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Alphonse Island Fly Fishing News 10 – 17 March 2018 – 700 Bonefish

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Northeastern winds, beautiful sunny conditions and midday spring tidal movements provided top-notch action throughout the week with a massive 700 bonefish landed for the 6 days of fishing. Alphonse Island is known for its prolific bonefishing. While most high spots on the atoll produced good numbers, the largest numbers populated areas closest St. Francois such as Cosmic Lagoon and Morning Traffic.

Angler Ray Palmer found himself surrounded knee deep in bonefish while fishing the mangroves, where in an hour and a half he tallied up an impressive 41 fish averaging in the 50cm, 4lbs class. The bonefish champion of the week goes to Mike McGowan who on the last day landed a 67 cm, 8lbs fish on the Delta high spot. A near miss occurred on a triggerfish slam as Mark landed both a moustache and Picasso when a yellow-margin was impossible to prevent from entering its coral cave.

Despite rough seas the blue water fishing remained blazing hot as Tapani Henrikkson landed his first ever two sailfish on the fly as well as a wahoo. He then went on to fish the flats and caught a handful of bonefish to complete a double “Bills & Bones Slam”.

Steve Busch matched Tapani when he also accomplished his double “Bills & Bones” with two sailfish and a plenty bones in a day.