The long wait for the start of the 2020 – 2021 Alphonse Island season is finally over with the arrival of three of our long-time fishing friends. The beginning of the week presented neap tides and slow-moving current allowing for time to fish the entire atoll. The fish catches started to roll in immediately with permit, GTs, bonefish, yellowmargin, and giant triggerfish being caught on a daily basis. The “Grand Slams” started to increase as the tides started to move into the spring phase bringing on more encounters with GTs.
Justin Kemp had three “slams”, one with a triggerfish, a GT of 85 cm, and a bonefish. Another with two triggerfish, a 62 cm permit, and a bonefish. Chris started to increase his species list with a giant 64 cm permit, four GTs, and a special titan triggerfish. Although that sounds like an impossible task to beat, Ray Cadiz was named the angler of the week with three permit in three days, three yellow-margins in a day, and three moustache triggerfish through the rest of the week. Ray then added the ‘cherry on top’ of the cake by landing a magnificent emerald parrotfish, something that is rarely achieved.
This week Alphonse Island truly showed off its’ diversity and abundance of trophy fish! With the same three rods in house we look forward to another amazing weeks fishing.
Giant trevally -10
Titan triggerfish -10
Yellowmargin trigger - 6
Indo-Pacific permit - 7
Emerald parrot – 1
Bonefish - Endless
Tight lines from the Alphonse fishing Co. Team on Alphonse.
Week Two of the season followed closely on week one with some outstanding catches noted. The tides were in springs which raised excitement as the rested surf zones became accessible as well as the finger flats in the inside of the lagoon.
Day one started with Justin Kemp deciding to commit to a surf walk and it paid off with a magical GT and multiple shots at triggers. Chris Cox opted to scan the lagoon and fingers for anything that swam, and was rewarded early in the day with some skinny-water bones and a respectable titan trigger. Whilst searching for the ever tricky yellow-margin, which had eluded him throughout the first week, he came across a single permit happily feeding. A quick fly-change by his guide and a well-placed cast resulted in him hooking up on an unbelievable 61 cm golden nugget. Chris’ luck did not stop there! He went on to claim the ‘biggest-fish-of-the-week’ crown by tussling with a 109 cm GT that eventually gave up and was landed with high-fives all around! This rewarded Chris with the first Super Slam of the season.
The week rolled on with excellent catches! Justin Kemp managed three triggers in a day, a decent bully-of-a-GT and two permit. Ray Cadiz landed the biggest yellow-margin trigger of the season so far, stretching the tape to 51 cm, as well as a Flats Slam and two more permit to add to his tally.
Alphonse Island’s fishery has certainly proved its’ variety and pure wildness over the past two weeks and we cannot wait to welcome the rest of our anglers to join us for the coming season.
Giant trevally: 5
Titan triggerfish: 9
Yellowmargin triggerfish: 2
Tight lines from the Alphonse fishing Co. Team on Alphonse Island