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St Brandon's Fishing Report with Sportquest Holidays

St Brandon’s Fishing Report 26 Sept to 5 Oct

The season on St Brandon’s has started, read each week our St Brandon’s Fishing Report to make sure you are kept up to date with all the fishing and action as it happens.

Even though the first week had some pretty tough weather, St Brandon’s showed just why it is so revered as a saltwater flats fishing destination with no less than six 10 pound plus Bonefish being weighed in the first week.
The first day out was pretty tough by St Brandon’s standards, stronger than average winds making things a little challenging. Nonetheless everyone had experienced the impressive run of some solid St Brandon’s Bonefish by the time the sun dipped under the horizon.

releasing a 10lb bonefish from st brandon with sportquest holidays

A customer releasing a big Bonefish caught fly fishing on St Brandon’s

Day two was gorgeous, with a light breeze and clear blue skies making spotting fish a real treat. Subsequently everyone enjoyed the incredible skinny water Bonefish fishing that St Brandon’s has become known for! Customer Ferdi opened up our 10lb Bonefish account for the season with a beautiful specimen that ate in ankle deep water. Congrats Ferdi! He quickly made another first; within an hour he had added an Indo Pacific Permit to our list of firsts for the season. Following a large single Bonefish, the fish followed the fly for what seemed an age before finally committing. Epic!!!! The decision was quickly made to look for a GT in an effort to get the Grand Slam. On the first drift over a favorite sand spit, two Nurse Sharks with some passengers were spotted moving their way up a funnel. Ferdi made the cast and one fish charged in and smashed the fly. The hook set was made and the fish tore off. First GT of the season was on. Sadly however after an incredibly powerful 15 minute battle the fish found it’s way over some coral. It was heartbreaking but looking back it had been a great day to be a part of!

Our third day on the atoll dawned much the same as day two, with clear blue skies and another light SE wind beckoning us out. Our guests capitalized on the tides and conditions with many fish between 5lbs and 9lbs being stalked, cast to and landed in remarkable skinny water. During this period Mark had spotted a single fish in the distance and began the stalk across to it. After getting into position he made a solid cast into the strike zone, the fish smashing it against the hard flat. Water sprayed everywhere and his reel sang as a very large fish attempted to free itself. Thankfully after a few nervous moments and some blistering runs the fish slid into the net. It weighed 10lbs and was our second double-digit fish for the trip. Sadly the weather turned for the worse as the day went on and in the end the decision was made to head back to the comfort of the Gryphon.

what a lovely indigo permit about to be released on St brandon's atoll

A stunning Permit the first of the season about to be released on St Brandon’s

Day four and the weather had not improved. Despite everyone itching to head out, a decision was made not to head out onto the flats in the morning for safety reasons. This is never a pleasant piece of news to give our guests considering how far all of them have travelled (thankfully we don’t have to do it often) but safety comes first and knowing the sort of fishing which can transpire after a really bad weather day the guides remained optimistic. Sadly however it never improved and we held thumbs for better conditions the next day.

Another double figure Bonefish caught on our fly fishing trips to St Brandons Mauritius

What a real cracking double figure Bonefish caught on St Brandon’s 

Our fifth day started off with an overcast sky and relatively strong winds but as the day progressed the sky cleared and the wind dropped resulting in prime conditions. The fishing turned on and we made hay. Steve in particular had a bumper of a day, laying into the Bones in a big way as well landing a beautiful Brassy Trevally. He could have had a Golden Trevally as well, but a cheeky Shark made sure the fight ended prematurely. He was not done though and at the end of the day whilst stalking some Bones he spotted a pack of GT’s cruising the flat. He moved, the cast went in and the rest is history. Not the biggest St Brandon’s GT but a prize on any atoll at a solid 85cm fish. Chuffed for you Steve!

What a cracking picture of customer holding a huge GT caught in the first week on St Brandon's

What a cracking picture of a very happy customer holding the first GT on St Brandon’s

Everyone headed out with enthusiasm on our final day and it paid off, with great Bonefish fishing being enjoyed by all. On the notables’ front, Eugene sighted and stalked a behemoth Bonefish. He made the cast and the fished charged the fly, knocking a smaller fish right out of the way before crushing it. After a long intense fight Eugene landed the biggest Bone of the week. A truly special fish Eugene…well done! Added to this his dad Ferdi had landed his second double-digit fish for the week 20 minutes earlier so it was another memorable moment to be a part of. Randy too joined the Ten Pound Club on the final day! He quietly stalked the fish in super skinny water, made the perfect cast and the fish charged the fly. There was no way this fish was going to miss that meal! After a blistering first run Randy managed to subdue a beautiful St Brandon’s specimen. What a way to end his trip!

customer holding a double figure bonefish all part of our St brandon fishing report

A nice shot of a double figure Bonefish taken on the fly from St Brandon’s Mauritius 

With fine weather and a following sea, we headed back to Port Louis experiencing a very pleasant crossing all the way back.

Despite some tough days, we had a great time with our guests. A big thank you to Peter, Randy, Eugene, Ferdi, Mark, Steve and Jeff for joining us on the atoll, we hope to see you all again soon!

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7 comments

  1. Tony

    Sportquest there are 8 of us looking for the best destination for big bones. We have spoken to a few operators but no one seems to really know what they are on about. Some friends of ours travelled with you last year and only had good things to say, so you come highly recommended.

    1. Peter Collingsworth Sportquest

      Tony thank you for your kind words, it is something we hear on a regular basis. However thats good for us plus having so many customers saying good things its amazing how quick the word is spread. We are very proud of our customer service as we like to call it the “Sportquest Experience”

      I can do you a cracking deal for 8 rods. I will give you a call and we can discuss all the destinations and options in great detail. I look forward in chatting to you.

      1. Vincant

        We are in the same boat, there is 3 of us looking for same amazing bonefish fishing. What can you offer please.

        1. Peter Collingsworth Sportquest

          Vincant we have lots to offer and we really know all our stuff, I will call you to discuss, once I know exactly what you are all looking for we can recommend the best destinations at the best time of year.

        2. Vincant

          Thanks

  2. George

    Guys we have been using Sportquest now for the last 2 years they are such a breath of fresh air to the rest. Service and the way they handle everything is first class. Nothing was any trouble and always made us feel special.

    1. Peter Collingsworth Sportquest

      George it is always a pleasure dealing with you and your group and a big thank you from all the staff for your kind words. Comments like this makes everyone feel good about their job.

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