The 2023/24 season on Farquhar Atoll has has just kicked off and we will keep you up to date with all the latest fishing reports in this blog.
Farquhar Atoll is the most southerly atoll in the Seychelles islands, lying just over 700km to the southwest of Mahé. This remote atoll has a total area, including the large lagoon, of 170.5 km². The large ear-shaped lagoon provides easy skiff access to the countless flats, channels, and surf zones that make Farquhar such an amazing fly fishing destination.
The atoll is famous for the sheer diversity of fish species on offer to anglers, so if stalking bonefish in skinny water, chasing the golden sickles of a permit, throwing crab flies at crafty tailing triggerfish, trying to hold back the powerful runs of a bumphead parrotfish or holding your nerve as large giant trevally charges in at your fly… well, then Farquhar is certainly the fly fishing destination for you.
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29 November – 6 December 2023
28 February – 6 March 2024
6 – 13 March 2024 (NM 10 March)
27 March – 3 April 2024
6 – 13 November 2024
4 – 10 December 2024
Farquhar Atoll 2023/24 Season Fishing Reports – 8th to 15th November
Six weeks into the season and another ten anglers arrived at Farquhar with high expectations that were soon to be exceeded.
The week started off perfectly with several amazing catches, of an array of species. Five GTs were landed by the team, with Matt stealing the GT show landing his first ever GT at a whopping 111cm. While waiting for a squall to pass, guide Yousuf, positioned the boat in a prime spot to intercept big fish on the pushing tide. As the squall passed and visibility improved, three large fish appeared near the boat. Matt laid out a short cast at the shoal and much to everyone’s surprise the fish engulfed the fly boatside. After an epic tug of war and some entangled backing, Youssie finally netted the stocky specimen.
The host for the week, Ian, also had a memorable opening day, landing a yellowmargin triggerfish that has been on his fishing bucket list for some time. It measured in at 53cm, a trophy by any standard. The trigger was caught on his bumphead parrotfish setup with an oversize merkin, proving that when a trigger wants to eat, it will without hesitation. Rob was on the same boat as Ian, who was having a go at some of the bumphead parrotfish that the atoll is so well-known for. After a few failed attempts as passing shoals, he landed himself one of Farquhar’s prehistoric looking fish.
Farquhar is known for its diversity and bluewater fishing, with John C proving just that. The aim was to catch a sailfish but instead of a sailfish coming up on the teaser a massive dogtooth tuna smashed the teaser several times. As soon as the teaser was wound in John wasted no time getting his sailfish fly into the zone and after a few near misses the doggy demolished the fly and went on a few massive runs that these fish are notorious for. The fish was estimated to be around the 100lb mark and was safely released. Definitely one of the fish of the season so far and a fish of a lifetime, well done John.
Ian is well-known for his love of permit and the fact that he already caught a bucket list fish gave him all the more reason to pursue one of these finicky fish. The light wasn’t quite right to walk a popular beach for permit in the late afternoon, so polling and casting from the boat seemed the only option. Whilst polling down the beach, three permit were spotted swimming in a line and Ian laid out a perfect cast a few metres ahead of the lead fish with his tan flexo crab. The lead fish was quick to turn on the fly and Ian, being a seasoned angler, set and fought the fish well. It was landed shortly without any hiccups, impressive if you know the nature of these elusive fish.
Some of the team took to the surf on foot and Matt landed his first ever moustache triggerfish. On a different flat in the surf, John D landed a solid bonefish at 60cm, an awesome fish. The bonefish in the surf at Farquhar are large and certainly underrated.
At the end of the week, most of the anglers left for a trip to Providence atoll, leaving just two anglers on one boat who had the atoll to themselves for the final day. What a day it was. After stormy weather on the previous day the water was much cleaner and the GTs seemed to be fired up, multiple at every spot. Between the bait balls, tailing nurse sharks and massive shoals of GTs the anglers were spoilt for choice. Both Dave and Gene landed three GTs each, Dave landing one of 90cm. Three fish over a metre were lost, all of which ate within a few rod lengths of the boat. Well over 100 GTs were spotted and almost every 10 to 15 minutes was a shot at a GT for the entirety of the day. It was a day that the two men will never forget!
Farquhar Atoll 2023/24 Season Fishing Reports – 1st to 8th November
Farquhar welcomed nine anglers this week, and it was evident on the first day that the GTs were out in full force. Despite the windy conditions, they remained active the entire week. Six giant trevally were landed on day one along with many of the anglers’ first bonefish. Since the GTs were around and feeding, the team of anglers set their focus on the gangsters of the flats. Another seven GTs were landed the second day with John landing seven across the opening two days alone, two of which were over 90cm.
The pelagics also came to the party with anglers spending a few mornings giving the sailfish and tuna a run for their money. Three sailfish, along with one yellowfin tuna, were landed. Robert hit the bluewater and the flats to secure himself a Bills and Bones Slam. Alexey S took a different approach to the day and chased after the ever elusive permit; some great determination and effort resulted in him landing two of these special fish.
John took to the bluewater again midweek for another taste of the sailfish and tuna action but instead landed himself an unexpected catch. A massive dogtooth tuna ate the fish he had on and he upgraded in style. The afternoon was a special one for Dennis and Alexey E, who went on a mission for a big GT. Upon approaching the deep coral ridges that Farquhar is known for, a sizeable GT appeared in front of the skiff. Dennis wasted no time laying out a perfect cast. All it took was two or three strips, and the squid imitation was inhaled. The fish was rather well-behaved and seemed to stay just out of reach of the corals for the duration of the fight, the geet measured in at a trophy 104cm! Another 15 minutes or so went by, and Alexey was up on the bow next when another similarly sized fish presented a good opportunity. A good cast and almost identical eat to Dennis’s fish a few moments earlier resulted in the start of the battle. Unfortunately, after just a few seconds, the hook pulled, and the fish was lost. While assessing the situation, an even larger fish appeared on the surface next to the boat not even 30 seconds later. The first cast resulted in a hard refusal, but Alexey didn’t stop there, putting in another cast at close range. The fly landed a mere metre from the fish without much expectation of an eat due to the fish being within five metres of the boat. The fish sipped the fly off the surface like a giant trout and began to empty the fly line from the reel, running directly under the boat and breaking the top section of the rod. After a few minutes of intense circling of the skiff around coral heads and ledges the fish was netted. A beautiful specimen of 116cm and one that Alexey and guide, Chad, will remember forever. A very special first giant trevally on fly for Alexey.
The rest of the week saw the team catching many more GTs, racking the tally up to 25! Various other coral-dwelling fish like marbled groupers (11 for the week) and bohar snappers were also brought to hand. John ended his week with an epic catch, landing himself his first ever Indo-Pacific permit, the cherry on top of an incredible week.
Farquhar Atoll 2023/24 Season Fishing Reports – 25th October to 1st November
Farquhar opened its arms to 10 eager anglers this week who gave it their best on the flats. Once again, the atoll produced some amazing fish.
Lance opened the week’s fishing in true style, landing his very first bumphead parrotfish. As the week progressed, the weather made for tough fishing and many of the guests took to the deeper water and coral heads, looking for and landing an array of different reef species. All the guests managed to tick off new species, one of the more notable catches was an 88cm African marbled grouper landed by Noah.
The giant trevally were out in full force towards the end of the week with Noah, and guide Evan, managing to land five in one day. Noah’s main goal for the week was to try and land just one GT over-the-metre-mark, he exceeded all his expectations landing not only one, but two at 104 and 122cm respectively. His 122cm giant trevally is now the biggest for this Farquhar season so far. As if the day couldn’t get better, he also landed a bonefish and a beautiful yellowmargin triggerfish to bag a Flats Slam. Like father like son, Noah’s dad, Fernando, also landed himself a sizeable moustache triggerfish.
Noah continued on his GT rampage throughout the week landing three more in the last two days, one measuring 99cm and another over a metre at 109cm. Lance also joined the GT train landing his first two GTs in the second half of the week.
Another epic week showcasing Farquhar’s big GTs and diversity!
Farquhar Atoll 2023/24 Season Fishing Reports – 18th to 25th October
This week saw eight anglers join us on the esteemed flats of Farquhar Atoll. Genevieve opened the week with a bang, landing a bonefish on her very first cast in the Seychelles. Later the same day, she managed to land a beautiful bumpy, taking her just one species away from a Flats Slam. Unfortunately the stars didn’t align, but there was certainly no disappointment with what she had achieved thus far. The bar was set for the week!
The anglers continued to fish with enthusiasm throughout the week, with the best day producing three above average GTs and two bumphead parrotfish. Mike managed his first Seychelles GT and his first bumpy in one go and Kent also landed his first bumpy. Mike was not done there, continuing his streak with a Flats Slam later in the week, landing Farquhar’s first permit of the season, a bonefish and another bumpy. Well done Mike!
The last few days of the week proved tough with testing weather conditions. Ed kept at it though, and he managed the second permit for the season as well as an array of other species Farquhar has on offer. One of the more notable catches was a healthy 135cm barracuda. Ed wasn’t the only angler who took to testing Farquhar’s diversity with all the anglers adding many new species to their lists, once again proving the shear diversity that this atoll holds.
Genevieve stole the show again on the last day with some GT magic, landing her first of the species in the nick of time, finishing off a phenomenal week of fishing on Farquhar. Congratulations to all the anglers and we hope to welcome you back again soon.
Farquhar Atoll 2023/24 – 11th – 18th October
The second week of the season on Farquhar kickstarted with more memorable catches on the flats. On the first day, four of the guests managed their first GTs and Peter landed the first moustache triggerfish of the season in testing weather conditions.
Trevor was on with his first GT, his 9 wt rod with a 20lb leader holding strong. While following the fish and preparing to land it, another shoal of GTs seemed to be following the hooked GT. This presented the perfect opportunity for Michael to send a cast into the shoal. As Trevor’s fish was being landed, a trophy GT smashed the baitfish imitation that Michael was throwing and after nerve wrecking moments of untangling fly line from coral and amazing diving skills by the guide, Evan, Michael’s 116cm GT was landed. His first GT on fly and an epic GT double-up.
The Farquhar giant trevally were out in full force, with one or more landed almost every day of the week. The third day saw Jon landing the first sailfish of the week. In typical sailfish fashion it launched out of the water multiple times during the fight, putting on an epic display.
Michael was at it again with the geets landing another sizeable specimen at 97cm, continuing his big GT roll. Eames had a great end to the week, landing a beautiful bumpy of 102cm. On the same day, Peter caught the fish of the week and a fish that not many people have the privilege of catching on the flats. While attempting to catch giant trevally in a channel, he hooked a fish that appeared to be a large GT, but upon landing the fish realised that it was in fact an African Pompano. Gerry, Farquhar’s head guide, indicated that it was only the second one he had seen landed during his nine years of guiding the atoll!
Farquhar Atoll 2023/24 – 27th September to 4th October
Obliterated by the sheer amount of potential targets, it’s easy to loose track. But the group settled for the two fish Farquhar is famous for: Big GTs and bumphead parrotfish on the turtle-grass flats. Both around in good numbers and both very visual to pursue.
The group of anglers was blessed with beautiful tides starting the week with a 10:40 low. As the week progressed and the springs mellowed out, the bumpie fishing got better and better, allowing for a longer time frame of flats fishing on each tidal drop and push. A lot of water on the move is always good for big GTs.
Exposing saltwater beginners to some of the most sought-after, as well as brutal, saltwater fish a fly angler could dream of – what could possibly go wrong? Quite a bit! The group experienced the full galore of missed bites, fish sticking up and popping fly lines, and shortcomings on the technical as well as casting side. This group of predominantly freshwater anglers had to learn to swim in the sea quickly and guided by an amazing team, the anglers shifted the odds in their favour towards the end of the week and every single one of them left with a GT on the fly.
Host Stephan set the bar high with a 104cm GT at 6.30am on the lagoon side during a morning walk. Before the day was over, Pietari from Finland added the second one metre plus fish from the flats around Deposé. What an intro to the GT season and what a fish for Pietari to start his journey
Anna from Iceland started her GT career with a waded 93cm specimen on day two. Jason followed suit with his first GT, directly followed by a bumphead parrotfish and a bonefish, completing the first slam of the season. Stephan and Simon were sizing up on bumpies with one 93cm fish in the net first thing in the morning and another one lost.
Yuri from Georgia ushered in the big fish game, with another absolutely outstanding GT of 109cm on a 12 weight glass rod. Yuri’s son, Gleb, did well on the pelagic species with the first sailfish landed after some fruitless attempts the day before. A deep-into-the-backing family day! Slava from Russia completed his bumpie mission with a strong 88cm fish on an Alphlexo crab.
The pelagic action prompted many boats to try their luck with numerous sailfish raised and hooked. A decent size yellowfin was good news for the kitchen and for Pietari, earning another badge. Slava and Simon got to celebrate their first GTs on the fly with a stunning 91cm fish for Simon from the backside of Goulette island.
With two days remaining, the team got serious about their big GT ambitions. Pietari and Stephan followed guide Evan into the shallows chasing permit before working some deep water section for big GTs. Blind casting an Andre Van Wyk beast-fly over milky water rose a bunch of clumsy fish before the first 80cm fish connected. The same large fly was refused by a handful of fish on the flats before a blind-cast in a blue hole materialised a 114 monster around Goulette on the end of Stephan’s line. A hard hazardous fight and a well deserved Farquhar PB for Steph. In the meantime, Anna collected more colours for her potpourri of gamefish with a bumpie. What a day!
Farquhar bid the anglers farewell in the best manner possible: An amazing day with great visibility throughout. Slava and Anna completed their to-do-list with one sailfish each. Gleb completed the group by catching his first GT in a team effort with guide Dean who had to dive ensure the fish was landed! Pietari added another GT to his list. Yuri supplied a large wahoo for the BBQ whilst Stephan and Simon went out chasing dragons again. Simon claimed his new PB with an angry 97cm geet and another 75cm fish from the deep flats with Evan, while Stephan claimed a 99cm fish first shot after a tremendous 100cm bumpie on his bonefish rod and followed by a mixed bag of reef fish including African marble grouper (AMG). This one metre bump brought the tally to an impressive six and by the end of the week, the the anglers had also caught a total of 17 geets, four of them over a metre.
Overall, a fantastic week at Farquhar Atoll. The weather was good, the tides were favourable, and the fishing was excellent. The group caught a variety of species, including some big fish. And they all had the opportunity to experience the unique and challenging fishery that Farquhar Atoll has to offer.
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