ALPHONSE ISLAND FISHING NEWS
5th - 12th October 2019
Week three of the season started with variable weather conditions and calm flat seas. Neap tides gave the anglers the opportunity to fish mainly on the white sand flats looking for rays, sharks and the treasures that followed. The end of the week saw the tides transition to springs which gave good opportunity to look for triggers and giant trevally (GT) in the surf.
The low number of rods meant there was very little disturbance around the atoll, this benefitted the guests as they could see a much larger portion of the atoll. Anglers specifically looking for permit benefited from this and one guest in particular caught a magnificent specimen of 60 cm. Bonefish were found across the atoll, showing up in large schools on the high spots and both east knoll and delta were favoured by the guides.
Guests who pursued GT found fish along the finger flats as well as on the white sand, many reporting to have seen rat packs during the day. Many fish were also seen following rays in the mullet bay area. Father and son, Shaun and Collin, had an awesome day with Trevor who guided Shaun onto a grand slam consisting of a permit, GT, bonefish and large triggerfish. Shaun also caught three triggerfish on Friday during the spring tide. One milkfish was hooked by Chris in the last hour on Friday but unfortunately, the fish pulled the hook! It was the only one of the big five fish species for him left to catch on Alphonse.
Ron and Julie were the only guests to venture into the bluewater this week and were rewarded with sailfish, wahoo and tuna all caught on conventional tackle.
Alphonse Fishing Co. Guides on Alphonse Island
FARQUHAR ATOLL FISHING NEWS
9th - 16th October 2019
Difficult conditions dominated most of the week with a strong southeasterly wind blowing. Predominantly cloudy skies were common with light to strong showers passing through regularly. With the full moon, it was a week of full spring tides with large water fluctuations.
Despite the weather, it was a week of big fish. A Seychelles regular, Joern kicked things off with an absolutely massive GT of 134 cm, the largest of the season so far! In addition to that giant, Joern landed three more GTs, Andrew captured two GTs, James managed his first GT and Tim, Murray-John, Andrew and Hilton all landed a GT each.
An amazing permit was caught this week by Andrew. Measuring 84 cm it is the largest caught on Farquhar to date, and a truly special fish. Our group managed 29 bonefish this week with most anglers landing large fish. Alan caught his first bonefish, which was also his first fish on a fly. He went on to catch a bonefish of 66 cm.
Our first bumphead parrotfish of the season came from Joern on the last day of the trip. The fish measured 84 cm!
Congrats to all our anglers this week for an amazing trip!
Alphonse Fishing Co. Guides on Farquhar Atoll