Alphonse Island Fishing Report
15th February - 22nd February 2020
Ten very eager anglers descended upon the shores of Alphonse Island for week 22 of the season. Some anglers were returning guests having fished Alphonse and St Francois more than five times and others were new anglers keen to test their luck at landing a GT or that special bonefish. The weather was good with some windy conditions but nothing that the experienced anglers could not handle. The tides transitioned from neap to spring tides allowing anglers to make some superb shots at fantastic fish with some anglers landing their fish of a lifetime.
The bonefishing was as good as always, anglers started their week off with a bang with all anglers landing some very large bones. The anglers managed to land 212 bonefish in total all ranging in size from 15 cm to 63 cm.
The GT fishing has been extremely good over the past few weeks. Anglers started the week off to a bang on day one. Ronald landed four very nice sized fish measuring 80 cm, 84 cm, 101 cm and 103 cm in size. William landed a brilliant 81 cm GT. Joan landed a nice 84 cm GT and Virginia, a very experienced female angler and return guest to Alphonse, landed two GT’s measuring 65 cm and 72 cm in size on day three.
Day four was a fantastic day for Alister who managed to land a Flats Slam consisting of a 40 cm yellowmargin triggerfish, an 83 cm GT and a nice 30 cm permit.
Jon visited Alphonse for the first time this week with the goal of landing his first GT. Jon worked hard over the week and finally managed to land his first GT on day six measuring 73 cm, John also managed to land a massive 71 cm bluefin trevally.
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.
The Alphonse Fishing Co. Team on Alphonse Island
TOTAL CATCH STATS FROM 10 ANGLERS THIS WEEK:
Giant trevally 20
Bluefin trevally 39
Cosmoledo Atoll Fishing Report
13th February - 20th February 2020
Fishing, diving, and leisure made up week 13 of the Cosmoledo season. With sublime weather experienced (sadly the last day was rainy and gloomy), all the guests had a terrific time in their respective activities.
Tom, Tony, Chris, David, Gill, and Digby spent all week with fly rods in hand. Chris and Digby both managed to achieve Flat Slams which consisted of a bonefish, GT and their first-ever milkfish. These two Flat Slams happened on the same day on the same skiff!
Gill managed to rally up a significant amount of variety of species but her stand out catch was an impressive dogtooth tuna. Tom had a great week by constantly turning the count wheel over. He also managed the biggest fish of the week, a great 109 cm GT.
Riaz spent a large portion of the week underwater admiring the beauty that most people don’t get to see that Cosmoledo has to offer. He had incredibly close encounters with huge napoleon wrasse, hawksbill turtles, GT’s as well a massive shoal of barracuda, just to name a few.
From the leisure perspective, Fiona, Dotty, Rachel and Linda spent their time snorkeling, island hopping, reef walking and doing island nature walks. Their highlights were the Menai Mangrove tour as well as a boat cruise alongside South West Island and witnessing the enormous booby bird population. When they were not on an activity, they spent their time lapping up the sun rays relaxing on the beach loungers.
The Alphonse Fishing Co. Team on Cosmoledo Atoll
TOTAL CATCH STATS FROM 8 ANGLERS THIS WEEK:
Giant trevally 50
Astove Atoll Fishing Report
17th February - 24th February 2020
The new week began with neap tides, fresh guests and lots of water to fish. Neap tides are normally a challenge as fish have the ability to move freely and are not confined to specific feeding or movement patterns. This was not the case this week as the fish were prevalent in all areas.
The first day was extremely hot but this didn’t impact the GT fishing one bit. The teams were spread out all over Astove Atoll but fish were seen all day long and all the guests had fantastic shots at multiple fish. Arno and Jaco, who were on their first fly trip, made a great start with multiple bonefish caught and a spectacular 84 cm GT setting the tempo for the week.
The weather remained stable and the fish stayed active throughout the week. There were multiple achievements by almost all of the guests, every day. A big highlight being Ron, on his annual trip, racking up 24 GT’s and multiple large grouper. Along with Josh catching a few GT’s every day and getting a Flats Slam two days in a row.
After some bad weather, Richard went on a long walk in the east and caught the fish of the week, a 1 metre giant trevally. The group had a great week all round and made the best of the good weather and brilliant fishing conditions.
The Alphonse Fishing Co. Team on Astove Atoll
TOTAL CATCH STATS FROM 6 ANGLERS THIS WEEK:
Giant trevally 56