There was a slightly different approach to the fishing this week as the GT’s were hard to come by. Cosmoledo showed off her true colors as the opportunities for the alternative species: triggerfish, permit, bonefish and milkfish where continuous throughout the week.
Somewhat difficult conditions were experienced as there was a constant firm Southeasterly wind blowing every day bringing heavy and long lasting cloud cover at times. The neap tide cycle was on the second day of the week, making little water movement for the first half of the week allowing great fishing for permit, triggers, and bones. As the days rolled on closer to spring tides the opportunities for GTs became more frequent.
John Cremer came away with top honors as he landed a magnificent 72cm permit together with three bonefish and two GTs in one day giving him the first of two “Flats Slam” for the week.
Miles Beharell desperately wanted to get the triggerfish monkey off his back. Sadly the monkey is still there, not from a lack of shots, however. Several flies came back after they had been destroyed by the powerful jaws of these recalcitrant fish. At the end of the week, Miles shared the highest number of GTs landed for the week, totaling nine. Paul Collins had a solid week and got the job done by also landing nine GTs. He too had multiple shots at triggers and had a great opportunity at a permit.
The twin brother combination of Allan and Richard Winig were the only pair of anglers this week that hadn’t fished the Seychelle’s waters. In the beginning, they stated their goals were to try and land a GT as well as a triggerfish. The first part of their goals was completed on day one as they both came away with GTs. Soon after that, they both landed their moustache triggers with Allan landing two for the week. Richard obtained the second “Flats Slam” of the week with his GT, trigger, and bonefish. Allan performed a miracle as he landed a monster barracuda without any wire. Sadly the fish tore through the net before any photos could be taken.
JoAnn Ribauldo and Kajsa Larsson have been out to Alphonse Island a few times but this was their first trip to Cosmoledo. It was very exciting when JoAnn (Bo) landed her first GT. It didn’t end there as both she` and Kajsa went on to land a couple of GTs and each came away with a moustache triggerfish.
In the end it was a great week with constant laughs (mostly thanks to John) enjoyed by all.
Tight lines from the Alphonse Fishing Co. team on Cosmoledo Atoll.
GTs – 41
Triggerfish – 5
Indo-Pacific Permit – 1
Bonefish – 21
Barracuda – 1