Destination: Guinea-Bissau, Bijagos Archipelagos
Season: November to April
The Lodge: Offering a highly exclusive experience, Orango Parque Hotel is ideally situated as our base camp on the outer island of the archipelagos. The food is excellent with fresh local produce served in a lovely thatched restaurant nestled under the trees with a breathtaking view of the Bijagos Archipelagos. There is easy access to enjoy both the exceptional fishing and the wildlife, and you will get a view into the fascinating and relaxed Bijagon way of life.
Accommodation: Accomodation is based on two anglers sharing a modest and comfortable chalet with twin configuration including private on suite bathrooms with simple showers. Rooms have 220- 240V (European twin plug outlet) powered by generator that is switched off around midnight.
Popular fishing techniques range from popper fishing, fly, vertical jigging, trolling, bait and live baiting all resulting in multiple quality fish being caught and some monsters inevitably lost.
During calm wind conditions you will have numerous sight fishing opportunities targeting the region’s remarkable crevalle jacks; a sight to see as these ferocious predators ride the waves in ‘hunts’ crashing into shoals of baitfish. Anglers can fish off the beach and rocks in calm conditions, sight fishing for barracudas, needlefish, snappers, african sierra and corvina. In less favourable conditions these same species can also be targeted blind, casting off points, ledges, from beaches and low submerged structures. Tarpon-fishing becomes a high-stakes game since Guinea-Bissau holds the world all tackle record, with some of these fish well in excess of 150 lb and averaging over 200 lb.
Do not forget your standerd flies for Jacks, Cobia, Leerfish, Barracudas, Bones and permit and many more if you are interested in targeting them on fly!
Tackle: With the fly rod in hand we recommend large flies in the shad or mullet or other baitfish patterns with good quality saltwater circle hooks ranging from 5/0-8/0. Have several of these patterns in standard colours and have some bill fish flies as well. Offshore deceivers in darker colours can work to hunt the murky waters and add some big poppers and gurglers for surface fishing. Larger tarpon flies will be hard to cast and the majority of the time will be fished in the tidal current on a drift.
On booking one of our trips we will send a comprehensive tackle list and if required we can supply tackle packs for hire for the duration of your stay.