Alphonse Island News 3 – Testing Conditions on the Seychelles
As has been the case during the last few weeks testing weather conditions have continued to surround the Seychelles, bringing strong winds and cloudy conditions, to the extent that our ten anglers had to spend two days fishing Alphonse.
The lagoon was clean, cool and the tides were perfect for fishing the inside of the lagoon. True to form the unsettled weather enticed good numbers of feeding permit both onto the flats at St Francois and Alphonse. On the first afternoon, while based on Alphonse, Collin Campbell landed the first indo-pacific permit of the week, which was his second in two weeks. After the quick start the success ratio dropped considerably with numerous bites, hook-ups and two break-offs, until Istvan Virag finally managed the second permit of the week – it was a day to remember as not only was it Istvan’s first indo-pacific permit but it was also his birthday.
The bonefish numbers averaged between 126 and 152 per day, with some fantastic tailing bonefishing to be had at times. The cooler water also meant that there were a fair number of fish caught in the six to seven pound range.
Brothers Jack and Teddy Coulter were first off the mark when they caught a brace of moustache triggerfish on the first day. Later in the week they were nominated as the ‘triggerfish kings’ as they both racked up another moustache trigger each. Terry Box landed his first moustache triggerfish while wading the surf on Alphonse, making a final tally of six for the team’s week.
At the beginning of the week there were good numbers of GTs around with brothers Jack and Teddy bagging a fish each. As the week progressed and the weather got progressively worse the GT sightings reduced. ‘Big fish Friday’ produced once again when Teddy and Jack’s father, John, was not to be outdone and landed the biggest GT of the week, measuring 106 cm.
All things considered it was another great week’s fishing ,even though the weather didn’t play its part.
Tight lines from Keith and the Alphonse Island team.
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