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Alphonse Island Fishing News 24 February – 3 March 2018

This week anglers of Alphonse faced very challenging conditions due to a tropical depression off the coast of Madagascar. Heavy precipitation, 100% cloud cover and winds gusting to 25 knots shaped the week, with fast pushing spring tides creating lots of water movement. The short and quick drop in the morning produced excellent bonefishing with the most notable catches being Pitt Hyde’s 67cm fish and Amy Carter, who is new to fly fishing reaching her goal of 20+ bonefish and a 65cm beauty. 
As the tide reached peak height most anglers fished along the apex and surf searching for sharks and rays with GT’s close behind – a worthwhile tactic in low light conditions. Our long-term guest Ron Benck who specifically targets only Giant Trevally found an impressive 102cm fish on the Beirut coral high spot in the last hour of the day, while on Ignobilis finger flat Alexandre Hirst managed his second GT of the week. Peter Ahluwalia also had excellent trevally fishing landing a trophy 74cm bluefin and an 85cm GT. 
While the triggerfish eluded St. Francois anglers, two tailing Moustache triggers were captured by Murray Stacy and Chuck Grehn in the Alphonse surf. Lastly for the flats but not least, the one that everyone wants to catch, the Indo-Pacific Permit was caught by Bill Osborn at Guantanamo Bay during a small break of sunshine. Offshore, the fishing continues to produce as Tony Chambers achieved the ‘bluewater slam’ of a wahoo and two sailfish on fly and also Rob Simini managed to catch his first Sail on fly
Congrats and thanks to all anglers on their catches and for their perseverance through tough weather conditions.
Bonefish: 273
Giant Trevally: 5
Moustache Triggerfish: 2
Bluefin Trevally: 5
Sailfish: 3
Wahoo: 2
Indo-Pacific Permit: 1