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Seychelles Fishing News, 7th - 28th December 2019

Updates from Alphonse Island, Cosmoledo Atoll & Astove Atoll, December 2019


Alphonse Island Fishing News - 7th - 14th December 2019

From a tropical cyclone last week to the most perfect weather the Seychelles has to offer this week, anglers were extremely lucky to experience amazing conditions throughout the entire week. The wind turned to a light westerly which brought with it calm waters and amazing catches. The good conditions brought the milkfish to the surface allowing anglers to make shots throughout the week.

The weeks bonefishing was brilliant as always. Anglers managed to land a total of 366 bonefish. The biggest bonefish of the season was landed by Marcel measuring a whopping 69 cm. Day one was a brilliant day for all anglers. Andrew managed to catch the fish of a lifetime, a 66 cm permit. Mark and Colin landed one GT each. Two sailfish were landed on fly by anglers on a bluewater mission. Another two GT’s were landed on day two by David and Phillip.

Day six turned out to be the day for GT’s. James landed an 80 cm GT, Collin landed a fair-sized GT and the champion angler of the week Mark, managed to land three GT’s in one session which were extremely good catches. Many anglers made shots at milkfish throughout the week, Richard almost landed a massive milkfish but unfortunately lost the fish at the boat after a one-hour long struggle and Paul landed a beautiful 90 cm milkfish on day six. Another three sailfish were landed by Jeff and Dale who were diverted to Alphonse due to bad weather on the Providence Atoll.

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.

Tight Lines,

The Alphonse Fishing Co. Team on Alphonse Island 

TOTAL CATCH STATS FROM 10 ANGLERS THIS WEEK:
Bonefish 366
Permit 1
Giant trevally 14
Triggerfish 4
Milkfish 1
Sailfish 5
Wahoo 2

Alphonse Island Fishing News - 14th - 21st December 2019

Great fishing was experienced on St Francois Atoll last week as the full moon approached. The week started with a spring tide and some very eager anglers keen to wet their lines and bend their rods. The spring tides allowed for excellent shots at many different species of fish. The milkfish have also been very active, with many fish being hooked but unfortunately very few landed.

The bonefishing as always has been insane, anglers managed to land a total of 232 bonefish, the largest bonefish of the week was landed by Mr Trim measuring 68 cm.

On day one anglers spent their day targeting bonefish, getting their eyes in and stretching their lines. On day two things got more serious. Arni managed to land a massive 103 cm GT which is certainly the catch of a lifetime. Andrew landed a 72 cm GT and Paul landed a yellowmargin triggerfish. On day three Arni managed to land another GT measuring 72 cm. On day four Ryan and Victoria decided to try their hand at sailfish on the fly. About seven sailfish were teased up, Ryan lost one fish however he managed to land a beautiful sailfish later that day.

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, 

The Alphonse Fishing Co. Team on Alphonse Island

TOTAL CATCH STATS FROM 10 ANGLERS THIS WEEK:
Bonefish 232
Giant trevally 7
Triggerfish 3
Bluefin trevally 2

Alphonse Island Fishing News - 21st - 28th December 2019

It has been a very jolly Christmas on Alphonse Island this past week. Anglers have been extremely fortunate to experience fairly decent weather conditions however, a fairly strong westerly wind has been blowing with a transition from a neap to a spring tide. The fishing has been very good with some anglers walking away with their catch of a lifetime.

The bonefishing was brilliant as always, anglers have managed to land a grand total of 149 bonefish over the week. The week was off to a good start with Ralph landing a beautiful 75 cm GT. Terrance landing the permit of a lifetime measuring 44 cm on top of all that and the brothers managed to land some decent sized bonefish. David landed the GT of the day measuring a massive 104 cm - any GT caught measuring over 100 cm is considered a trophy fish.

Tommy, a legendary guide and angler, joined us for Christmas. On day one Tommy managed to land two moustache triggerfish measuring 35 cm and a massive 50 cm. Day two was a good day for Simon who managed to land his first bonefish as well as a beautiful 30 cm permit. On day three we saw Tommy land another two GT’s measuring 65 cm and 70 cm as well as a monster bluefin trevally measuring 70 cm.

Wyatt, a young man who worked hard over the week to land a GT finally did. Wyatt landed a 63 cm GT fishing the famous Milkyway Channel, Wyatt also landed an impressive 65 cm bluefin trevally later that day topped off with some nice big bonefish.

Day six was the day for GT’s, a very experienced Alphonse Atoll fisherman, David, managed to land a flats slam consisting of a bonefish, a 44 cm moustache triggerfish, and an impressive 88 cm GT. Mark was certainly the angler of the day, Mark managed to land four GT’s measuring 60 cm, 75 cm, 91 cm and a massive 103 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.

Tight lines, 

The Alphonse Fishing Co. Team on Alphonse Island

TOTAL CATCH STATS FROM 10 ANGLERS THIS WEEK:
Bonefish 149
Permit 2
Giant trevally 15
Triggerfish 6
Bluefin trevally 9

Cosmoledo Atoll Fishing News - 12th - 19th December 2019

The constant unstable weather conditions finally passed us by which allowed the return of Chris, Bruce and Gary, Justin, Ryan, Ray, Matt, Bobby, Dr Mike and new to the flats of the Seychelles, Gordon. It was a week of two halves as the first three days were filled with GT’s, the group caught 64 on the first day alone! Sadly, Chris lost the tug of war to a monster that parted his fly line. The last three days as the GT count slowed, the opportunity for milkfish and triggerfish presented themselves and in the end, five milkfish were landed with three additional milkfish being hooked but not landed and six triggerfish.

There were two slams this week, first up was Dr Solomon with a Flats Slam consisting of a GT, triggerfish and bonefish all in one day. Secondly, Bruce came home with a Grand Slam compiling of a GT, milkfish and a bonefish. Although there were multiple highlights throughout the week, the standouts were – Dr. Sol managing to get the biggest GT of the week measuring 103 cm. Justin landing a GT measuring 100 cm. Matt landed two barracuda, the first being a behemoth of a fish. Bruce got his first triggerfish and milkfish as well as a napoleon wrasse. Gordon, being on his first-ever saltwater fly fishing trip managed to land his first GT, milkfish, triggerfish and bonefish, along with a variety of other species to add to his list. Chris landing his biggest GT on the fly in the surf together with an impressive saddleback grouper.

Wishing all a very Merry Festive Season from the entire Cosmo team

Tight Lines,

The Alphonse Fishing Co. Team on Cosmoledo Atoll

TOTAL CATCH STATS FROM 10 ANGLERS THIS WEEK:
Giant trevally 167
Milkfish 5
Triggerfish 6
Bonefish 7

Astove Atoll Fishing News - 7th - 14th December 2019

The week started at the tail end of a cyclone that blew the lodge around but survived with no damage. Unsure of how the fish were going to react after such strong winds from all directions and a massive swell, the team was nervous but ready to get out on the flats. To the guests and our amazement, the weather turned into some of the calmest and hottest days we had experienced on Astove. Spring tides and flat seas had everyone on the outer edges of the atoll looking for those aggressive hungry GT’s.

The opening day yielded some amazing results with everyone in the group opening their accounts with at least two GT’s. David landing the most impressive fish of the day measuring 94 cm. Day two the weather and the fish didn’t disappoint, Samuel and Keoni were straight into the action on north point seeing fish on rays, fish on sharks and multiple fish riding the swell. After two double-ups on GT’s, Keoni, unfortunately, broke the tip of his rod but was not outdone and still landed two more GT's on a rod with no tip before his new rod was dropped off. In the settling dust of the giant trevally madness, a group of very large bonefish appeared and Sam was able to get into a huge 70 cm fish. Derek, Philip and Courtney were down near the mouth and had a spectacle of a push with multiple groups of giant trevally pushing up into the lagoon destroying all the baitfish in their path. Dave and Zach heard about the action and dropped down from the upper lagoon where they too had multiple shots at some marauding groups of GT’s. Dave again taking top honors with a 92 cm GT. Dave’s fishing partner, Zack, had a great start to the third day laying out a long cast and convincing a brilliant 99 cm GT to eat within 30 minutes of the day. Philip who was having a slow start changed that by the afternoon landing three GT's 74 cm, 86 cm, 90 cm and a wonderful giant triggerfish in a slightly unorthodox fashion on the cliffs. The trigger eating in very deep water and simply sipped the crab pattern up like a dry fly. Philip completing the slam by sneaking a bonefish just before mooring the skiff.

The rest of the week continued to be amazing with continued GT action and multiple species caught, Zack landing a yellowmargin triggerfish and Keoni landing an awesome 25 lbs milkfish were just a few of the other fish to mention.

Tight Lines,

The Alphonse Fishing Co. Team on Astove Atoll

TOTAL CATCH STATS FROM 4 ANGLERS THIS WEEK:
Giant trevally 72
Triggerfish 5
Bones 30
Milkfish 1


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