The week couldn’t have started any better with Paris Felezanis from the well known on line magazine “This Is Fly” catching a Permit on his first day of fishing Alphonse. The weather played its part allowing for perfect spotting conditions with bright sunny days. Some of the group had fished St François on previous trips and knew exactly how to entice the various species on offer. The GT’s were around in good numbers to test the arms of our regulars who had forgotten exactly how hard they pull. The Giant Trevally were up feeding on the flats with 145 sightings and 9 landed for the week. There were 3 fish of over a meter, a 106cm by Scott Richards, a 103 cm by Joe Wilson and Nathan Boyd just made the 100’s club with a beautiful 101cm fish. Joe also landed the Biggest Bonefish of the week, which was one of the 352 caught and released for the 6 days of fishing on St François. The flurry of Triggerfish continues from previous weeks with 14 falling prey to a well-tied crustacean fly. Garry Robinson landed a veteran Yellow Margin of 10lbs while star guide Yousuf continued on last weeks’ Triggerfish onslaught of 4 Triggers with Andy Wright in one day. This week while guiding Nathan Boyd they landed 5 in a single day, which is virtually unheard of, except for on St Francois. The highlight of the week had to be Chris Hamaway’s ”Grand Slam”, which was the first of the season when he landed a Milkfish, GT, Bonefish and added a Wahoo and big Bluefin Trevally to the count, all in one day. The Milkfish have been a bit sporadic making this achievement even more memorable. The week got even better when Joseph Theobald caught the second Permit for the week. The fishing offshore was equally as good as the action on the flats. Joe Wilson took full advantage and landed this seasons’ first Sailfish on fly as well as a bunch of Wahoo. We had a very special farther and son team fishing Alphonse for the week, Grant and Caleb Dryden (13 year old). Caleb had a fantastic introduction to saltwater fly fishing when he added a Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna and GT to his first ever Bonefish and Triggerfish along with a variety of other species. Once again it’s been a week of fantastic results both on the flats and around the bar.
Tight lines from Keith Rose-Innes, Devan Van Der Merwe and the Alphonse team!