MAURITIUS - ST BRANDONS - LOTS OF 10LBS PLUS BONES AND PERMIT WITH A MEGA GT LOST...TWO WEEKS OF NEWS...
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St Brandon’s 2-11 May
Our clients for this trip consisted of guys from all corners of the globe, some of whom were St Brandon’s regulars along with some chaps who were yet to experience this amazing fishery.
Our tides for the week dictated we had big spring tides at the end of the week and as such we decided to focus our efforts on the Bones for the first few days and would then begin to look for the Permit and Trevally. We kicked off strong once again with big numbers of Bonefish being present on most of the flats, and it wasn’t long before everyone realised why St Brandon’s is such a special place with Bonefish of 7lb plus sitting on every second flat. As luck would have it we did see good numbers of tailing Permit in between the Bones even on these tides. The tides were really working in our favour and gave everyone the opportunity to fish for single tailing Bonefish in ankle deep water, classic Bonefishing! John Riley also managed to get some nice Golden Trevally in between the shoals of Bonefish. As we all got back after the first day’s fishing the stories started to roll in with smiles all round. Helgard had only one thing on his mind and that was the elusive Permit. He was to spend the third day with me and I decided to go up north and take a look at some less explored water and hopefully some feeding Permit to go with it. We started off well with catching two good sized Greenspot Trevally on white sand flat. Luck too was on our side and we started seeing good numbers of Permit on some coral patches next to the islands. We hooked and landed a small Permit, and even though it was by no means a monster, Helard has fished enough for these finicky fish to know each one is special. As the day went on we had two more eats from Permit but sadly no conversions. Rod however managed to land the first 10lb bone for the trip, a good day indeed!
I was excited by the good number of Permit that I had seen in the North so decided to take our two US guests there on the 4th day. We started off strong once again with some classic bonefishing. As we started walking around one of the smaller islands I like, I saw a nice Permit slowly making its way towards us. Pete managed to make a good cast and the fish ate! After a good fight we landed the 14lb Permit, the second one for the trip and further proof St Brandon’s really is a truly special fishery.
Tim decided to head down south as the tides looked good for most spots in that area. The plan worked and John landed a beautiful GT of 82cm and later a trophy GT of 113cm. To cap it off John also managed to land a Bonefish of 11lb. Our Russian client was really looking for some different species as it was his first ever saltwater trip and so Nick managed to get him stuck into a beautiful Yellow dotted Trevally one of the bigger ones we’ve seen caught on St Brandon’s. Every day out on the flats is enjoyable, but this was one was truly special ones. And it was really uplifting to hear comments from a well travelled anglers (Rod) when he said -“This was probably the best days flat fishing I’ve ever experienced!”.
As the week went along we started to find some new areas where the Bonefish were holding, some of these shoals were so large they had 500+ fish in them and one could get a hook-up on almost every cast before the shoals slowly moved away. Nick and Tim found two new GT spots and came back with some very exciting feedback of good numbers of GT’s swimming around some recently discovered bommies.
All in all this was yet another great week on the atoll with every angler landing a 10lb+ Bonefish. We also managed to land some Permit as well as numerous Trevally to further spice things up. We are dying to get stuck into the next few trips!
Until next time
St Brandon’s Blog: 13-21 May 2013
As we saw Port Louis disappearing in the distance we were itching to get back to St Brandon’s after a few days in port. Nick and I accompanied the clients on the Gryphon to later meet up with Brad and Tim who had stayed behind on the atoll. Our group this week consisted of a couple of regular Australian clients Peter and Harvey, along with another two of their Aussie mates, Jeff and Louis from the US as well Graham and Lance from SA. After a reasonable crossing we anchored up where Tim and Brad were waiting for us.
After a brief planning session all four of us and our eight guests headed out with high hopes. We had neap tides to begin with and as such our main focus would revolve around the Bonefish with one or two clients looking at a possible trophy. It didn’t take long before the accounts were opened as the Bones were spread out all over the flats and the guys climbed in. This set the tone and for the first the chaps experienced Bonefishing which can only be experienced on St Brandon’s. Although none were landed in the first two days, good numbers of Permit were around….it was surely going to be matter of time.
Jeff and Louis who were being guided by Nick had a cracker 3rd day landing a good number of Bones over 8lb including two fish over the 10lb mark. It didn’t take long before the other guys joined the party with Lance also joining the 10lb club. Not to be out done Harvey landing a beautiful 11.5lb Bonefish, which in any environment is a fish of a lifetime….Congrats Harv!
On day 4 Lance and Graeme made it clear to me that they really wanted to go for Permit as their Bonefish expectations has been more than met. The day however started once again with good numbers of Bonefish, and unable to let the opportunity slip by, Lance and Graeme cashed in on some quality fish. Our last walk before lunch was just below Yellow Flat and off the bat we started seeing some good Permit feeding in some shallow depressions. Just as we were about to have lunch Lance hooked up with a beautiful 12lb Permit which had our hearts in our mouths as it headed straight for the coral bommies. After chasing it for a while the fish finally made it to the net, following which there were smiles all round and a sense of great relief and accomplishment. The afternoon session provided more good shots on Permit but sadly we didn’t manage to get any to eat. All in all though, it was an awesome day out.
The following day Tim guided Lance and Graeme and they were on the lookout for some big Trevally and it didn’t take long before Lance hooked up to and landed a beautiful 15lb Bluefin Trevally. Later on while stalking some Permit at Big, Tim’s eye caught sight of a 120cm+ GT facing into the current as if waiting for a fly to be cast its way. Graeme made the most of the opportunity and got a good cast in, leading the fish perfectly. As the fly hit the water the fish shot forward and hit the fly with immense power catching Graeme slightly off guard. Unfortunately the fly line got wrapped around the rod butt and the hook straightened which resulted in a lost fish…..I guess we cannot win them all.
The following day Peter managed to land his personal best Bonefish with a monster of 11lb. The same day delivered another two 10lb fish, one to Dave and the other by Harvey, which was now his second 10lb + Bonefish for the trip. The last day consisted of some more scary big Bonefish being caught with Peter getting yet another 10lb fish for the trip bringing the total up to nine fish of the 10lb mark. This place never ceases to amaze!
Our Aussie friends made it clear to us that this was their best fishing trip they have ever been on and which means a lot coming from a group who have fished extensively their whole lives, including some of the finest destinations on the planet. Personally for me this was another extremely enjoyable and rewarding week on St Brandon’s. Our week had consisted of 9 Bonefish over the 10lb mark, a Permit of 12lb, along with some good Yellow Dot, Golden and Bluefin Trevally just to keep things interesting. It was sadly just the trophy GT which had eluded us, but I guess that’s why they call it fishing and not catching. Sadly now we only have one trip to go before our season ends…rest assured we will be pushing ourselves to the max to make sure it’s a epic one.
Until next time
Cheers from St Brandon’s
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