ALPHONSE ISLAND FISHING NEWS | 9 – 16 SEPTEMBER 2023
A successful week of fishing the beautiful St Francois Atoll! The southeast trade winds were consistent and didn’t make for the easiest conditions but with plenty of fish around and five optimistic anglers fishing throughout the week, we managed to bring in a good number of fish with a few trophies in the mix.
The week kicked off as usual with what the guides call “bonefish Sunday’s” where majority of anglers get into the swing of things and find their rhythm for the week targeting bonefish. On St Francois, the bones were abundant in their massive schools and were happy to eat a well-presented fly, anglers enjoyed the fight that these fish can put up and a total of 95 bonefish were caught during the week!
The fingers flats were full of life, plenty of triggers doing their thing, tailing and feeding on the flats. Anyone who has fished for them knows how meticulous they can be when choosing what flies to go for, even after a perfect presentation, but this week seemed different, the triggers played their part and were more than happy to attack most well-placed flies. The dirty fighters that they are resulted in quite a few being lost, getting bitten off, running into their holes but it ended with two yellow margins and four moustaches on the board, with biggest moustache being a massive 55 cm!
Our anglers of the week, Richard and Colin, both managed to catch four of our big five (just missing out on a milkfish each) during their stay. Colin had been searching for his first geet for a while and after coming close on multiple occasions, he was really eager to get it done by Friday. Colin and his guide, Gary, searched hard the whole day, and with the last hour of the day approaching, things were not looking favourable. The last move of the day for the guide was to wait in a channel between One Palm Island and St Francois on the pushing tide, expecting fish to move through the channel pushing up with the tide. A golden opportunity presented itself at 3:15PM when three big geets swam towards the anchored boat, Colin lay out the perfect cast and waited for the fish to swim onto the fly, one strip and the fish lit up and engulfed the fly. A 100 cm geet, an epic fish and even more impressive being a first geet. Shortly after the GT was landed and tagged, the day sweetened as a shoal of permit swam up the same channel, one cast into them and Colin was on, landing a permit with the last cast of the day to complete a flats slam and to end of a great week of fishing!
Stay tuned for next week’s report.
Alphonse Fishing Co. on Alphonse Island
TOTAL CATCH STATS WITH 5 RODS THIS WEEK:
Giant trevally 4 (Largest 100 cm)
Moustache Triggerfish 4
Yellowmargin Triggerfish 2
Indo-Pacific Permit 2
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