For years the Seychelles has been known as one of the top destinations to target GT’s on the fly. It’s a fishery and ecosystem that is completely frozen in time, where the daily dramas of predator and prey play out in front of your very eyes every single day of the season. Astove has taken the GT fishing to the next level due to its incredible results. In one week a group landed 92 GTs with a staggering 12 of them measuring over the magical 100 cm mark. It’s not just huge GT’s Astove is good for, there’s also Bonefish, Permit, Barracuda, Milkfish, Bluefin Trevally, Triggerfish, plus offshore species like Yellowfin Tuna, Dogtooth Tuna, Wahoo, Sailfish and Marlin.
Astove Atoll is situated 1,055km south-west of Mahé and forms part of the remote Aldabra group of atolls. It’s a small and unique atoll that spans six km from north to south and just under four km from east to west at the widest point.
The fishing is first class as fresh fish come and go with the daily tides and with only 6 anglers fishing at one time the area has not had a lot of pressure. You will be fishing hard packed flats that offer excellent wading opportunities with plenty of chances at a wide variety of species from which to target. The tides at Astove play a very significant role on when certain species of fish will be targeted and the excellent team of guides will work with you to ensure that you are in the right place at the right time throughout the week. Fishing is varied from the miles of hard saltwater flats to the famous “Wall” of Astove, where the flats sheer off and immediately drops from two feet to well over 3000 feet deep. The “Wall” of Astove is breathtakingly beautiful and is often-times compared to an underwater Grand Canyon.
All Astove trips are led by a team of world-class professional fly fishing guides who have amassed a very considerable amount of hard-earned experience fishing the waters of the Indian Ocean. Based on just 2 anglers to one guide. Everyone will receive 6 fully guided fishing days. The fishing is either from a skiff or on foot wading the flats. There are four 20ft mini-Mahé tender boats that have been specifically designed for fly fishing the outer atolls as well as the blue-water. In addition, there are two Mitzi skiffs situated inside the lagoon.
Astove is open to anglers from early November to late April with a break over the festive period. This avoids the unstable weather patterns that can be experienced outside of this period. You can have excellent fishing at any stage during the season. Weeks with full or new moons tend to be at a premium as the increase in tidal range and flow of water, in and out of the flats, benefits the GT’s that lie in ambush!
Although the main activity on Astove is fishing there is equally good diving especially around the wall which was even made famous by Jacques Cousteau made the Wall famous in 1956 when he filmed part of “The Silent World” along its edge.
If you have any questions on the Alphonse Island fishing trips we offer then contact us in the office, our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Additionally, you can request a free brochure.
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