MV A’mani offers professionally guided trips to most of the Amirantes atolls, such as Poivre, African Banks, Sand Key and Remire and is very possibly the best value for money in the Indian Ocean. A combination of gamefishing while moving between atolls and flats fishing on the best tides makes for an amazing experience. These areas are not only well known for fantastic offshore fishing but also incredible numbers of permit on the flats. A’mani is only available on an exclusive charter basis and caters comfortably to groups of between four to six guests. A newly refitted 54 ft motor catamaran that caters to affordable fishing trips with small groups, A’mani is fully rigged to cater for fly fishing, game fishing and spin fishing groups. She is stable, spacious and more importantly has a 1.85 meter draft that allows her to anchor in calm lea waters.
A’mani; first trip report, 15-25 February 2017
After months of planning and a major refit, A’mani was finally ready for its maiden 10 day charter to various islands in the Amirantes chain. The schedule was set to capitalise on the amazing bluewater gamefishing as well as phenomenal flats fly fishing that the Southern Amirantes has to offer. Mike Dawes, Tim Brune, Mike Ward and Jed Mixter where our four permit junkies and great ones at that!
The trip got off to an unbelievable start with Jed hooking a Blue Marlin on the trawl while moving to the first scheduled atoll stop. After an excessive acrobatic fight the magnificent fish was released and estimated to weigh a whopping 500 lbs! The action intensified when the team hit the flats at “Atoll X”. Jed continued his luck by hooking and landing a 95 cm GT only five minutes into the session. The GT’s were going wild while chasing baitfish across the flats. Tim aimed to capitalise and after a broken fly line, broken rod and five GT’s lost, he finally managed to catch a trophy fish of 101 cm.
The Amirantes are widely known for their fantastic indo-pacific permit fishing and the team of anglers were all eager to ‘touch gold’. Tim and Mike were both able to make their opportunities count and land one permit each. Mike Dawes being the permit specialist he is, was the clear champion with four permit during his time spent on the flats. Despite some tricky low-light conditions there were also plenty of other species up for grabs on the flats and everyone caught bluefin, yellowdot trevally as well as a good number of bonefish, with Mike catching a trophy bonefish of 8 lbs.
Out at sea the team enjoy plenty of sailfish action with all four anglers managing to land a sailfish on fly. Jed and Mike even managed to double up and land two fish at the same time. All trips have to come to an end and it could not have ended any better. The final fish on the last evening was as special as the first, when a broadbill swordfish came up from the depths to take one of the trawled lures. A titanic struggle ensued with all four guys getting involved in the fight before finally managing to subdue this fantastic fish.
An amazing 10 days of fishing was had by all with a great group of guys.
The cost, until the end of May 2017 is US$3,100 per day based on four people in single cabins, US$3,500 per day based on five people with three single in single cabins and two sharing and US$3,900 per day for six people with two in single cabins and four sharing two cabins.
For example four people, on a seven day charter will be paying US$5,425 per person.
A 10 day charter will cost US$7,750 per person.
From 1st October 2017 to 31st May 2018, the cost is US$3,350 per day based on four people in single cabins, US$3,750 per day based on five people with three single in single cabins and two sharing and US$4,150 per day for six people with two in single cabins and four sharing two cabins.
For example four people, on a seven day charter will be paying US$5,863 per person.
A 10 day charter will cost US$8,375 per person.
Please contact Charlotte Chilcott or Peter McLeod. Alternatively call the office on to +44(0)1980 847389 for more details.