As another week closes on Astove, we reflect upon the amazing fishery that the Seychelles outer Islands have to offer. The predominating winds from the northwest combined with storm fronts traveling up from Madagascar to produce some challenging conditions, however, the six anglers pushed through to make it a week that will go down in Astove history. As the spring tides waned into neaps, the lagoon continued to produce great action throughout the day while the surf had smaller windows of opportunity to wade for fish.
Things got going with a bang with each angler ringing the bell the first night after fishing. Bill Hegberg had an outstanding first day landing a ‘flats slam’ which consisted of a giant trevally, an Indo-pacific permit of 68 centimeters, and a number of bonefish. Craig Williams and Nout Kwint walked the surf zone on day one with legendary guide Serge Samson and found a number of GT’s on stingrays, each with a nice fish to hand by the end of the session.
As the week progressed, Giant Trevally’s continued to be found both in the mouth of the lagoon and in the surf, but the challenging light conditions made for quick shots at close quarters. With consistent cloud cover the anglers decided to move their efforts to the sand inside the lagoon, which turned out to be some of the best fishing we have ever seen. Longtime client Ron Benck managed to achieve an unbelievable ‘flats slam’ by landing eight (not a typo!) magnificent Indo-Pacific permit in a single morning session and followed them up with two GT’s, and a handful of bonefish. This is the most permit one angler has landed in a day in Alphonse Fishing Company’s history. Boat partners Peter Stewart and Dale Waterman heard the news and capitalized on the lagoon the next day with five permit between them, three GT’s a piece, and a few bones for each to complete a ‘flats slam’.
As the final days of the fishing week came, the seas calmed and allowed for exploration of the amazing drop-off that Astove is known for. Ron set out with a mission of eight giant trevally after his eight permit day and did not disappoint, landing exactly eight including the biggest GT of the week at 104 cm. Peter and Dale also decided to explore the outside of the atoll and landed quite a few species including GT’s, a Dog-toothed Tuna, Bohar Snapper, and Blue-fin Trevally.