This season's GT record broken on Alphonse, two flat slams in one day for Farquhar, a 67 cm Indo-pacific permit on Cosmoledo and great fishing despite testing weather on Astove!
Alphonse Island Fishing News
7th to 14th March 2020
We have had a great week on Alphonse and St Francois Atoll. The weather has been good with a strong northwesterly blowing. We have had a full spring tide with a full moon over the week. Anglers landed some amazing catches! The bonefishing was brilliant as usual. Anglers managed to land a total of 280 bonefish with a lot of six – seven-pound fish being landed.
Day two was a great start to the week for the legend Ron. Ron landed two fantastic GT’. The GT’s measured 90 cm and 92 cm. Paul, an Alphonse veteran, managed to land the biggest GT of the season on day two. Paul landed a whopping 125 cm GT expertly guided by Alphonse guide Warren on NYAP in between Bijoutier and St Francois.
On day four David landed two fantastic GT’s measuring 65 cm and 84 cm followed by two moustache triggerfish and two bonefish. Dave managed to land a double slam throughout the day. Geffery worked hard throughout the week to land his first GT. On day five he finally managed to land a beautiful 75 cm GT.
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.
Alphonse Fishing Co. Guides on Alphonse Island
TOTAL CATCH STATS FROM 6 ANGLERS THIS WEEK:
Giant trevally 10
Bluefin trevally 8
Farquhar Atoll Fishing News
5th to 11th March 2020
Anglers were greeted with inclement weather conditions for the opening two days of our 2020 season here on Farquhar, high winds and complete cloud cover made life tough for both guides and anglers.
Charlie, a regular on Farquhar, did however manage to come up trumps on the opening day and landed the first GT of the season. Given the weather conditions, Mark from the USA managed an incredible feat on day two completing a flats slam with a bonefish having already captured a GT and bumphead parrotfish earlier in the day.
Clear skies and a reduction in wind speed on day three gave our anglers a much better perspective on what the Atoll has to offer, and fish encounters increased exponentially. Steve, from Canada, capitalised on the opportunity and landed his first GT ever early in the morning, a monster measuring 107 cm, he proceeded to land three more by the day's end and finished the week as our GT champion.
High quantities of GT were also seen the following day allowing Jesse to open his GT account on a large group of fish tailing close to Diposé Island, while Steve managed to do the same on a smaller group further south.
GT champion Steve finished his week with a moustache triggerfish on the second last day. Our final day of the week was unfortunately destroyed by high wind, heavy rain, and thunderstorms which only allowed us to safely access the flats at 14h00.
Weather conditions were certainly a limiting factor this week, but we are quite excited about the coming weeks and hope for blues skies and clean water.
Alphonse Fishing Co. Guides on Farquhar Atoll
TOTAL CATCH STATS FROM 8 ANGLERS THIS WEEK:
Giant trevally 9
Bumphead parrotfish 1
Cosmoledo Atoll Fishing News
5th to 12th March 2020
Week 16 of the Cosmoledo fishing season saw the return of many anglers back to the flats. Out of the 12 rods, only four were new to the Cosmo experience, namely Paul, George, and Sam and Kate. The familiar faces were Ben, Matt, Justin, Andy, Joe, Julie and Heggie and Shane.
Sadly, conditions were not ideal, and the fishing was a little offbeat, however, there were still some great moments throughout the week.
Julie started off her triggerfish career with a bang after landing the new season’s best moustache triggerfish measure a staggering 57 cm.
George and Sam also managed their first triggers respectively. This was Paul’s first saltwater fishing trip so everything was his first. Apart from landing a few GT’s he was the bonefish champion.
Seychelles veteran, Justin had a solid week by landing the two biggest GT’s of the week, 93 cm and 90 cm, however, it was his 67 cm Indo-pacific permit that was the catch of the week.
When the flats were not working too well, Ben, Andy, and Shane enjoyed a morning on the bluewater boat where they had a lot of fun. Shane hooked but sadly lost a sailfish whilst Ben landed his biggest wahoo on the fly, weighing in at 18 kg / 40 lbs.
Alphonse Fishing Co. Guides on Cosmoledo Atoll
TOTAL CATCH STATS FROM 12 ANGLERS THIS WEEK:
Giant trevally 50
Astove Atoll Fishing News
9th to 16th March 2020
The anglers for week 18 were well accustomed to the fishing on Astove. Combined with prior experience, knowledge and an exciting tide; Robert, Chris, Mark and Christopher were set for a great week.
There were some challenging weather conditions, but the group still managed to get out there and find some fish. Rob opening his account on a feisty 75 cm GT and Chris with a 70 cm GT. The rest of the group saw some good fish, but the weather got the better of them.
Day two and three were very productive days all round, Chris and Rob both getting flats slams with some lovely triggerfish, decent GT’s and some chunky bones in the surf. Chris managed two moustache triggerfish in one-afternoon session.
Chris Agar had a red-letter day on the fourth afternoon with lots of exciting opportunities, GT’s on rays in skinny water, big tailing bones in the surf and numerous tailing triggerfish.
Chris managed four GT’s consisting of one small GT and three fantastic fish of 69 cm, 74 cm, and 80 cm. The only fish that got the better of him was the tricky triggerfish who managed to bite him off twice and miss the hook several times.
Day five and six were very challenging again with the weather but the guys still managed to see some good fish and get some great shots. Mark spent his last day on the cliffs and saw fish from the word go. Multiple shots were had but after breaking a line and breaking a rod all that could be said was “I’ll be back to settle my score.”
The Alphonse Fishing Co. Team on Astove Atoll
TOTAL CATCH STATS FROM 4 ANGLERS THIS WEEK:
Giant trevally 17