Back To Blog

Top Species Targeted with Alphonse Fishing Co. (Part 3)

AFC-Species-Targeted-1 24 July 2017

Welcome to Part 3 of our journey which takes a look at the top species targeted at our fishing destinations.

Forming part of the beautiful Amirantes Archipelago, the atolls of Alphonse and St. François, Astove and Cosmoledo offer some of the richest saltwater fly fishing grounds in the world. The diversity of the atolls lend themselves to excellent lagoon and bluewater fly fishing as well as sight fishing on the flats. To experience all that these remote destinations in the Seychelles have in store, Alphonse Fishing Co. offers its guests tailor-made fishing itineraries to help you land the big one.

Here to ensure you have the best possible experience is our dedicated team of knowledgeable and international guides, captains and deckhands. Each team member as well as Managing Director, Keith Rose-Innes, are extremely skilled with many years of experience fishing the Seychelles. So who better to guide you on this incredible fishing experience.

Geared with expert guides and the best equipment in one of the best fly fishing destinations in the world, the only thing left is the fish – and what an excellent selection we have. From agile Wahoo to fierce Barracuda, our fishing destinations offer the best of the best. So now we take a look at our final four species targeted with Alphonse Fishing Co.:

BONEFISH
Albula vulpes
Large populations of Bonefish can be found as they frequent the flats at Alphonse, Astove and Cosmoledo atolls. Although Alphonse holds the largest population of Bonefish in the Seychelles with specimens reaching up to 6lbs, Astove and Cosmoledo hold the larger fish reaching up to 9lbs. These silvery carnivores can reach speeds of up to 65km/h and lengths of up to 100cm.

Bonefish-Alphonse-Fishing-Company
YELLOWMARGIN TRIGGERFISH
Pseudobalistes flavimarginatus
Triggerfish are opportunists, feeding mainly on small crustaceans which makes them perfect targets on the fly. The atolls of Alphonse, Astove and Cosmoledo offer equal opportunities when it comes to targeting Yellowmargin Triggerfish. These colourful characters have extended anal- and dorsal fins that work in conjunction with each other but in different directions, giving them incredible acceleration. Yellowmargin Triggerfish can weigh up to 15lbs and reach lengths of 60cm.

Yellowmargin-Triggerfish-Alphonse-Fishing-Company
BLUEFIN TREVALLY
Caranx melampygus
Bluefin Trevally are distributed throughout the tropical waters of the world with populations varying according to fishing pressure. The atolls of Alphonse, Astove and Cosmoledo are fully protected and also have shallow lagoons which support healthy populations of juveniles that contribute immensely to the overall population. These beautiful blue and yellow creatures can reach sizes of up to 80cm and weigh up to 88lbs. Best way to target these brightly coloured species is at the beginning of push tide in the surf.

Bluefin-Trevally-Alphonse-Fishing-Company
YELLOWFIN TUNA
Thunnus albacares
These beautiful fish are among the larger of the Tuna species and can reach a weight of up to 400lbs. Yellowfin Tuna tend to follow their bait as they migrate through the Seychelles, thus all our destinations offer good numbers of this species. The best way to target these blue and yellow beauties are on a spring push tide when the water is clear. Alphonse Atoll is best set up with the correct game boats and bluewater teams to target these hard fighters.

Yellowfin-Tuna-Alphonse-Fishing-Company
For more information on these species and to see how they match up with others, have a look at our 39 Legendary Fish to Catch on the Fly Infographic.