Wonderful Fishing in Alphonse

An Alphonse sunrise is one of the most spectacular sightings behold as the sun rises above an endless horizon, split by a white haze of surf, sand and blue ocean. The weather was mostly stable and the tides immense with some of the lowest drops this year.


To the extent that some coral heads that the most seasoned guides had never seen before made an appearance. The inner flats dried up completely at times which meant that the teams mostly headed off to the surf to enjoy the cool pushing tides that made the fishing exceptional.

The starting day of the week referred to as Bonefish Sunday irons out the casting kinks and fine tunes the eye for whats to come during the week.


Father and son Michael and Chris Garbutt managed 48 bonefish between the two of them on Sunday with most the fish of a respectable size. As the days progressed and as always St Francois presented a variety of species for our guests to target.

Jared Zissu was the first of the guests to take advantage of the magnificent surf conditions and landed a Flats Slam consisting of a well-groomed moustache triggerfish, a GT and a hand full of bonefish.


Later on in the week Jared also went on to catch his first sailfish on fly. Following on was Bruce Jackson with a fin perfect 81cm GT and Yuri Telegin with a brace GT’s just falling short of the magic one meter mark at 97cm.

Not only was the surf fishing on fire but the milkfish were out and about with both Josh Hutchins and Michael Talbot managing to hang onto their fish after a lengthy battle and many failed attempts due to hooks pulling and line parting.


Saving the best for last, Bruce and Dmytro Stemkovskyy managed to land good size Indo-Pacific permit each that stretched the tape to well over 60cm fork length. Once again a fun and eventful week of fishing.


Tight lines, happy festive season from the team on Alphonse.


Best Regards

Keith Rose-Innes


The Land of Giants

The first week of the highly anticipated Cosmoledo 2016 – 17 season kicked off with a bang. The first group of guests aboard our luxurious 85ft mother ship, Lone Star, included father and son team Jeff and Ryan Monsein, Kay Jones, Matt Naber, Egor Chulanov, Stanislav Gorbounov and Nickolai Stelmach.


With the tidal cycle moving into spring tides and a ‘super moon’ later in the week, everything looked perfect for big water movements and big fish!

As comfortable as the Lone Star is it didn’t take too much convincing to get the team onto the skiffs and racing to the hot spots.

Ryan opened his GT account with a monster of 120 cm, a giant fish by any standards. Not to be out done, Matt made the perfect cast with a NYAP that could not be refused by another giant. The ensuing tussle with a 125 cm of angry giant trevally made Matt’s day.

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Two fish over 120 cm on the opening day of the season had all the guests and guides fired up for the rest of the week. As the week progressed more and more GTs were caught with stories shared over cold beers about big fish hooked and lost and so many close encounters with the fish of a lifetime. Kay Jones managed an impressive count of GT for the week including a solid 102cm fish as well as a pair of Moustache triggerfish.

Matt continued where he started by landing a total of 17 GTs, his first ever moustache triggerfish, a dogtooth tuna along with many more species. Jeff had an impressive tally of GT, his first ever moustache triggerfish and a bus 10 lbs bonefish that made sure he ended his week in stellar form.

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A total of 84 GTs, 5 Triggerfish, numerous trophy bonefish and a host of big bluefin trevally, bohar snapper, barracuda and dogtooth tuna made for a great weeks fishing on one of the planets premier saltwater destinations.

The guide team and crew of the Lone Star could not have asked for a better start to the season and all look forward to what the rest of the season has in store for our guests.

Tight lines from the team.

Best Regards

Keith Rose-Innes

Alphonse Island The Dream

I have seen a great video some months ago, and for the first time in my life I had found out what a Giant Trevally or a GT looks like! Amazing!


No many times in my life I had the feeling that there was something I had to do in the next 24 months to be extremely happy, and I promise myself I will go there no matter what. So, I had thought to call them and get reservations for 2017 for a group of 6 people, and since then I had started thinking, who will be those six crazy fly fishermen that will come with me to this lost place in Paradise.

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The fishing looks crazy. There are 7 species there but really one epic fish, the giant trevally. I have seen one of the most amazing videos about GT made by 7 degrees south 30 sec teaser. I would like to share this link in this report because is such an amazing video, that I would like every one of my friends to enjoy it:

7 degrees south 30 sec teaser

I hope you had as much fun and joy watching that video as I still do every time I have the pleasure to watch it. Adrenaline!!!

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So, it was funny; where the heck is Alphonse Island? No idea.

Only google maps can help, right?

But the surprise was when I had seen the island is as big as the land trip, and I was working with the zoom in my screen, and only water, and salt water and more water… only water, and finally I had seen another small island, Desroches Island. At that time, in your screen you will see nothing, just water!!! NOTHING! Just water!!! I want to be there!! And I had continue playing with the zoom and finally I had seen Seychelles!!! We are in the Indic Ocean. Desroches is only a little bigger than Alphonse! Just a little biger LOL

I am on my way to Alphonse! It is a dream! And I would like to do it with 5 more friends!

So I had started reading about it and this is what I have found out in their website:

Considered a fly anglers paradise, the expansive sea flats surrounding the atolls of Alphonse and St Francois provide the fly fishing experience of a lifetime. This spectacular wilderness has ten thousand acres of white sand flats, which provide easy wading and world class site fishing. The atolls are home to incredibly large populations of Bonefish, 3 different types of Triggerfish, Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, Permit, Parrotfish, 8 species of Trevally (including the Giant Trevally), and the incomparable Milkfish.

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This diversity gives anglers the opportunity to target a myriad of different species during their stay. The St Francois fishery caters for just 12 fly anglers at a time to maintain exclusivity and sustainability. To ensure guests the ultimate fishing experience, an international team of knowledgeable guides and qualified managers are on hand to share their passion for this unique fishery and its environment. Anglers are transferred for the short run from Alphonse to St François lagoon by the 40′ mother ship to where the skiffs are kept anchored.

The fishing is very much tide dependent so the prevailing conditions will dictate which species you will focus on. You are then able to access the vast expanse of flats, lagoons, channels and reefs which spoil anglers in the choice of environment and species for which they would like to hunt. The accommodation at Alphonse is amongst some of the most comfortable you will encounter at any fly fishing destination in the world.

I am excited, and I hope you get excited too. We are going!

So, what to do now? Just send an email and get in touch.

So I have called …

Pablo Aguilo


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