Central West Africa

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The Guide’s Company has discovered an incredible tarpon fishery in Central West Africa, the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville). A large area of the fishing grounds border a large nature reserve with several river systems and coastal lagoons, lined by  mangrove trees.. These waters are home to large schools of tarpon. After numerous exploratory trips spanning two and a half years we have consistently landed very large tarpon around the 200 lb. range. Due to the remoteness of the area and the difficulty of reaching these waters by road it was decided that the most effective way to fish these waters would be by using an exploratory mother ship and flats skiffs.  This led to the birth of our mother ship” Chagos”which was built in the USA, as well as our 20 foot Spear Orca skiffs. We  believe we are now in a position  to host our guests in comfort and to provide a world class experience. Come and join us and experience the biggest tarpon in the world.

 

Fish Species’

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Inshore and blue water fishing will be done from the Pro V Orca skiff. Due to the movements of the tarpon this can mean; sight casting at huge laid-up tarpon on the backline, rolling fish in river mouths or fishing over reefs and structure.

Two anglers will fish per skiff and a TGC guide will take care of the skippering and guiding duties. Fishing times are adapted to tidal movement and weather conditions.

 

 

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There are several other species of fish that can be targeted on fly such as cubera snapper, jack crevalle, barracuda, dorado, threadfin, Atlantic garfish, triple tail, grouper, and an array of other species.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The trips run from a Sunday to a Sunday and Thursday to Thursday. All guests are to ensure that they arrive at the agreed meeting point (Pointe Noire Airport) well within the scheduled times of departure. These times will be confirmed closer to the trip date.

This applies to guest traveling from South Africa.

 

 

 

 

Sunday             Arrive Pointe Noire, board mother ship and depart for fishing grounds          2hrs 30min

Mon-Sun         6 and a half days of fishing                                                                        approx. 10hrs pd

Sunday           Stay over in Pointe Noire

Monday          Fly out of Pointe Noire, Home

 

Thursday       Arrive Pointe Noire, board mother ship and depart for fishing grounds      2hrs 30min

Fri-Thurs      6 and a half days of fishing                                                                       approx. 10hrs pd

Thursday      Stay over in Pointe Noire

Friday          Fly out of Pointe Noire, Home

International travellers, traveling to Congo (refer to page 8 on the More Info Doc for flight details and connections)

 

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Chagos is a 95’ foot exploratory vessel, built by famous boat builder Sam Connor in 2012. She is equipped with the latest technology, specifically fitted for the sole purpose of  exploring the  waters on the west coast of Africa. Chagos will host only four anglers per week, in spacious double cabins, offering the clients excellent service.

 

 

 

 

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The 20′ Spear Pro V Orca is a unique skiff, designed specifically for the West African waters. Although they are larger than most flats skiffs, they handle like a much smaller skiff. These skiffs provide anglers with a soft and dry ride. It floats in less than 12″ of water, and poles silently in any direction to the wind. It will easily carry four adults if desired, is very stable and will serve you well in whatever those waters will throw at you. The skiffs are equipped with Minn Kota trolling motors for stealthy manoeuvring. The 140 hp engines fitted to the skiffs allow us to cover distance, fast and comfortably.

 

Tarpon:

  • 12 weight fly rod
  • 12 weight large arbor fly reel (strong drag)
  • 12 weight tropical floating line
  • 12 weight tropical Intermediate line
  • 400gr – 500gr sinking line
  • 50lb gelspun backing
  • 80lb – hard fluorocarbon
  • 100lb – hard fluorocarbon
  • 50lb – monofilament

Jacks/cubera/threadfin:

  • 10 weight fly rod
  • 10 weight large arbor fly reel
  • 10 weight tropical floating line
  • 10 weight tropical intermediate line
  • 30lb – 60lb Fluorocarbon

Clothing and Accessories

  • SPF factor long sleeve shirts
  • SPF factor long pants or shorts
  • Boat shoes or socks
  • Sun Gloves or stripping gloves
  • Finger guards
  • Buff
  • Cap or wide brimmed hat
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Sunscreen SPF 30+
  • Insect repellant – peaceful sleep
  • Waterproof boat bag
  • Pliers
  • Camera
  • Zip lock bags
  • Rain jacket

Flies

  • Black, Black/ Purple, Chartreuse/Yellow, Tan, Tarpon Toads
  • Black, Chartreuse, Purple Brush fly
  • Purple, Black, Olive Whistler
  • Crease fly
  • Chartreuse, black Clousers
  • Mill’s DW fly

** Flies for this venue are very specific, complete fly packs available from TGC

 

More Info

If you would like to reserve or have more questions on this trip please complete the form opposite.

 

 

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