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Alphonse Island News – Week 26

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Alphonse Island News – Week 26

Week after week everyone is amazed at what the Alphonse Island fishery has to offer and this week was no exception, with some of the best weather of the season.




With a full moon in the middle of the week the tides started making themselves known as the days progressed. Warm water for the first few days made for a late afternoon battle, but the vast movement of water in the last few days cooled everything down and made for some great fishing.

As usual the bone fishing was very good and everyone likes to kickstart their week with a good bonefish Sunday session but with the tides being perfect for trigger fishing on the finger flats, most anglers ticked the bonefish box quickly and headed straight onto the tricky triggers.

Fortunately, the triggers were more than willing to oblige and six fish were landed on the first day with Jay Smit managing to bring two gorgeous yellowmargin to hand in quick succession and his boat partner Steve Brooks wasn’t far behind with a big yellowmargin. Next to join the list were Charles Berry and Chantal Chone with a moustache triggerfish each. Chantal also completed a ‘Flats Slam’ for the day by bagging a good 70cm GT late in the afternoon to seal the deal. Chantal’s boat partner Gerrit Wyma also managed a huge moustache earlier in the day.

After a great first day hopes were high for the rest of the week. The triggerfish continued to make a presence, with father and son Philip and Roelof Van Rooyen both catching two gorgeous fish. Chris Hale completed the second ‘Flats Slam’ of the week with a great yellowmargin and went on to get a moustache later in the week. John Dale managed a moustache triggerfish and a great 7lb 8oz bonefish and Jan Hradecky landed two triggers, one yellowmargin and one moustache.

Besides the triggerfishing being fantastic the milkfish and GTs were showing themselves every now and then too. Roelof did battle with a milkfish for almost an hour before having to watch the fish swim away. Chris Hale however made his GT opportunities count, winning a fight with a 111cm fish on the flats in super shallow water and he went on to land another one of 75cm later in the day.

Tight lines from Keith and the Alphonse Fishing Co. team.

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Bonefish, GT, Flats fishing, Keith Rose-Innes, Alphonse Island

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