Astove Atoll: 27 March – 3 April 2017. Grand Slam, Flats Slam, Milkfish and Double Meter Plus Hook-Ups

Astove is know as a wild, remote and exclusive destination that is perfectly suited to small groups. Besides the amazing bonefishing inside the lagoon it’s a destination where guests go to have a shot at catching a wide array of species and often achieve a ‘Grand Slam’. Terry Donovan, Dave Hall and Jan Hradecky returned for their fourth trip to Astove Atoll in consecutive years. Joining them was Alphonse Fishing Co team members Tommy Hradecky, Devan Vd Merwe and Jordyn Mackenzie. 

We couldn’t have asked for better weather conditions; flat calm ocean, great tides and sunny skies. The milkfish where up to celebrate the great weather and the team took full advantage with 13 milkfish landed. Jordyn ended her week with three milkfish, catching two fish on her first day. Devan ended up with seven for the week and Tommy with three.

Spending time in the Astove lagoon is something that has to be experienced as there is no place like it. Jan had a day he will not forget as he watching a 15lb permit tail on his Alphlexo crab-fly 30 feet away and 15 minutes later lifted it out of the water after a nerve-racking fight. Shortly after Jan hooked and landed a 90cm GT, and a handful of bonefish before lunch to achieve an unbelievable ‘Grand Slam’. His son Tommy was not to be shown up as he tussled a 105cm off  ‘The Cliffs’ and then went on to convince a moustache triggerfish to eat the fly as well as a good number of bonefish to complete his ‘Flats Grand Slam’.

The GT fishing was great with an occasional double hook up. Devan and Tommy managed one in particular with a fish of 102cm and another stretching out at 115cm. All in all, it was an incredible week of fishing with some unforgettable experiences with great people.

Please contact Charlotte Chilcott or Peter McLeod. Alternatively call the office on to +44(0)1980 847389 for more details.