Mar 14th, 2019
Farquhar Atoll Lodge, Seychelles
Long known to only the inner circle of adventuresome saltwater anglers, Farquhar was one of the earliest outer islands to be discovered. Its reasonable size, varied flats, coral-strewn lagoon and prolific blue water fishery make it one of the world’s best multispecies destinations. It is accessed from a small simple lodge that makes it the perfect island fish camp.
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Fqarquhar Expert Q&A with Brian Gies
Top reasons to go:
1. One of the top multispecies destinations in the Seychelles
2. Engaging professional South African saltwater guides
3. Exclusive access to the entire atoll
4. Lots of wade fishing for GT’s
5. A remote, wild and relatively affordable land-based option in the Seychelles
Where is the lodge:
The lodge is located approximately 450 miles southwest of they Seychelles capital, Mahe
How do I get there?
Most guests from the US fly through Dubai to reach Mahe and then overnight in Mahe. From Mahe all guests take a charter flight approximately 1.5 hours to the lodge.
When should I go?
Farquhar has two limited seasons. Mid October to mid December and then March – April. Both seasons are in the heart of the best weather in the Seychelles. If you are looking to have the best chance with GT’s you will want to be aware of the moon phases. There are very large tide swings in the Seychelles so making sure the full or new moon is at the beginning, middle or end of your trip can be a great advantage.
Where do they fish?
They fish the interior lagoon, ocean-side reefs and the blue water surrounding the atoll.
Who is best suited to the destination?
Anglers of all skill level’s are welcome but to best take advantage of everything this destination has to offer, we would suggest anglers have previous bonefishing experience and are comfortable casting a 12wt. for extended periods of time.
What are the accommodations and meals like?
The small lodge on the island has recently been updated from a single building to a small main lodge with a bar as well as indoor and outdoor dining areas and three newly built two bedroom condos. Each condo has two ensuite rooms, all finished with storage, two single beds, bedside tables, mini bar and coffee station. The meals have also been upgraded and are now served on the veranda overlooking the lagoon.
Describe the atmosphere and style of the lodge:
This is a casual island fish camp. Once guests arrive they typically do not put on shoes the rest of the week. They wake up, put on their flats attire and head out to fishing. At the end of the fishing day everyone relaxes around the lodge in plastic chairs or on the grass near the beach, typically in shorts and a tee shirt with a beer in hand.
Is the owner on site? If so who is it, if not who is the manager or point person?
Fly Castaway’s head guide will always act as the point person for the trip. The head guide will vary from season to season but they are always professional and accommodating. It should be known that the lodging and meals portion of the trip is run by the government in partnership with Fly Castaway.
Is there internet and cell service?
No. Currently the only communication is a satellite phone at the lodge.
How do they fish?
Anglers fish two per boat and guide. The majority of fishing is wading the flats but depending on the tides anglers can spend from 2-3 hours per day fishing from the boat. Boat fishing is typically in the blue water or drifting over vast fields of coral heads in the lagoon in what the guides call “bommie bashing”. This is drifting over coral heads with both anglers blind casting 12wts with baitfish patterns is search of GT’s, bluefin’s, snapper, barracuda and a variety of other species. Typically only about 20% of your overall time is spent targeting bonefish, as they guides are motivated to constantly change venues and target species in accordance with the changing tides.
What fish will I catch?
The primary targets at Farquhar are bonefish, GT’s, and triggerfish. However additional species such as snapper, barracuda, wrasse, grouper, permit, tuna and sailfish are often caught.
How many fish will I catch?
This can vary greatly from angler to angler depending on what species you decide to target. When targeting bonefish it is not unusual to land up to 10 fish in a session. However, most guests spend a limited amount of time chasing bonefish. This means a good deal of time is spent on triggerfish, trevally, and other species that are much harder to land. We expect anglers to get several good shots at these species each day and if all goes well landing a hand full of really special fish each week.
Will we see other anglers?
No. The atoll will be exclusive to your group.
Is there wade fishing?
Yes. On average you will spend 70% of your time wading.
How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?
The closest flats are minutes from the lodge and a long run is about 45 minutes.
Do guides speak English?
What are the guides like?
The guides are almost all from South Africa. As a rule we find them to be some of the hardest working and most professional guides in the saltwater world.
Does the lodge provide equipment?
You should come well prepared with all your personnel equipment but they do have a limited supply of rod and reel set ups and flies.
What is your favorite rod(s) for the trip?
I always travel with fast action 8wts and 12wts. The 8wt is for bones, triggers, and permit and the 12wt is for the larger species.
Are there other activities?
No this is really just a fish camp.
What are the physical demands?
There are not major physical demands but you should be prepared to spend the majority of the day walking the flats. They can vary from easy beach walking to ocean-side flats where you are navigating a fair bit of coral.
Are there special skills required?
Being proficient at casting a 12wt will greatly increase you odds at catching a fish of a lifetime.
Dangers and annoyances:
Although the island environment is fairly benign, there are stingrays, stone fish, cone shells, and sharks to be aware of. The guides are very cautious and make a point of giving a safety briefing prior to fishing.
Are there heath concerns?
Not at the time of this writing but we recommend that all guests check the CDC’s website for the most current information pertaining to the region.