FARQUHAR ATOLL FISHING NEWS | 25 JANUARY – 1 FEBRUARY 2023
The week was definitely one for the books with many of the guests landing their first catches of the species on offer on Farquhar.
Most of the group were first-time Seychelles travellers and anglers, which meant that bonefish was the order of the day. Brothers Herman and Wian Pieterse had an incredible day catching their first bonefish. Kerry Fynn managed his first bonefish, shortly followed by his first-ever giant trevally. Kerry’s boat partner Andrew Flavell managed to get his hands on the sought-after Farquhar bumped parrotfish measuring 107 cm. James Hesse also added to the growing list of first bonefish and Matt Bielovich caught the biggest GT of the Farquhar season so far, an incredible 118 cm beast. Stephen Van Der Heijden, also on his first trip to Seychelles, caught his first bonefish as well as an awesome bumpy in the surf. Callum Holley caught his first bonefish and topped it with a trophy bone measuring 61 cm. Shaun Simpson had some awesome catches, namely a GT and a moustache triggerfish.
Kevin Ponton, after a slow first day, came back with vengeance and caught his first bonefish and his first GT. Callum also managed his first GT making for another day of firsts. The big giant trevally were out to play and Kerry managed to catch a great catch measuring 104 cm. Another two gets were caught for the day as well as another trophy 63 cm bonefish.
Herman had a quest to catch his first GT and did so in style getting a fantastic GT in the last 5 minutes of the third day’s fishing! Matt went out into the deep and got a dogtooth tuna on fly as well as two Napoleon wrasse, both being in the 80 cm range. Wian, another first time Seychelles visitor, wanted to get his first GT and knocked it out the park by getting two for the day.
With the GTs around in numbers, most of the guests had hit luck and caught, but Stephen was not yet on the board. He went out on the fifth day of fishing and not only got the monkey off his back but managed three geets for the day with his boat partner Wian, who caught two for the day. Kevin had an incredible day catching a magnificent yellowmargin triggerfish of 59 cm. Shaun also caught a yellowmargin trigger along with a bonefish and a GT making the first flats slam of the week. Matt got his hands on his first bumpy measuring 107 cm.
On the last day of the week, with testing conditions, James was able to contribute to the GT tally and caught his first giant trevally, the perfect way to end an amazing week of fishing!
Stay tuned for next week’s report.
Alphonse Fishing Co. on Farquhar Atoll
TOTAL CATCH STATS THIS WEEK:
Bumphead Parrotfish 3
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