A 127 cm GT landed on St Francois Atoll, a mixed week of leisure, diving, and fishing guests, but still a 104 cm GT in the surf for Cosmoledo. Astove had two anglers with impressive catch numbers and a testing week on Farquhar tut still some great catches.
Alphonse Island Fishing Report
14th - 21st March 2020
Unfortunately, the Alphonse Island season ended a few weeks early due to the Covid-19 outbreak. However, the guests that spent the final week of the season at Alphonse were able to land some absolutely fantastic catches. The weather throughout the week was excellent with a light northwesterly wind blowing. Anglers were fortunate enough to fish a neap tide. The bonefishing was brilliant as usual, anglers landed 307 bonefish over the week. The largest bonefish of the week measured a massive 68 cm which is a fantastic specimen.
Day one was off to a bang for Peter who managed to land a massive 50 cm yellowmargin triggerfish. Mark landed his first moustache triggerfish on day one as well.
Ms Chantal, a famous and legendary Alphonse angler, landed another yellowmargin triggerfish on day three measuring 40 cm. Day four was the best day on the water, Nick landed a fantastic 40 cm permit. Peter landed the biggest GT of the season measuring a whopping 127 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.
Alphonse Fishing Co. Guides on Alphonse Island
TOTAL CATCH STATS FROM 8 ANGLERS THIS WEEK:
Giant trevally 1
Bluefin trevally 7
Cosmoledo Atoll Fishing News
12th - 17th March 2020
Week 17 was a rather unusual week out here on Cosmoledo as there was a mixed bag of divers, fly anglers and leisure all enjoying what Cosmoledo has to offer.
Barbera and Charles headed up the diving for the week and were joined by Sue and Carol later in the week. Diving at Cosmoledo is an amazing experience. They had great sightings during their dives including huge schooling batfish, oriental sweetlips, and barracuda.
Denis and Nadia had the fishery all to themselves for the first few days and capitalised on some great opportunities, however strong winds made it difficult at times. They both landed a fair amount of giant trevally and Nadia landed a fantastic yellowmargin triggerfish on the final day.
David and Greg joined us on Monday and got stuck into the fishing straight away. David landing the fish of the week, a wonderful 104 cm GT in the surf zone, what a catch for him!
Alphonse Fishing Co. Guides on Cosmoledo Atoll
TOTAL CATCH STATS FROM 4 ANGLERS THIS WEEK:
Giant trevally 6
Astove Atoll Fishing News
16th - 23rd March 2020
Week 19 was a combination week with leisure and fishing guests on the island. Moving from neaps to springs opened the opportunity to cover lots of water and see almost the entire Astove Atoll in the week.
We only had two fishermen on sight which was very beneficial to us all. Michael and Angus (Australian fire fund auction winner) had exceptional weather for the week despite Saturday and Sunday being very breezy.
Day one was spent in the north of the Atoll and the fish played their part showing up in big numbers. Mike managed a decent 70 cm GT and the rest were taken as a learning curve for times to come. By midweek the weather was still amazingly still and full of sunshine, the practice paid off with each guest getting four GT’s each for two days in a row.
One special day to remember was described to me by the guests as unexplainably magical. It all started at the mouth of the lagoon where there were huge numbers of rays waiting for the tide to push and almost everyone had a GT on it. On three separate occasions, the guests were onto a double and would literally land a fish, release it and make another shot.
Once the fish started to disperse the guys moved to the outside of the reef to do some teasing, within minutes, both guests cast to sailfish, they were both not even 20 metres out. After the sails left us alone it was onto the GT’s once again and almost all of the afternoon was spent fishing to packs of 10-15 GT’s on the tease.
The last two days of the week were not as easy weather-wise, but Mike and Angus pushed on and still managed some great fish. Mikes best fish for the week being a 95 cm GT and Gus being an 80 cm GT.
The Alphonse Fishing Co. Team on Astove Atoll
TOTAL CATCH STATS FROM 2 ANGLERS THIS WEEK:
Giant trevally 14
Farquhar Atoll Fishing News
11th - 18th March 2020
This week of Farquhar guests faced some of the most challenging weather yet with very little sunlight, lots of rain and high winds; the team managed to brave it out and still land some awesome fish.
Despite the testing weather conditions and poor visibility the anglers persevered and between ten anglers we were able to bring in eight GT’s. Of these eight, both Bill and Thomas settled the scores and landed two each for the week.
The biggest GT of the week was caught by Jersey on the final hours of the last day amongst a group of fish feeding on needlefish, it measured in at 90 cm. Jersey also managed to land the only bumphead parrotfish of the week close to Second Island. Thomas pushed on and he also landed a trophy moustache triggerfish - the only triggerfish of the week.
All the anglers can be proud of themselves for pushing through the testing conditions and landing noteworthy catches.
Alphonse Fishing Co. Guides on Farquhar Atoll
TOTAL CATCH STATS FROM 10 ANGLERS THIS WEEK:
Giant trevally 8
Bumphead parrotfish 1
Napoleon wrasse 1