This week the anglers at St. Francois atoll, next to Alphonse Island, encountered favorable conditions with good visibility, transitioning spring to neap tides and relatively strong yet inconsistent north winds. The first few days comprised of excellent bonefishing with many anglers reaching personal bests of 20+ fish in the 60-65 cm range.
As the wind and tides eased anglers chose triggerfish as their quarry and caught five for the week. Robert Gilchrist fished the western surf and landed two beautiful Moustache triggerfish in one day, while Billy Osborne managed a massive Yellowmargin estimated at eight pounds on Milky Way finger flat. Sam Gary chose to target the more esoteric species and persevered through hooking and loosing two Milkfish on the flats after lengthy battles. However, he finally met ultimate success on his last day landing an absolute behemoth meter long Milkfish.
The GT fishing remained consistent around the outskirts of the lagoon with three being landed, two of which were caught by Steve Dutton at 80 and 70 cm. A ‘Flats Slam’ was accomplished by angler Berkley Dawson consisting of a bonefish, Moustache triggerfish and the holy grail of fly fishing a 50cm Indo-Pacific permit.
Many anglers chose to fish the blue water this week and were rewarded with some of the most exciting action. Four Sailfish and two Wahoo came alongside with the most notable mention being Steve, who during the fight with a sail had his rod come apart leaving him to essentially seal the deal with only the reel and butt section, luckily the fish was landed and the rod was recovered. Billy and Berkley both landed Sailfish and later hit the flats to successfully complete a double ‘Bills & Bones’ slam. Many excellent accomplishments occurred on the week so congrats and thanks to all the anglers for joining us at Alphonse.