St Brandon’s First trip of the Season Report
St Brandon’s First trip of the Season Report began with an extended 9 day trip on the 11th of April with the return of one of St Brandon’s most ardent supporters. The team lead by Dick included previous visitors Kelly, Ivan and Dick himself. New to the atoll were Scott, Bruce and Ryan all whom had heard the stories but quite rightly needed first hand experience before they made up their minds.
After a super smooth crossing, everyone arrived on the atoll eager to see the changes that had taken place after the off period. Structural changes to the flats were everywhere, but as per normal so too were the fish.
Big Bones were the order of the day on day one and as is tradition the group laid into countless 7lb plus fish in ankle deep water. GT and Permit sightings too filtered through as the guests enjoyed an icy cold beer on the back deck of the Gryphon as the sun sank on our first day. It was great to be back and with exceptional weather forecast our hopes were high for more great fishing. As days raced by memorable moments and special fishblurred together.
The atoll was fishing really well and with a group who could present the fly accurately at will, no fish were safe. Skinny water big Bones, regular opportunities at Permit, big Bluefin Trevally, shoals of Yellowdot and Golden Trevally and yes some truly monstrous GT’s presented themselves to us. It was simply saltwater flats fishing at it’s finest.
The group revelled in the fishing but as per normal with this special group of anglers, the moments shared between friends was a privilege to be a apart of as a guide team. With that in mind and instead of trying to break down the trip from a fishing point of view, I think it best to let the images for the week speak for themselves. Trust me they are well worth a look as they include our largest St Brandon’s GT (132cm), 6 Indo-Pacific Permit, two 10lb plus Bones, a 16lb Golden Trevally as well as a host of fish which would claim bragging rights at any other venue.
In closing we would like to thank the group for their support of our St Brandon’s project and look forward to the the rest of our guests for the rest of the season.
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