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Cosmoledo & Alphonse News - 13th March to 8th April 2021


Cosmoledo Atoll - 18th to 25th March 2021

Cosmoledo was back into neap tides on week four and welcomes five guests! Chantal being a familiar face on the atoll and the four new guests, therefore a brand new experience for them. The weather was predicted to be challenging and we expected the worst on day one and two.

The weatherman was wrong and the fish knew it so they were all out to play. Chris and Daniel were paired up for the first day and came home with 11 GTs and a moustache triggerfish.

Chantal played her way through all the bonefish on the first few days and then moved onto the triggerfish at the end of the week. After the week had ended she was on 14 bonefish some of them at the 70 cm mark, two huge yellowmargin triggerfish both being over 50 cm. Her fish of the week being 25 lbs milkfish caught first thing in the morning on the last day.

Not to be outdone, the rest of the group contributed with multiple GTs every day and picked up the bone and trigger numbers for the week. The last day of the week was incredible for everyone on the water, the atoll showed that even if the GTs didn’t want to play there are plenty more species to fish for. Daniel managed a Flats Slam with a magical milkfish in the am, a yellow margin trigger and a few bonefish, his boat partner landed a moustache triggerfish and a few bones.

Joerg finished the week with three triggerfish, two yellowmargin trigger and a moustache trigger. This week was a true testament to the variety that Cosmoledo has to offer.

Tight lines,

from the Alphonse fishing Co team on Cosmoledo Atoll

TOTAL NUMBER OF ANGLERS: 5

Giant Trevally 40
Bonefish 30
Milkfish 2
Triggerfish 8

 

Cosmoledo Atoll - 25th March to 1st April 2021

The last week of the month started with good weather and spring tides, only having eight guests on location made for an exciting week to come.

Chantal going into her second week did very well with yet another huge yellowmargin triggerfish a few GTs and another special milkfish. We had first time visitors, Sandro and Matteo, and the atoll didn’t disappoint. They ticked all the boxes they wanted and caught some magical fish.

One day in particular stood out for Matteo when he managed a 95 cm GT, a moustache triggerfish, a milkfish and a 108 cm barracuda. Sando on the following day caught his personal best GT which measured 115 cm. David had a Flats Slam which included a 54 cm moustache triggerfish. Henrick was gifted a morning with the triggerfish where he hooked five and landed three, his fishing partner Dan ended with two triggerfish, two bonefish and a GT on the same day. It would seem Dan’s luck continued from the previous day, landing a 117cm GT.

Tapani also finished the week with a milkfish, triggerfish and multiple GTs under his belt. The fish of the week was landed by a friend and long standing guest of Cosmoledo, Vadim. The last day of the week Vadim and his guide were on the hunt for a big fish and the fish were found! Twice he was reefed but eventually on the third cast the catch was landed, a 130 cm giant trevally!!

The fishing was certainly amazing for the week with a variety of target species being landed and many personal bests broken.

Tight lines,

from the Alphonse fishing Co. team on Cosmoledo Atoll

TOTAL NUMBER OF ANGLERS: 8

Giant trevally 76
Bonefish 10
Milkfish 8
Triggerfish 13

 

Cosmoledo Atoll - 1st to 8th April 2021

The season for Cosmo is nearing an end with four weeks to go and as always the SE monsoon is approaching fast. Wind, clouds and rain were predicted to hound us all week. Chantal on her third week was happy to not fight the weather and fish for bonefish while the weather was making it difficult to look for GT and triggerfish. Chantal did however manage to end her week with another large moustache triggerfish of 48 cm.

The six new guests for the week pushed through the week and managed some incredible fish. After a very tough first day, Klaus not only opened his account but managed a 103 cm GT. Continuing from where he left off he ticked another box the next day with a magical yellowmargin triggerfish. Kevin and Giacomo rolled through the week with a very positive outlook despite the weather and not only saw but also managed a good number of GTs to add to their personal tally.

Tom had a day of days in the middle of the week where he hooked and landed a huge GT. The fish were not only a personal best but the way the event happened will stay in his memories forever. In the shortest possible explanation the fish was seen and hooked on the edge of one of the island cliffs, it managed to get wrapped around coral on eight different occasions with the guide having to dive into the water and free the fly line. The GT was eventually landed and measured in at 123 cm, a story and a fish never to be forgotten.

The weather cleared up for the last two days of the week and the GT numbers seen went up with all of the guests catching a few each day.

Tight lines,

from the Alphonse fishing Co. team on Cosmoledo Atoll

TOTAL NUMBER OF ANGLERS: 7

Giant Trevally 27
Bonefish 39
Triggerfish 3

 

Alphonse Island - 13th to 20th March 2021

The weather has been brilliant and so has the fishing around St Francois and Alphonse Atolls over the last week.

The bonefishing was insanely good over the spring drop with all anglers landing huge amounts of bonefish to start the week off. Jeff and Geoffrey both started day one off with a bang with both anglers landing 20+ bones each on their first session. The bluefin King “Mike Howarth” was at it again. If Mike isn’t harassing sailfish then he is on the flats doing what he does best. Mike started day one off with a fantastic 65 cm GT.

On tops of fantastic catches on the flats, the bluewater also had lots to show. Kate managed to land her first sailfish ever. The fish estimated at around 90 lbs, which is a massive fish considering it was only her first. Mike cleaned up on the sailfish and wahoo. Mike managed to land a massive wahoo while trawling for bonito on his famous broken 9 wt, Mike landed a fantastic sailfish soon thereafter.

The Howarth Family sadly had to leave us this week after staying on the island for three months. Mike and Nick decided to end their trip off with one last bluewater session right before their flight. Mike managed to land three sailfish. What a fantastic way to end off a trip to magical Alphonse.

Another fantastic week was spent at Alphonse Island fishing the 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.

Tight lines,

Alphonse Fishing Company on Alphonse Island

TOTAL NUMBER OF ANGLERS: 5

Bonefish 154
Giant trevally 1
Bluefin trevally 4
Sailfish 6
Wahoo 3

 

Alphonse Island - 27th March to 3rd April 2021

Anglers were treated this week to fantastic weather and brilliant tides. Alphonse was host to a small handful of guests this week who thoroughly enjoyed the fishing. The tides transitioned into a full moon spring tide allowing anglers to walk the surf line for most of the week.

We were lucky to be joined by Buck a seasoned Alaskan fly-fishing guide. Buck had some bad luck losing fish over the week but did manage to land a fantastic 55 cm moustache triggerfish while on a surf walk and then went on to top his week off landing a beautiful 30 cm permit on the last day of his week.

Duncan joined us for his very first flats fishing experience. Duncan did extremely well for his first time. He started his week off by landing his first bonefish and topped the day off by landing a monster 60 cm bonefish. Duncan was keen to land his first GT and spent most of the week hunting GTs in between the bonefishing. On day three Duncan finally went tight on a GT while popping behind the waves. After much perseverance, Duncan managed to land a wonderful 77 cm GT.

The bonefish were out in full force over the week, with a total of 72 bonefish being landed over the week between a small group of anglers with the largest bone measuring 60 cm.

The bluewater fishing was also performing this week with Greg Lyak managing to land three sailfish on one day as well as one wahoo and then ended the week with another sailfish. Rod Thorington managed to end his week off with a bang. Rod fished a half-day on the flats and then jumped on our bluewater boat in the afternoon and landed a wahoo and a sailfish.

Another fantastic week was spent at Alphonse Island fishing the 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.

Tight lines,

Alphonse Fishing Company on Alphonse Island

TOTAL NUMBER OF ANGLERS: 5

Bonefish 72
Giant trevally 1
Bluefin trevally 4
Triggerfish 1
Permit 2
Sailfish 5
Wahoo 2

 


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