With full moon spring tides and a serious low-pressure system making its way over Cosmoledo this week, to say that the elements were against the guests may be a bit of an understatement. At times the wind speeds reached 54 knots, turning the lagoon into a churned up mess of whites horses and stinging rain. There were, however, a few gaps in the weather and as the week went on the conditions started to settle down.
Joe Montana got the week off to a flying start before the weather set in. On arrival, Joe went for a walk along the beach and found himself the first Indo-Pacific permit of the season. A few of the other guest had some close encounters that same afternoon and this seemed to set the tone for the rest of the week with everyone keen for a piece of gold.
Robert Cardwell had a great afternoon once the weather cleared and landed his first Moustache triggerfish to round off a great ‘Flats Slam’. The following day Istavan Virag followed suit with his ‘Flats Slam’ that included a Moustache triggerfish, bonefish and GT. He didn’t end his week there, on an even more memorable day Istavan landed the second Indo-Pacific permit of the week that measured a solid 72cm as well as the first meter plus GT of the week.
With us for a second week, Andy Suenram made the best of the sunny skies. Late in the afternoon, Andy managed to raise a monster GT to his fly and after a strong battle, Andy landed the GT of the week a bus of a fish measuring 114cm (the biggest of the season so far). Not to be outshined, it was Andy’s good friend Ben Pierce that stole the show on the final day of his two-week stay. Ben spent the day fishing the Eastern side of the atoll, drifting the endless white sand flats and it paid off. Ben got stuck into a couple of good bonefish and the odd GT that came cruising passed. He then managed to land a stray Moustache triggerfish to complete his ‘Flats Slam’, but this wasn’t the end of it. After countless trips to the Seychelles over many years, Ben finally managed to land his first ever Indo-Pacific permit to round off his ‘Super Slam’. A great way to end a tough week after a two-week stay on Cosmoledo.
The weather played a big part in this week’s fishing but our guests kept their chins up and remained positive with some great catches whenever the weather allowed. We look forward to some calming conditions and more great fishing next week.