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Seychelles Fishing Report - Alphonse & Cosmoledo


Alphonse Fishing Company News - 28th November to 05th December 2020

Perfect weather, brilliant fishing and amazing people are all good ways to describe Alphonse Atoll over week eight of the season. Anglers were lucky enough to fish a full moon spring tide over the week which allowed anglers to fish for all species and walk the surf.

Day one was off to a good start for two experienced saltwater anglers. Christoph landed his first GT measuring 63 cm, the 63 cm fish was a tagged recapture which does not happen very often on Alphonse.

Over the last two years, a GT tagging program has been put in place to study the recapture rate, movement and growth rate of GTs around Alphonse and St Francois Atoll. Over the past two years of the GT tagging program, only 10 fish have ever been recaptured due to the massive number of fish present on the atoll.

Jorg who was Chris’ angling partner over the week managed to hook into a monster-sized GT on day one, the fish was estimated at around 120 cm in size but was sadly attacked by a massive lemon shark towards the end of the fight. On day two Chris and Jorg hit the water with vengeance and both managed to land a 77 cm and a 76 cm fish on the flats.

On day three Chris and Jorg managed to tick off their trophy bones. Both anglers managed to land 60 cm bonefish which weigh around 6 lbs. On day four Jorg managed to land a 60 cm GT on the surf guided by the legendary James as well as four bluefin trevally between the two anglers.

On day six history was made and the impossible happened. Jorg landed two GTs measuring 60 cm and 70 cm and Chris did what no angler has ever done before. Chris started by landing a trigger slam consisting of a Picasso triggerfish, a huge yellowmargin triggerfish and then a massive moustache triggerfish. Chris also landed a Golden Grand Slam consisting of a milkfish, GT, bonefish, permit and a triggerfish. This was the second Golden Grand Slam in the history of Alphonse Atoll fishing!

Nick and Mark also had a brilliant day on the water. Mark landed a massive 58 cm yellowmargin triggerfish followed by three GTs measuring 67 cm, 81 cm and 84 cm as well as a few bonefish which is a Flats Slam. Nick managed to land a 67 cm and an 80 cm GT.

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 from the Alphonse Fishing Co. Team on Alphonse Island. 

TOTAL NUMBER OF ANGLERS : 5

Bonefish 50
Giant trevally 11
Bluefin Trevally 8
Triggerfish 3
Milkfish 1
Permit 1

Alphonse Fishing Company News - 05th to 12th December 2020

The fishing around Alphonse and St Francois has been exceptional over the last week and some brilliant catches have been reported. Anglers were able to fish a neap tide for most of the week. The beginning of the week started with excellent weather with the wind swinging between east and west. Towards the end of the week, the wind finally settled in a westerly direction which brought with it some amazing GT fishing as well as the bonefishing being on top form! Anglers managed to land a total of 269 bones over the week.

Day one of the week started off well for Mark Jensen. Mark landed a beautiful 94 cm milkfish off the boat guided by the legendary Kyle Simpson. Josef Kuncl managed to land his very first bonefish and Stuart Bird landed a large 62 cm GT. On day three Alan Olivier and Stuart landed a 66 cm and a 70 cm GT.

Nick Jensen decided to try his luck on a bluewater expedition. The guide team managed to raise eight sailfish and Nick was fortunate enough to also land a wahoo on fly. On day four a very keen young angler, Luke Waterman landed his very first flats slam guided by James Christmas. Luke landed a massive moustache triggerfish, a nice 66 cm GT and a nice sized bonefish. Luke aspires to become a fly fishing guide in the very near future.

On day four Dale Waterman landed his first yellowmargin triggerfish, a small permit, and a few bonefish. On day five Dale managed to land a massive 85 cm GT guided by Matt Philips. On day six Mark was being guided by Dean Scott. Dean decided to fish the top of the St Francois Lagoon and managed to guide Mark onto the fish of a lifetime, Mark managed to land a massive 102 cm GT!

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 from the Alphonse Fishing Co. Team on Alphonse Island.

TOTAL NUMBER OF ANGLERS: 10

Bonefish 269
Giant trevally 11
Bluefin trevally 14
Triggerfish 4
Milkfish 3
Permit 2

Cosmoledo Atoll Fishing News - 28th November to 05th December 2020

The start of the Cosmoledo season will be one that is spoken about for a long time. We welcomed some familiar faces and some new faces for the opening week for arguably one of the most amazing weeks which was coupled with great tides, wonderful weather, and sensational fishing.
 
Starting off the new Cosmo season was Michael, with limited fly fishing experience went from strength to strength landing some good fish in the beginning of the week and then cracking the one metre+ mark not once but twice with a 104 cm and a 117 cm GT. What a wonderful achievement so early in the season!
 
A special mention must go out to Chantel who once again showed her tenacity to defy all limits, she managed to land 20 + GTs for the week. Amongst the mix was a sneaky 110 cm GT and a magical emerald parrotfish, this being her second parrot this season.
 
Mike early in the week, fishing with Serge, managed a 109 cm GT amongst the 20 + other GTs that were landed. Serge putting the guys on the fish that day, helped Ian into a giant permit of 74 cm. Triggers were being difficult but David managed two moustache triggerfish in one afternoon and Josh and Darren added to the triggerfish tally.
 
The day of the week and fish of the week happened midweek with Josh and Darren. The morning started with Josh landing a 64 cm permit by 8:45am and then moved onto a 119 cm GT on the popper. Not to be outdone Darren landed a record-breaking GT of 141 cm, truly a fish of a lifetime. Showing once again Cosmoledio is the true land of the GT.

Good memories and unforgettable moments taken home by all.

Tight lines from the Alphonse Fishing Co. Team on Cosmoledo Atoll.

TOTAL NUMBER OF ANGLERS : 10

Giant trevally 181
Bonefish 10
Triggerfish 6
Permit 3
Emerald parrotfish 1

Cosmoledo Atoll Fishing News - 05th too 12th December 2020

Week two started with a bang! All guests, except two, were seasonal returners to this incredible part of the world, so expectations were high and we were so excited to see the results of this full-week neap tide. Matt and Mark Bielovich had heard the stories about how Cosmo produced but only after their week could they actually comment on how large, diverse and truly memorable a Cosmo trip really is!
 
Matt and Mark had daily interactions with multiple GTs but the fish that made it most memorable for them was a 105 cm GT caught with Serge on the white sand flats. Week one of the Cosmoledo season produced a huge fish of 141 cm and a total of 181 GTs. This week produced 200 GTs and multiple fish over one metre including those of 105, 106, 110 and 123 cm!
 
The weather and the conditions were almost too still and glassy making it tough to see fish in the knee to waist deep water that was experienced all week. Ray Cadiz once again stood out with not only catching multiple GTs but also the only moustache triggerfish which was 52 cm as well as a spectacle golden-nugget of a permit measuring in at 64 cm.
 
Peter Steward managed a magical 106 cm GT and a few other quality fish. Matt Ferry was crowned angler of the week, landing a whopping 123 cm GT mid-week and the very next day he landed a 94 cm GT, and went on to tame a 110 cm GT.

The milks showed up for a short time on the dropping tide, and Justin Kemp crowned himself 'The Milk Man' by bringing the only milky of the week to hand. The barracuda, a fish that is rarely given praise, showed up in full force and three lucky anglers had the pleasure of tussling with these aggressive feeders, landing them before their safe release. These spectacular fish measured in at 114, 112 and 109 cm - these sure are beasts to be reckoned with!
 
What an epic week two of our season out here on Cosmoledo Atoll. We are beyond thrilled with the excellent numbers of GT caught on a neap tide, a true testament to Cosmo being named the GT Capital of the World, and the Land of Giants. We cannot wait to see what the rest of the season produces!
 
Tight lines from the Alphonse Fishing Co. Team on Cosmoledo Atoll.

TOTAL NUMBER OF ANGLERS : 13

Giant trevally 200
Bonefish 22
Triggerfish 1
Permit 1
Barracuda 3


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