
Season: November to April
Peak: November to April
Weight: 20LB to 110LB
Average Weight: 28LB
African Cubbera
Season: November to April
Peak: November to April
Weight: 20LB to 110LB
Average Weight: 28LB
Tarpon
Season: November to April
Peak: November to April
Weight: 40LB to 264LB
Average Weight: 150LB
Senegal Kob
Season: November to April
Peak: November to April
Weight: 10LB to 55LB
Average Weight: 22LB
Guinean Barracuda
Season: November to April
Peak: November to April
Weight: 10LB to 132LB
Average Weight: 20LB

Itinerary

Although the fishing has set weeks, we have daily flights departing from the UK therefore should you wish to either extend your stay with additional days at the beginning or end in Libreville, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

Day 1 - (Friday)

You will depart from the UK (alternative routes available) and arrive in Paris, Charles de Gaulle.

From Paris, you will fly to Libreville, Leon M’ba International.

On arrival, you will be met by an English speaking representative who will then transfer you to your overnight accommodation.

Overnight accommodation: Libreville Apartment (not included)

Day 2 - (Saturday)

At a pre-agreed time, you will be picked up and transferred to the airport for your private charter flight to Gamba.

You will depart Libreville, Leon M’ba International and arrive in Gamba.

Once you have arrived and collected your bags a representative from the camp will greet you and then transfer you to the camp via boat. This will take approximately 45mins.

The rest of the day is free for you to sort your fishing tackle out and rest for the following fishing days.

Overnight accommodation: Sette Cama Camp (Twin rooms) F/B

Days 3 & 4 - Fishing Days (Sunday & Monday)

The fishing days are generally split into two parts and are planned around the tides. You will depart after an early breakfast for your first session and start fishing before it gets light taking advantage of the feeding habits and tides.

You will then head back around mid-morning for a well-deserved siesta. The second session will start late afternoon and you will fish into darkness again taking advantage of the twilight feed.

Overnight accommodation: Sette Cama Camp (Twin room) F/B

Days 5 & 6 - Fishing Days (Tuesday & Wednesday)

On your fishing days you will be targeting some hard fighting fish so ensure all your tackle is up to the job. Our guides will take care of giving you helpful tips on the correct ways of setting things up. After each day keep your tackle well maintained, changing your leaders and making sure your hooks are sharp.

Overnight accommodation: Sette Cama Camp (Twin room) F/B

Days 7 & 8 - Fishing Days (Thursday & Friday)

Another great area to fish are the Estuaries, armed with lighter tackle these can be a great places to have a little rest from the huge ocean-dwelling species. You can expect to target Jack Crevalle, juvenile Snapper and the very toothy Barracuda.

This can be a very enjoyable break from the surf fishing plus you will be surrounded by stunning backdrops and you may even see some of the famous wildlife this area is renowned for.

Overnight accommodation: Sette Cama Camp (Twin room) F/B

Day 9 - (Saturday)

After you have checked out of the camp, we will transfer you via boat to Gamba airport. The transfer is approximately 45mins.

You will depart from Gamba and arrive in Libreville.

You will then be met by an English speaking representative who will take you to Libreville Leon M’ba International for your return flight back to the UK.

Depart Libreville, Leon M’ba International

Day 10 - (Sunday)

You will arrive in Paris, Charles de Gaulle, and depart back to the UK.

Arrive UK

Prices

Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently. Plus what’s more if you book with Sportquest Holidays your holiday is protect by our ATOL and the Travel Package Regulations Act. To see more details CLICK HERE.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
15/11/2019 24/11/2019 10 9 6.5 £5,358 N/A Enquire Now N/A
22/11/2019 01/12/2019 10 9 6.5 £5,358 N/A Sold Out N/A
29/11/2019 08/12/2019 10 9 6.5 £5,358 N/A Sold Out N/A
06/12/2019 15/12/2019 10 9 6.5 £5,358 N/A Enquire Now N/A
13/12/2019 22/12/2019 10 9 6.5 £5,508 N/A Enquire Now N/A
20/12/2019 29/12/2019 10 9 6.5 £5,478 N/A Sold Out N/A
27/12/2019 05/01/2020 10 9 6.5 £5,558 N/A Sold Out N/A
03/01/2020 12/01/2020 10 9 6.5 £5,408 N/A Enquire Now N/A
10/01/2020 19/01/2020 10 9 6.5 £5,358 N/A Enquire Now N/A
17/01/2020 26/01/2020 10 9 6.5 £5,358 N/A Sold Out N/A
24/01/2020 02/02/2020 10 9 6.5 £5,358 N/A Sold Out N/A
31/01/2020 09/02/2020 10 9 6.5 £5,358 N/A Sold Out N/A
07/02/2020 16/02/2020 10 9 6.5 £5,358 N/A Enquire Now N/A
14/02/2020 23/02/2020 10 9 6.5 £5,358 N/A Enquire Now N/A
21/02/2020 01/03/2020 10 9 6.5 £5,358 N/A Enquire Now N/A
28/02/2020 08/03/2020 10 9 6.5 £5,358 N/A Enquire Now N/A
06/03/2020 15/03/2020 10 9 6.5 £5,358 N/A Sold Out N/A
13/03/2020 22/03/2020 10 9 6.5 £5,358 N/A Enquire Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and staying in twin rooms for accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

ATOL
Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

What's Included

  • All international flights
  • Internal flights
  • Boat transfer to Sette Cama
  • All accommodation at Sette Cama F/B
  • 6 days Guided fishing
  • 18ft Panga style fishing boats
  • Access to professional guide for guidance

What's Excluded

  • Accommodation in Libreville (has to be paid locally approx €120)
  • All drinks
  • Fishing tackle
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Daily Fishing licence payable at the end of your stay (approx. €6 per person per day)
  • Tips

Options

Price Supplements

Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

Tour Notes

Visa

A machine readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry is required. All UK passport holders require a passport, this will be arranged for you on arrival and is included.

Medical Requirements

Valid yellow fever inoculations are required by most countries, please enquire with your local travel clinic. Gabon is a malaria area, please consult your doctor before traveling.

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

There is no additional airport departure tax when leaving Libreville, Leon M’ba International

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Paris (approx 1hr 10mins) Paris – Libreville (approx 6hr 50mins)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags is dependent on the airline. We therefore recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airlines website for the up to date allowances.
If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

Gamba –  Sette Cama Camp (approx. 45mins)

Questions & Answers

WHERE DO THEY FISH?

You will be fishing in the waters  around the Sette Cama Camp, this is the fish rich Atlantic ocean and you will have the opportunity to catch some excellent species here.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO REACH THE FISHING GROUNDS?

The fishing grounds at this destination can be as little as 10 minutes away up to 45 minutes, this all depends on what tides you are fishing and what species you are wanting to target.

WHAT FISH WILL I CATCH?

Gabon is home to aggressive Jacks (Whitefin and Jack Crevalle), giant African Threadfin, African Cubbera Snapper, Tarpon, Senegal Kob, and Guinean Barracuda all eager to attack a well placed lure or bait.

HOW MANY FISH WILL I CATCH?

The amount of fish you will catch will depend on the species you wish to target. Species such as the Cobia and the Jacks swim in huge shoals so the action is rather frantic when these shoals are located. If you decide to target specimen sized fish, the guides will take you to areas that are known to hold the larger species. However, the action can be a little slower as the big fish tend to hang out away from the big shoals.

HOW WILL I FISH?

This is really down to how you wish to fish. The guides will make sure you are fishing the right spots according to the technique you wish to use. They will also troll lures so you can take a break from casting, as casting lures all day can be fairly strenuous. The bait fishing is a lot more relaxing until you hook a monster from the deep.

DO THE GUIDES SPEAK ENGLISH?

Yes the guides do speak English.

WHO IS BEST SUITED TO THIS DESTINATION?

With the lure fishing in Gabon, you have to be fairly fit as the fishing is mainly active fishing. However, there are other ways of fishing that are a lot less strenuous such as bait fishing. Walking around the resort is very easy as it’s all flat and the walk down to the boat only takes a couple of minutes

WHAT SKILL LEVEL IS REQUIRED?

General knowledge of lure fishing would be an advantage, not necessarily salt-water experience but how to cast, work your lure and setting of the hooks will help you land more fish. The guides will help you as much as they can so you can get the most out of lure fishing Gabon.

HOW PHYSICALLY DEMANDING IS THIS TRIP?

You do not have to be physically fit for this holiday. Some of the species you will catch are very hard fighting and can take anywhere from 10 minutes to 30 minutes to land and with high temperatures, this can be fairly exhausting.

WHEN TO GO?

The main season runs from November to April with peak time being  and November to December then February to March. The best time to go will depend on the species you wish to target and the temperatures you are comfortable to fish in.

HOW TO GET THERE?

The best route is to fly via Paris then onto Libreville where you will overnight. The next morning you will catch a flight into Gamba where you will be picked up and taken to the camp.

WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE?

The camp is on the boundary of the Loango National Park, offering a highly exclusive experience, in which to enjoy both the fishing and wildlife of this untouched venue. Accommodation is simple chalets with twin configuration. Meals are enjoyed in the main living area, which includes a stocked bar and a deck overlooking the estuary.

WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE?

The food at the resort is all freshly prepared by a local chef using the best local products sourced from nearby markets. Each day there will be meals offered to suit everyone’s taste from local dishes to more African style meals. The lunches on the boats will consist of daily made sandwiches, crisps, chocolate, fresh fruit and many different styles of soft drinks.

DOES THE LODGE PROVIDE FISHING TACKLE?

The lodge has fishing tackle for hire if you want to use it.

IS INTERNET AND PHONE SIGNAL AVAILABLE?

The phone signal and internet is good but the Wi-Fi is a little patchy when you get away from the main bar area.

ARE THERE OTHER ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE?

There are other activities available at the camp including guided safaris to see the extensive array of local wildlife.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

We offer the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all prices and availability click the Dates and Prices tab above.

Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel we can book just the lodge and fishing for you.

If you have any questions on any of the Saltwater Fishing trips we offer contact us in the office, our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Additionally, you can request a free brochure.

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