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Photo Essay: In Pursuit of Giant Trevally in the Seychelles

Anglers Scott Weber and Gentry Lee soaking up the sun’s last rays after a productive day chasing fish on Cosmoledo’s famed flats. Photo Adam Barker.


The famous “flaming Lamborghini” fly met the business end of this Bohar Snapper. Photo Adam Barker.

Adam Barker is a world-class photographer, a great skier and a passionate fly fisherman. Two of those passions came into play recently when he headed down to the Seychelles, for the rarefied sport of  pursuing Giant Trevally. Base camp was Cosmoledo Atoll, and it can be booked though Alphonse Fishing Company.

In Barker’s words, “anglers go there primarily to fish for GT’s (Giant Trevally), but Cosmo is well known for its diverse array of highly-prized gamefish like Indo-Pacific permit, milkfish, parrotfish, triggerfish, bonefish and many more.  Between big planes, puddle jumpers and a boat ride, it took me 44 hours to get there from my home in Salt Lake City. When you look up ‘remote’ on the ol’ Google, Cosmo just might be the first reference. Ha. ‘There’ is a small island with nothing more than large luxury canvas tent as “hotel lobby” and (well appointed and air conditioned) converted shipping containers serving as lodging. It is an absolute 5-star experience with gourmet meals prepared nightly (including fresh caught sashimi/sushi night on the beach). ”

An aerial view of the lodge and crew quarters at Cosmoledo. Photo Adam Barker.


Dawn’s early light. Photo Adam Barker.


Veteran guide Brandon Poole checking some of his favorite coral heads for a bruiser. Photo Adam Barker.


Oliver White strips line above Cosmo’s emerald waters. Photo Adam Barker.

Oliver White with a Bohar Snapper. Photo Adam Barker.


Double! Anglers Drew Chicone (L) and Oliver White (R) display their fishy spoils (Giant Trevally and Blue Trevally respectively) before a healthy release. Photo Adam Barker.


A colorful Bohar Snapper brought to hand by angler Oliver White. Photo Adam Barker.


The Outer Islands of the Seychelles are known for their exceptional water clarity. Photo Adam Barker.


Angler Drew Chicone chasing down his next catch in the early dawn light. Photo Adam Barker.


Guests enjoy Cosmo’s version of Happy Hour. Photo Adam Barker.


Cosmoledo Atoll’s home base is a well-appointed canvas tent complete with fresh-cooked gourmet breakfast and dinner daily. Photo Adam Barker.


Cocktail hour and fish tales. Photo Adam Barker.


Got sushi? Doesn’t get much fresher than sushi night on Cosmoledo. Photo Adam Barker.


The ultimate stare down with a GT (Giant Trevally). Photo Adam Barker.


One last cast. Photo Adam Barker.



Adam Barker is a renowned veteran in the outdoor photography world. Hailing from the mountain metropolis of Salt Lake City, UT, and specializing in active lifestyle, outdoor and travel photography, Barker has traveled the globe capturing five-star imagery from Southeast Asia to Antarctica. His work has appeared on countless magazine covers and editorial features within the skiing, flyfishing and general outdoor genres including Powder, SKI, Skiing, The Flyfish Journal, Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal and many more. Barker regularly produces work for commercial clients including YETI, Treager Grills, Columbia Sportswear, Lifestraw, Utah Office of Tourism, Panasonic, Manfrotto, Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort and others. 
Barker’s work is summed up by a transcendental style that takes the viewer “there”. A true student of and scholar to the craft, Barker seeks to convey a sense of place and purpose in his imagery through three-dimensional composition and, most importantly, inimitable light. When not working in the field, he can be found spending time (preferably in the big beautiful world) with his three sons and wife, on his road bike or neck deep in Utah’s finest powder. To see more of Barker’s work, visit him on Instagram at @AdamBarkerPhotography or on his website at www.adambarkerphotography.com

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