The weather played a significant role in this week’s fishing, with a massive cold front moving slowly through the area. Sunday through Tuesday afternoon saw a lot of rain and nearly 100% cloud cover, making sight fishing extremely difficult. The rest of the week was scattered with periods of heavy rain, clouds and a wildly fluctuating barometer. There was the odd ray of sunshine, however, and the guests and guides made those gaps count.
The triggers were fairly plentiful on the coral fingers, and even with the tides and weather against us, a few nice fish were landed. Daniel, a first-time guest from Argentina, made the most of his stay and nabbed two triggers in one day, as well as a GT whilst walking Milky Way finger. All this in the space of an hour and a half. He was also lucky enough to get a few shots at GTs on the Western flats on his first day and was one of the few who managed to land a GT in the poor conditions; talk about taking your chances.
A couple of annual guests on their 17th trip to Alphonse also ground out a few GTs, which were hard to come by. Most GTs were found near the surf on the dropping tides, but opportunities were still few and far between. Only the most patient and determined anglers were rewarded and in the winds, the shots had to be pinpointed. Nonetheless, nine fish were landed on the flats during the course of the week and at least six were lost near the boat.
The bonefishing on Alphonse is described by many as some of the best in the world, and this week it put on a show. The bones turned up in their droves on the dropping tides and hung around for a while on the white sand. With the heavy cloud cover, sight fishing them was tough even in skinny water, but casting at the shadows still produced the goods. It’s not uncommon to land a ton of bones on Alphonse, but over 300 fish in five days is a special week by any standard.
Tight lines, Alphonse Fishing Co. on Alphonse Island.
If you would like to know more about the fantastic fishing opportunities on offer on Alphonse Island you can contact our saltwater fly fishing expert Peter Collingsworth on 01603 407596 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.