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Alphonse Island News – Week 25

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Alphonse Island News – Week 25

‘Trigger time’ continued last week with near perfect tides on the flats!







As flats fishing tides go you couldn’t have asked for much better and the week kicked off with the remnants of a big spring tide, dropping off as the week progressed into a full neap tide. This gave the anglers the opportunity to experience most of what the atoll has to offer, ranging from great long surf walks to some crazy finger flat trigger fishing.

The weather did not quite play along on day one, with a big tropical depression rolling through, making things a little wetter than they should have been. This however did not set the precedent for the week, as the weather throughout the remainder was incredible, with bright, sunny days and little to no wind.

It was another trigger week with an exceptional total of 15 for the week. Guy Tremlett, on his first trip to the Seychelles, concentrated his efforts where it was necessary and came home with four beautiful yellow-margin triggerfish, a bag full of nice bonefish and the only sailfish of the week out on the bluewater boat. John Graham also managed to join the triggerfish club with a gorgeous moustache; John went on to bring a great GT to hand. Richard Maitland was not far behind also clinching his seat in our triggerfish club with an amazing yellow-margin and a fin perfect GT. Nick Evans was in close competition for the biggest GT of the week with a fish measuring in at 93cm, an awesome fish. This fish was hooked from the boat in the surf, with breaking waves around them and backing screaming through the guides, flats fishing honestly does not get much better than that. The GT champion of the week was Robert Thomas, who narrowly stole the honors with a 94cm fish sight-fished on the flats.

Charlotte Chilcott brought two yellow-margins to hand, Andrew Barbour managed to touch both a moustache and a yellow-margin and a special note goes to Brad Muhl, a seasoned saltwater angler on his first trip to the Seychelles who had never been exposed to trigger fishing. Brad went on to get one moustache and then, on the last day and despite an injury resulting from an incident involving a yellow-margin’s teeth and his middle finger, he went on to get a ‘trigger slam’ with a great yellow-margin, a big moustache and a beautiful palm-sized Picasso.

Finally for the week, Alphonse head guide, Alec Gerbec, was lucky enough to have his father visit him for a few days on the flats. Mike Gerbec made his limited time count by landing two yellow-margin triggerfish in one short session. He went on to jump a rather large wahoo on fly out on the bluewater boat, impressive - and a special experience to share together.

Tight lines from Keith and the Alphonse Fishing Co team.

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