IN GABON, AFRICA
Sailfish, Trevally, Permit, Cuda
straddles the Equator on Africa’s west coast between
Cameroon and the Congo Republic, one of the
continents least known countries with 1.3 million
inhabitants of whom two thirds live in the capital
Libreville(LBV) the rest is tropical rainforests
with one railway line into the interior and few road
s to speak of, It is oil rich politically stable
with a strong French military prescence. We use
three camps in this area. Being Francois Horents’s
Ozuri Estuary, the Igeula and a new camp the Gavilo.
On the huge Iguela Estuary.
The ozuri estuary is wide and sandy &
shallow offering easy access to the ocean, this is
an important point –at Ozuri, Francois can fish
inside and outside the estuary, whereas down at
Iguela boats cannot (usually) go through the mouth
of the estuary.
Francois can therefore fish Ocean
and inner Estuary to suit tides The Tarpon are close
inshore, but can move offshore around the oil rigs
for sailfish,wahoo,kingfish and other open water
species. Francois speaks good English an advantage!
He runs two boats and the packages are based on
three per boat if only two per boat it works out at
$22 per day extra. You can fish 4 but not
recommended as three lines are out for Tarpon at any
time and is the best arrangement.
Francois is a Tarpon specialist
and Ozuri (both inside and just outside the mouth)
is considered best for Very big Tarpon, fish in
excess of 100kilo’s are caught regularly by our
clients. But for other species such as Cubera
Snapper. various kingfish and giant threadfin, the
rocky Iguela estuary is more productive – and also
produces plenty of Tarpon as well.
As above but with these
trips you will spend the first and last nights of
your trip in LBV.
Is about 70km south of
Ozuri and consists off wooden twin bungalows and a
bar/dining area, at the forests edge overlooking the
lagoon. Boats are outboard –powered, 8 metre
fibreglass “banana boats,” never fishing more than
three anglers plus skipper. This is a forest
reserve, with gorillas,chimps,forest
elephants,buffaloetc, and game drives are possible
with the camp vehicle. It is about seven minutes by
boat to the lagoon mouth, the primary fishing area
both from anchored boat(mostly Tarpon) and by
surfcasting from the beaches for tarpon cubera,giant
and General Information
Tarpon are caught both
from beach and boats, on lures, livebaits or most
often drifted deadbait: Iguela record landed is
254lb (115kg) and at Ozuri francois has landed fish
over 125Kilo (275lb) bigger are fish have been
hooked and lost several times in recent years. There
has been limited success on fly as the water is tea
stained, but big flashy flies do work, I suggest
that had they a flats style boat with obsevation
deck more tarpon would fall to fly. But other
species kingfish/trevally up to 30kilo, Cubera
snapper and giant threadfin to 40kilo true barracuda
to 30kg, but permit and pompano exceed 25kilo here
and a potential Pompano world record could fall. The
water here is seldom 5 metres in depth so movement
of tarpon is easier to spot.
Gabon is humid, although temperatures seldom go
above 32c. There is a short rainy season from Nov-to
mid –Dec, and the main rains fall from Feb to May.
June to Oct is cool 26c and fairly dry. Tarpon are
present all year around but the big ones like the
rainy months (they hang around the estuary mouths
during this period). Nov-April is peak tarpon
season. June and July are considered Quietest for
tarpon, but best for marlin,sailfish,wahoo,kingfish
and other offshore species.
General Fly rods 9’ 12 to 15 weight rods (Tarpon) 9’
9-10 weights rods for smaller species trevally
permit etc. with a mix of lines and some serious
mouse pattern surface lures are must, big lures for
big fish. We do not sell flies at the camp please
ensure you stock well up if you contact Mr Glynn he
will advise patterns that are to be taken. For live
baiting or lure fishing a rod and reel combination
suitable to handle anything in the 2-300lb class is
required for a arm wrenching battle.
Near Libreville and
Sainte-Anne depends on camp.
Arrangements and Accommodation
Saturday depart Heathrow to Johannesburg depart
Sunday 1655 hrs by Air Gabon,747 arrive LBV 21.35
met and transfered to Novatel Hotel for O/night B&B.
then on Monday transfer flight from LBV to Port
Gentil Francois, will meet you and transfer you by
boat to Ozuri. For 5 nights full board with daily
fishing based on 3 fishing per boat.
Returning on Saturday to LBV
overnight at Novotel Hotel B&B Sunday early transfer
for Air Gabons 07.15am flight to JHB arrive 13.45
transfer to Haethrow flight to UK.
Seven nights in Africa $US 1985
per person sharing or a single supplement $US118.
Saturday depart Heathrow - Sunday depart JHB
1655 by Air Gabon Boeing 747, arrive LBV 21:35, met
and transferred to the Novotel Hotel for overnight,
bed and breakfast.
Transferred back to the airport
for flight to Omboue (45 mins), then 4x4 transfer to
6 nights full-board at Iguela,
daily boat and/or beach fishing.
Saturday transfer back to Omboue
for morning flight back to LBV, met and transferred
to Novotel Hotel for overnight, bed and breakfast.
Sun -- Early airport transfer for Air Gabon's 07:15
flight to JHB, arrive 13:45.
Note: With groups of six or
more, the Saturday transfer back to Libreville can
be done in the afternoon by private plane instead of
in the morning by schedule flight. This is far
preferable - allows an additional morning's fishing,
plus lunch at the camp - but it does cost an
additional Euro 22 per person.
Seven nights in Africa (Sunday -
Euros 1 349.00 per person sharing
or Single Supplement Euros 159.00
We have other packages from 6 days
to 14 nights we can tailor to suit your needs.
Note the following
Medical needs Yellow fever
is compulsory don’t go without it, Take
Malaria/mosquito precautions see your doctor.
Visa is required we can arrange
this for you.
Take sunscreen adequate film
insect repellant sunglasse and light waterproffs it
can rain any week in Gabon.
Medical travel insurance must be
For land arrangements only (ie
flyinginto LBV from some other part of the world
therefore not requiring JHB /Libreville return
flights deduct 323 euros from each of the packages
to get price starting ending Libreville.
Note where ‘minimum group of six’
is specified, this is because of the private
aircraft used to take clients in/out of Iguela. This
plane can be used by smaller groups but then the
price alters for a group of four add Euro 42 per
person to above package prices.
A non refundable 30% deposit is
required while booking we advise you have suitable
holiday insurance while making the booking to cover