The group consisted of a family from Boston, Scott had fished Cosmo back in 2006; Xander, his son who is due to graduate from his senior year this spring and hopes to do some guiding before furthering his education; and Karen who is new to Cosmo and GT’s but certainly not new to adventure fly fishing. Suzan is a Seychelles fishing regular and ardent traveller was back with her friend David Joe, a New Englander and Striper fisherman on his second trip to the Seychelles, Joe fishes with a double hander to great effect. Finally, there is our friend Helmut Zaderer, Seychelles regular and fish punisher. If you go back through the Alphonse fishing reports you’ll see mentions and pictures of Helmut but these rarely do justice to his fish slaying reputation. Helmut used to be a serious Carp fisherman. The type that uses boilies and sleeps in a bivvy bags next to a quiver of rods with those alarms that tell you when you get a bite (I don’t fish for carp, I can’t remember what you call them, strike alarms?). Anyway, Helmut decided to try fly fishing and true to form and with no half measures he learned to cast and wasn’t satisfied until he was casting full fly lines.
On this Cosmoledo trip, Helmut was champion fisherman yet again. In four days Helmut caught 25 GTs and 7 triggerfish. In one day he landed 6 GTs, 6 triggerfish and 2 bonefish (if he’d caught four more bonefish he would have caught six ‘Flats Slams’ in one day, but he opted for just two ‘Flats Slams’)
The rest of the group did well enough, despite some tough conditions. The groups total was 69 GTs, 9 triggerfish and a handful of some serious bones (Karen landed a 9 pounder). Whilst half the group departed the ship after 4 days of intense action packed fishing, Sue, David and Joe are staying on board for another week to remember.
Tight Lines from the Alphonse Fishing