Trip Report - Sette Cama, Gabon
Trip Report
By Brian Gies
March 8, 2021
​From our good friends at African Waters about their first week of the 2020 season at Sette Cama in Gabon. 

I don’t get out of the office much these days. Spreadsheets, budgets, logistics and negotiations take up the majority of my time, and time out of the office is carefully allocated between fatherhood and the rare occasion when I have an hour spare and the waves are decent enough for a surf. There are days when I look back on the long seasons of guiding with nostalgia and a strong longing to be in the wild. 

However, there are perks to my job, and these days I get to spend a handful of weeks each year out on location. The start of 2020 was one such occasion and I found myself in Gabon for a series of meetings followed by a week in camp with some old clients who were visiting Gabon for the 8th year in a row. 

We arrived in Sette Cama, obviously full of excitement, only to be greeted by a formation at the mouth which would prove very difficult to fish affectively. Fishing in Gabon is all about ensuring that you are in exactly the right place, at the right

time. Having an intimate knowledge of what makes fish congregate in a certain area, and also what triggers them to bite is essential to success (this intimate understanding takes many years to accumulate). This week proved frustrating, since the fish were there in large numbers, and we knew where they would be, and at what times, but we couldn’t get close to them. As I said, the key to success in Gabon is being at the right place at the right time, and with this formation it made it impossible to accomplish this. We would either be pushed off a sand bank by the tide before the bite started, or a particular gutter or bank would be out of reach when the time arrived. 

However, what the week threw at us in bad luck, the group made up for it in sheer good attitude. Everyone’s humor levels remained high, and the positive attitude remained right through the week. This approach would have made the week a resounding success, even if we caught no fish. There wasn’t a single meal, time in camp, or fishing session where everyone wasn’t smiling and laughing. 

Sette Cama, Gabon

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