Farquhar 2014-2015 Season Opener: 8-15 Oct 2014

IMG_3162It was with a huge amount of excitement that we welcomed back some familiar faces onto Farquhar for the start of our 2014/2015 season. An enormous amount of pre season preparation had taken place, including the addition of 2 new boats to our existing fleet of 5, as well as some basic improvements to the guesthouse and operations which is being driven by Mona our new guesthouse manager…we love her already! To say we were ready to get cracking was an understatement.

IMG_1634Rob Tapert (now on his seventh trip with us) was again joined by his son Judah and fellow Farquhar regulars, Dennis and Malcolm. Dirk Ackerman who is another Farquhar regular was joined by new friends, Adam ,Sean, Jack and Nic…all of whom were eager to sample the superb fishing Farquhar is rightly known for. As it was the first day our season and the flight had arrived early we opted to get a quick afternoon session in and we are so glad we did. Rob and co head offshore to one of our favourite pinnacles. Between the two boats using conventional tackle, they managed to tame a total of 40 GT’s, as well as a 100 lb. Potato Bass…a cracking first session in anyone’s book. The rest of the group opted to fish the flats and got the cobwebs out with some solid lagoon Bonefishing.

P1020468As luck would have it however, the following next few days we were plagued by inclement weather which made conditions tough. Despite this, the determined anglers worked the flats diligently which resulted in some really good Bonefishing and even a handful of GT’s. Farquhar’s Triggers and Bumpies were around in good numbers depiste the weather and Adam capitlised on this by landing his first Trigger on the fly. Congrats Adam! Nic then hooked a monster Bumpie which proceeded to empty his reel at a frighten rate before his leader gave way. What can one say…that’s Bumpie fishing for you. Our offshore guys also stuck to their guns and were rewwared some solid GT’s which kept the spirits up.

DSCF0181The morning of the 5th day promised much better fishing as the weather cleared. The tides had turned and what we as guides refer to the “phenomenon” came into effect. Chaos returned to the atoll as GT’s stormed the flats feeding on the abundant stock of small bait fish which was present. New to salt water fly fishing Adam and Shaun managed to capitalise landing 6 and 4 fish respectively. I think it’s safe to say that both are now quite literally HOOKED! The old guns Dirk and Jack were into them as well, landing 3 and 4 GT’s respectfully. Jack getting a beauty of 110cm!

IMG_1614While all hell broke loose inside the atoll, arms were being stretched by our conventional offshore anglers on the outside. Malcolm managed to land a 200 lb. Dogtooth Tuna, whilst Rob quickly racked up some truly big GT’s (119 cm, 113 cm, 110 cm, 118 cm). To cap it off Malcolm then enticed a 137cm GT to eat his stick bait. The 5th day had delivered in fine Farquhar form!

DSCF0161Although the GT fishing on the final day slowed a little, the colossal shoal of Bonefish that frequents Dipose from time to time showed up. Sean and Adam jumped to it and truth be told landed copious amounts of Bonefish fish between. 3 further GT’s did however come to the fly on the flats, whilst our offshore teams landed a further 17 GT’s as well as a 50 lb. Yellowfin Tuna. The Sailfish too had arrived, 9 of which were hooked on the final day, although on this occasion they got the best of us. But this part of the story is just the beginning!

It was a challenging start to our season considering to the horrible weather around on t5D3_2680he first few days. That said, we still landed close to 30 GT’s on the flats, had plenty of opportunities at Triggers and Bumpies, plus the guys smashed the Bones. Offshore we landed 66 GT’s, along with a massive Doggie, a 100 lb. Potato Bass, a big Yellowfin and a plethora of other cool reef species. Is there little wonder Farquhar is regarded as one of the most diverse fisheries on the planet! We’re just holding thumbs for some consistant weather over the next few weeks as the fishery really looks in fine shape!

Until next week.

The Farquhar Guide Team

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