Great fishing was experienced on St Francois Atoll last week as the full moon approached. The week started with a spring tide and 12 eager anglers keen to wet their lines and bend their rods. A strong south-easterly wind blew making casting a challenge for the anglers however this did not affect fishing with some amazing catches reported. The spring tides allowed for excellent shots at GT’s, milkfish, bonefish and triggerfish. A few anglers also ventured into the deeper waters on the outside of the lagoon with an estimated 40 fish being landed in one day between anglers Bill and Dinks.
Day one on the atoll was a fantastic day with sunny weather and a strong breeze. A total of 127 bonefish were landed, the biggest measuring 60 cm caught by John who also managed to land a 65 cm GT. Dave landed an impressive 87 cm GT.
On day two anglers managed to land 103 bonefish. Tom landed an amazing 50 cm moustache triggerfish. Adrian, who has been visiting for the last five years, caught a very well deserved 97 cm GT on a popper in the famous Ignobilis Channel for the first time. Allen landed a 67 cm GT that was hunting on the back of a ray on a late afternoon pushing tide.
On day three a whopping 140 bonefish were landed the biggest measuring 62 cm caught by Bill. A 25 cm moustache trigger was caught by Dinks after working hard over the first few days to catch one. A 94 cm milkfish was landed by Bob after a 30 minute fight. Bob managed to land the first milkfish of this Alphonse season.
On day four, 67 bonefish were landed. It was a challenging day with high wind speeds and isolated rain showers throughout the day.
Day five was a great day for all anglers, 43 bonefish were landed. Dave and Frederick landed three GT’s measuring 67, 74 and 87 cm. John was lucky enough to land a one metre + GT which was the biggest GT catch of the week.
Day six saw 50 bonefish being landed between the 12 Anglers. Tom landed a 30 cm moustache triggerfish. Bob caught his first GT measuring 37 cm.
Another fantastic week was spent at Alphonse Island fishing St Francois Atoll. Memories were made and bonds were formed that will last a lifetime. Stay tuned for next week’s report as we are sure you won’t want to miss it.
Alphonse Fishing Co. Guides on Alphonse Island
TOTAL CATCH STATS FROM 12 ANGLERS THIS WEEK: