An unbelievable openingat Midfjardara river
With a full complement of guests raring to go fish the pristine flats of St Francois lagoon and some favorable weather conditions, the stage was set for some giant battles and tall tales. The incredible bonefishing continued to with 350 landed, even though there was more effort placed on all the other species on offer.
Despite the end of the fishing season in sight, St Francois, Bijoutier and Alphonse continue to produce incredible catches on a daily basis with numbers of certain species increasing with the change in season. The South-Easterly winds have now begun to increase, changing currents and bringing with it some cooler water, which livens up the flats.
There were some beautiful neap tides and so many great things to say about last week’s fishing at Alphonse and St. Francois. The weather played along all week with light winds from the South-East and very little cloud. The guides consider these tides and weather conditions to be the ultimate triggerfish bonanza and the number of triggers landed did not disappoint with 16 for the week.
After spending a week on Astove Atoll and a few days on Alphonse Island, our group of guests ended their mammoth trip with a grand finale on Cosmoledo Atoll.
Astove is know as a wild, remote and exclusive destination that is perfectly suited to small groups. Besides the amazing bonefishing inside the lagoon it’s a destination where guests go to have a shot at catching a wide array of species and often achieve a ‘Grand Slam’. Terry Donovan, Dave Hall and Jan Hradecky returned for their fourth trip to Astove Atoll in consecutive years. Joining them was Alphonse Fishing Co team members Tommy Hradecky, Devan Vd Merwe and Jordyn Mackenzie. Astove
Week seven of the Cosmoledo Atoll season saw the much-anticipated return of four fishing buddies, Chris Bamford, John Wilson, Carl Heilman and Scott Trerotola. Joining them our best friends Jan Hradecky, Dave Hall and Terrence Donovan (TD).
Cosmoledo has been at its best on all accounts with sublime weather and the fish out in full force. GT’s, milkfish, triggerfish and bonefish all made a significant appearance and were willing to eat. Sadly the one species that alluded capture this week was the highly coveted indo-pacific permit.
St Francois lagoon is home to one of the largest and healthiest populations of bonefish in the Indian Ocean. These fish are our bread and butter and provide a great deal of action with their veracious appetites and blistering runs when other species prove tricky to catch. In spite of their large numbers, the movement of large schools of fish can sometimes be tricky to pin down to a science, this week however was one of the best weeks of the season in terms of bone fishing with nearly 700 fish successfully landed and released between 12 anglers.