Alphonse Island Fishing News – 17th to 24th December 2022
Guests enjoyed a special week of fishing on Alphonse with the tide chart looking ripe for a variety of species and fishing styles. The much-anticipated progression from neaps to springs during the course of the week steered focus towards milkfish and giant trevally, and the atoll did not disappoint one bit.
The weather also came to the party, making for some exciting fishing around the outskirts of the western parts of St Francois. Large shoals of feeding milkfish made an appearance, gulping on the surface along the current line during the morning tidal drops. Seven fish in total came to the net ranging between 90 and 101cm, as well as a few more that got away – a good haul by any standard.
With tidal fluctuations escalating, the GTs gave us some big takes, explosive runs, moments of elation, and a few heartbreaks. Most of the anglers who were targeting the geets managed to land at least one fish throughout the course of the week, and a number of them even got multiple fish on the same day. Towards the end of the week, the spring tides and calm weather primed the Tam Tam flat for another warm water push where a few big fish were landed amongst the chaos.
Alphonse atoll has also been firing lately with a heap of GTs pouring onto the flats during the spring push. Surf walks were the name of the game towards the end of the week where anglers eagerly awaited the flood of geets and rays that came with the pushing tide.
Worth a mention is also the second napoleon wrasse for the season that was caught along with a permit on the same day by one of the anglers on St Francois. Not many can boast of this achievement.
The fish are certainly here, and they’re hungry.
If you would like more information and availability on Alphonse Island, please contact Charlotte Chilcott or Peter McLeod or call us on ++44 1980 847389. Alternatively click HERE if you would like us to contact you.
Cosmoledo Atoll – 15th to 22nd December 2022
The week was set on neap tides with minimal water movement for most of the time, ideal for targeting big GTs inside the lagoon and this is exactly what was done. It was a special week on Cosmo with three GTs coming in at well over the metre mark.
Drew Pirie was in the fishing God’s good books and had an amazing week. He started off catching his first ever giant trevally and quickly progressed from there to catching an absolute monster GT measuring 135cm, a fish of a lifetime in anyone’s books. Drew went out the very next day and did it all again catching a 133cm geet. An unbelievable achievement, from zero to two very memorable catches, he undoubtedly earned his GT badge!
John, Drew’s father, was also on top form, joining his son in catching his first giant trevally and tipping the tally scales by managing to catch a total of 13 for the week. An excellent first week of GT fishing. Bob Skinstad showed us his skills by catching 11 GTs for the week. One was well over the metre mark coming in at 122cm, a well-deserved catch and an amazing fish.
Matt Ferrey having spent the previous week with us was in good touch and managed seven GTs for the week. He made sure he left with a bang, catching a beautiful moustache triggerfish on the last day. Epic way to end a long trip.
If you would like more information and availability on Cosmoledo, please contact Charlotte Chilcott or Peter McLeod or call us on ++44 1980 847389. Alternatively click HERE if you would like us to contact you.