Alphonse Island News – Week 6







As far as conditions were concerned the tidal cycle looked particularly fishy with large spring tides at the start of the week and a slow neap cycle at the end of the week and Sunday started in true Alphonse fashion with super-calm conditions, cool, gin clear water and some awesome bonefishing to iron out the kinks.

Tim Marks was the first to get stuck into a magnificent 106cm GT, which he sight-cast to with a NYAP popper off the edge of a finger flat. In typical GT fashion the take was explosive and as exhilarating as you can get, with the fight long and hard – including a chase in the boat!

The milkfish also made an appearance but didn’t quite feed consistently enough to make it happen for our guests this week but a large number of GT encounters were had, with some nice catches made mostly on the flats.

As far as the triggerfish were concerned, there were lots of stories of fish hooked and lost through the various crafty methods that make them such tricky customers to land.

Susan Conway landed her first ever indo pacific permit, which was by no means a monster, but nevertheless a permit and as always the bonefishing was spectacular, with consistently impressive numbers of fish tailing in super skinny water.  At the end of the week 547 bonefish had been landed and released between 12 anglers.

The most remarkable period of the week was when the neap tides offered some of the best possible sailfishing and father and son team of Gene and Peter Pawlik went out to catch a ‘Bills and Bones Slam’. Starting off with a double sailfish hook up they then went on to double up on a large number of bonefish to complete the first father and son double up ‘Bills and Bones Slam’.

Tight lines from Keith and the Alphonse team.

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