Week 8 started in true North-Easterly fashion, no wind, flat calm seas and extremely hot weather. The full moon was waning, which meant that day 1 would feel the effects of an extremely strong spring tide and as the week progressed the tides would slow on approaching the neap. The beauty of the St Francois atoll is that you can catch a tremendous amounts of Bonefish on any moon phase. Our group of Russia friends enjoyed the consistent availability to target larger tailing Bones, especially on a dropping tide, where 6lbs fish were common and there was no shortage of tailing trophies. Alexander landed a feisty 27-inch Bonefish while fishing the “morning traffic” edge.
The week started with incredible Milkfish conditions, with flat calm weather and crystal clear waters. Nikolai was quick to hook a goodin, which he lost shortly after it swam through a field of coral heads. Fishing is fishing and even if the weather plays its part, the conditions can become trickier due to the heightened visibility of the leader. The teams reported big schools of fast moving fish, requiring long and precise casts for a proper presentation. Vladimir Jnr was up to the task, hooked a really big fish, but unfortunately lost it right at the net when it smashed his 10 weight rod. To add insult to injury he hooked another big Milk a few minutes later only to be dragged through the coral to lose a fly line. Even after all the tackle failure there were still some lucky anglers who managed to land some magnificent Milkfish. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s been another great weeks fishing, even though we had some questionable weather that was coupled with significant rain during the first 3 days. Compliments have to be given to the team as they persevered through the difficult conditions to hook a number of Milkfish and land 3, all before the weather cleared up. John Wolstenholme landed 2 Milkfish, one inside the lagoon, which jumped 6 times and smashed his 10-weight fly rod, and the other in the West, which took 2 hours to land despite John’s extreme pulling power. Phil Mellor and Tim White JNR both landed nice Milkfish during the difficult weather and various other anglers unfortunately lost their bounty for various reasons. A Milk was played for 40 minutes before cutting the angle off on coral.
The GT fishing has been consistently good with some very nice fish taken both on the flats, in the channels and along the surf line. The normal bout of tackle failure occurred as numerous anglers lost fly lines to these unforgiving characters. There were however multiple victories as Alex Jardine landed 2 GT’s on 2 consecutive days while fishing the flats with a NYAP. Uwe Holzkamp also landed a brace of GT’s, one in the surf line and the other in the channel. Tim White JNR and Ceamus Mc Dermotte teamed up together to do a surf walk and both caught nice GT’s. Their guide, Serge Samson had to run for the skiff as the Ceamus’s fish almost spooled him before he managed to catch up. Read the rest of this entry »
The week was destined to be full of an excitement when a plane full of friends who have been to Alphosne on numerous occasions before arrived at Alphonse. Some of the group had had done more than 100 days on the St François flats and knew exactly how to entice the various species on offer. The week couldn’t start any better with 16 year old Tom Hradecky’s catching a ”Slam” when he landed a Milkfish, GT and Bonefish all in one day. The GT’s were around in good numbers to test the arms of our regulars who had forgotten exactly how hard they pull. The biggest fish of the week was Tony Buckland’s 70lbs GT, which was caught on a fast stripped NYAP. Read the rest of this entry »
17th October 2013 – Alphonse Island celebrates another incredible achievement after Greg de Villiers, whilst guided by James Christmas successfully caught and released the biggest Milkfish ever recorded on fly.
This mammoth fish being held up by two large chaps has been estimated at over 45lbs. After finding a school on daisy chaining Milkfish, Greg made 2 casts, hooked this giant and then had to endure a 1 hour 35 minute flight before the fish was finally netted. “It was an incredible aerial display and the fight was harder than I have ever seen. The fish is a monster, biggest I have seen”, Enthused resident veteran guide James Christmas.
Monster Milkies, GT’s, Yellowfin Tuna and Triggers around!
The second weeks of the season has just ended and once again there has been a flurry of trophy fish caught by all of our team. We started the week with only 6 anglers, as we expected our new and passionate Alphonse owners, Murray and Kenneth Collins and their friends to arrive half way into the week. It was certainly festive around the bar in the evenings as we enjoyed hosting as many anglers as non-anglers. The poor weather over the first 2 days allowed for our guests to concentrate on the incredible numbers of Bonefish that both Alphonse and St Francois have to offer. As the week progressed, the weather improved to a state of perfection for targeting all the bigger species, both on and off the flats. The memorable catch bell in the bar rang out on numerous occasions to serenade all the fantastic catches that occurred on a daily basis.
Oliver Dawber was the first to catch a 60lbs GT, and then went out the following day to catch a 70lbs GT. The stable weather meant that our anglers spent most mornings chasing the Milkfish, which have been around in great numbers for the last 2 hours of the falling tide and the first hour of the push. The various teams had shot after shot at the schools of feeding Milkies as they feed along the various scum lines to the West of St François. Some teams hooking as many as 8 fish in a session before returning to the flats to concentrate on GT’s, Triggers and Permit. Danie De Villiers and Mark Ascott-Evans both landed their first Trigger Fish.
Vernon Vogt closely missed out on achieving a “Grand Slam” when he landed a big GT as well as his first Trigger fish, but unfortunately losing the Milkfish in the morning. On Thursday Oliver Dawber opened up his Milkfish account with a 25lbs beauty, which he fought to the edge of giving up. Tim Marks then landed a monster Milkfish estimated at 30lbs, shortly before Greg De Villiers landed probably the biggest Milkfish ever caught at Alphonse and definitely on fly. Greg made 2 casts into the shoal, hooked this giant and had to endure a 1 hour 30 minute flight before finally holding up his 45lbs silver trophy. Greg and James are not the smallest of fellows and this fish dwarfs them. Michelle, Casey, Jessica and Theresa from the De Villiers team of ladies also took part in the fishing frenzy, all landing Yellowfin Tuna over 30kgs. Read the rest of this entry »
The first week of the 2013-2014 Alphonse season has just ended, and what a week it has been. Frans Jansen along with his closed group of 8 fishing friends took the opportunity to capitalize on as many of the gamefish species that St Francois and Alphonse has to offer.
Early in the week the team tucked into 560 Bonefish, before swiftly changing their focus to target all the other species on offer. Frans was quick off the mark and caught the seasons first Giant Trevally, sparking an infectious bout of GT fever throughout the team. The action was tackle busting at times, with stories of broken backing, hooks pulling, bite-offs, fly lines snapping and of course some great photo’s of GT’s. Sheila Banfieild followed soon after Frans and was our first lady angler of the season to catch a GT, landing a beautiful 30 pounder.
The Bluefin were around in good numbers with 48 being caught and released along with the multitude of other species like Spangled and Yellow-Lipped Emperors, Marble Grouper, Bohar Snapper and the ever present Triggerfish. As the weather was settled the Milkfish congregated in good numbers while feeding offshore on the low tide. Some fish where hooked and lost after being fought for over an hour, and others landed after tiresome fights. During the week 636 gamefish were caught and safely returned after a quick photo. Read the rest of this entry »
We are extremely excited to announce that Cosmoledo reopen its fishery to Fly Fishing guests. The joint venture between Silhouette Cruises and Alphonse Island ensures that all client expectations are met and guests get to return safely to these magnificent atolls.
In past years, Cosmoledo has become known as the best GT fishery in the world and has become the benchmark for anglers searching for the ultimate saltwater flats destination. The sheer numbers and variety of fish species has amazed the fly fishing world, with anglers from across the globe queuing up to sample the ultimate fishing playground, until it was closed 4 years ago due to piracy threats. Even though the Seychelles waters are now considered to be safe, there will be 4 security personal onboard looking after your safety.
During these 4 years, the fishing has most certainly rejuvenated itself to an untouched ecosystem full of hungry GT’s. It is now up to you to be taking part in the new adventure of exploring Cosmoledo again.
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When it comes to fishing Cuba, the name of Avalon Cuban fisheries imposes itself as it guarantees a label of quality that can’t be competed.
The Jardines de la Reina offer a huge variety of species and of course the Tarpons, Permits and Bones and a nice combination of wadable white sand and turtle grass flats that are accessed by skiff.
The Tortuga functions as a floating hotel, permanently secured in a small protected channel, so it never moves regardless of bad weather or wind.
Weather in perfect condition upon arrival of the clients, clear water at Chimoro jungle creek and Agua Negra River. The Rio Secure in low level and clearing little by little the first day, second day dawned with light rain fishing, but the river rose and changed their level color to a reddish color by the amount of sediments carried by water heaviest rains until the last day of fishing. The temperature was stable hovered between about 26 degrees during the day and 19 degrees at night.
The fishing and the Aguas Negras Experience – July 6-10th.
On arrival of guests at the airstrip Uswea greet us and found we were in a group of three Mauricio (guide and guests), and Guaraci and Fernando.
A brief talk and they went fishing for the afternoon. Some beautiful dorado show they were hungry!. All guests with their lines wet and everybody with some dorados made the first afternoon a great warm-up. We started next day the real fishing week, all Mauricio’s to Agua Negra and heading to Rio Chimoro, Juanchi with Fernando and Guaraci after fishing the Rio Secure. Read the rest of this entry »