The fishing in the remote Seychelles atolls has, over the last 10 years or so, added another dimension to saltwater fishing locations. The Tarpon remains the Silver King however in the Indian Ocean the GT is the ‘Gangster of the Flats’ and the species that has really caught people’s attention. An apex flats predator with a bruising reputation and of a size and strength that splinters rods and dashes dreams in equal measure. Where Farquhar really excels is alongside the GT’s it offers incredible diversity both in the areas you fish and the species you catch allowing anglers a wide range of options for all conditions and tides.
Farquhar Atoll is the most southerly atoll in the Seychelles chain of islands lying just over 700km to the southwest of the main island Mahe. This remote atoll has a total area, including the large lagoon, of 170.5 km2 which is 18 km north to south and 9 km east to west of which the island land mass is 7.5 km2. The main group of islands form a long curve which describes the eastern side of the atoll. Largest of these are Isle du Nord and Ile du Sud, with the smaller Manaha gaps and islands between them. Further south is Goelette and to the open western side of the atoll lies the small group known as Trois Îles. The large ear-shaped lagoon provides easy access to the countless flats, channels and surf zones which make Farquhar such a diverse fishery.
The accommodation on Farqhuar has been completely rebuilt and received its first anglers in October 2017. The previous guest house has been converted into a large communal area with a dining room and lounge bar. Guest accommodation is in three separate duplex style chalets with 2 bedrooms /chalet. The bedrooms are fully air conditioned with an ensuite bathroom. The previous open air dining area by the water’s edge has been completely rebuilt to allow guests to eat and relax outside when the conditions are appropriate.
The lodge is equipped with 24 hour 220 volt electricity and has a constant supply of hot water. There is full housekeeping as well as a daily laundry service available. Meals are a mix of creole and international food. All mineral water and soft drinks are included in the price. The lodge has plenty of local beer for sale and there will be a basic selection of spirits and wine are also available for purchase.
Anglers can wade and sight fish to an impressive variety of species which include Bonefish, various Trevally species including the ferocious trophy sized Giant Trevally, the finicky Indo-Pacific Permit, Trigger fish, Barracuda, Bumphead Parrot fish and Milkfish. Farquhar is very well known for the sheer diversity of species it offers anglers so whether you enjoy stalking Bonefish in skinny water, throwing crab flies at the colourful and charismatic tailing Trigger fish or holding your nerve as a large GT charges in at your fly there are typically a host of opportunities to be had.
The atoll rises from the depths and there is deep blue water very close to shore giving great opportunities for Giant Trevally, Barracuda, Wahoo, Yellow fin Tuna, Dogtooth Tuna, Grouper, Bohar Snapper and Sail fish...all of which are guaranteed to show your backing the light of day!
Nowhere are guides more important than at a saltwater fishery. It is their eyes and knowledge that will get you onto the fish as much as your personal angling skills. The Farquhar team is made up of some of the Indian Ocean’s most skilled, professional and approachable guides. Determined and passionate, they are committed to ensure each guest on Farquhar experiences the incredible diversity the fishery is best known for. Whether it be stalking pernickety Trigger fish, hunting down Giant Trevally or accurately presenting to Bumphead Parrot fish whilst on the flats or lining up Milk fish, teasing in Sailfish or dredging up monster Doggies whilst off shore, the team has the knowledge and communication skills to help you land that fish of a lifetime!
Anglers will fish Farquhar in pairs with a guide using the fleet of 5 x 17.3 ft Angler skiffs and 2 x 18ft custom built panga skiffs. The Angler skiffs have 90HP outboard engines. The boats have been specifically designed and fitted to fish both the flats and off shore waters of the Seychelles in comfort and safety. Each boat is skippered by one of the five world-class professional guides, all of whom are qualified skippers and speak English.
Farquhar has a small landing strip with a weekly chartered flight. Anglers need to arrive into Mahe, the Seychelles capital airport, the day prior to the trip. From there you will fly in a chartered Beechcraft 1900 with a local flight time of 1hr 45mins. Timings and dates are subject to change so guests should always confirm prior to booking flights.
The 2017/18 season
US Dollars $9,000
- Seven (x7) nights at Farquhar Atoll
- Six days guided fly-fishing with a guide shared between 2 rods
- Price includes shared accommodation
- Includes transportation from Mahe International Airport.
- All meals and soft drinks.
Price does not include international flights, alcoholic drinks, gratuities, meals on Mahe Lodge capacity is 10 anglers.
The season is from October to December and then from late February to early May avoiding what is typically quite unsettled weather over January. Spaces are always very limited with only a set number of weeks available so please enquire well in advance for availability.
Justin will be hosting a trip to Farquhar over the period above. The moon phase starts with a waxing 1/2 moon moving towards a full moon on the 23rd. This should be a great multi-species week with optimum conditions for GT’s towards the end.
For anyone not equipped to deal with the many and varied species on offer there will be a range of Loop rods and reels for anglers to try before they buy at a special trip rate with a 30% saving off RRP.
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Farquhar Atoll was hit by hurricane Fantala in April 2016 which passed directly overhead. The effect was to devastate not only the foliage and vegetation on the atoll but also almost every existing structure. The fishing lodge was obliterated and as a consequence so were planned trips for the rest of the 2016/17 ...