Lately we have had large congregations of baitfish just off the western surf zone attracting an array of predators like tuna, sailfish, wahoo and various species of trevally. At times the attacks have been frantic which presents some great opportunities for big fish. Helmut Zaderer joined us for a few days while passing between Cosmoledo and Astove and in just two blue water sessions Helmut managed to amass an impressive two sailfish and six wahoo.
A total of nine GT’s where caught for the week with one real monster landed by Ron Benck. This fish is certainly one that will not be forgotten as a 116 cm GT in the surf, on foot and without a reel handle is by no means an easy feat. Angler and guide came together and improvised to make a makeshift handle out of a brush fly which resulted in a won battle. Ron was however not finished as he ended the week with a total of four GTs, one of which measured 99cm and was accompanied by a triggerfish and bonefish on the same day qualifying him for a “Flats Slam”.
The triggers were around in great numbers and despite being unlucky and losing a bunch after some short tussles, a total of two moustache triggerfish and two yellowmargin triggerfish where landed by James Bainbridge, Michael Auer and Hanspeter Thuer.
The calmer weather have allowed the milkfish to once again feeding in small groups just offshore. On the very final day, Rob Gilchrist went on the hunt for milks and managed to land a stunning specimen weighing roughly 20 lbs.
The end of the week tally was and impressive 328 bonefish, 4 triggerfish, 9 GT’s, 1 milkfish, 6 wahoo and 3 sailfish.
Alphonse Island Fishing News 11 - 18 March 2017
Alphonse Island and St Francois lagoon boast an impressive number of different species that are readily available to target on fly ranging from the ferocious giant trevally to the speedy bonefish. High up on the priority list for many Alphonse anglers sits the lesser-known triggerfish, a feisty yet challenging adversary. From a fishing guide’s perspective, they are one of the most interesting and fun fish to target. Despite looking out of place on the flats with their bright colours and odd shape, these fish are an opponent not to be taken lightly. This week presented many opportunities to target both species of triggerfish both in the surf and on the finger flats bringing plenty of tales of misfortune alongside some epic battles and happy anglers.
The remnants of the Madagascar cyclone brought some less than favourable weather during the week making fishing at times rather tricky. Even with the conditions were pleased to see the return of the Wild Fly, Reel Africa and Inside Angling crews who were here to film some episodes for their shows. They wasted no time in getting off the mark with Gareth George landing a nice moustache triggerfish on the very first day. Not far behind was Christopher Sworder who landed his first ever yellowmargin triggerfish. Leonid Rotelnikov, who had fished St. Francois last season, also joined the guides on the flats this week. Leonid had some run-ins with triggerfish on his previous trip, which always ended up with broken leaders and shattered hooks but on this trip he got his own back landing not only one but two big yellowmargin triggerfish in two days.
The bonefishing was as it always is a constant phenomenal with 415 landed for the week. A big congratulation must go out to Raymond Palmer who joined The Alphonse team on the flats for the first time ever. An avid trout and salmon fisherman, Raymond got stuck into the bonefish straight away landing 20 in one day making him a member of the 20+ club. He further sweetened his day when he managed to get his hands on a large yellowmargin just shortly after. At the end of the week a total of six triggerfish were landed.
The offshore fishing this week was phenomenal with 10 sailfish and 6 wahoo being landed on fly and many more on conventional tackle. Mark De La Hey who is a highly accomplished bluewater angler caught his first ever sailfish on fly which he later bettered by catching two more along with two wahoo. Craig Tomassen was not far behind landing two sailfish and four wahoo.
Tight lines from the Alphonse Fishing Co. team.