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St. Brandon’s Atoll

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MRU - Mauritius

Season

October to mid December,
Early April to early June.

Capacity

8 guests on board per trip

Species

Bonefish, Indo Pacific Permit…

LOCATION
Cargados Carajos Shoals (also known as the Saint Brandon Rocks) are a group of about 50 small islands and islets on an extended reef in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Mauritius. The islands have a total land area of 1.3 km². The reef measures more than 50 km from north to south, and is 5 km wide, cut by three passes. The reef area is 190 km². The islands are classified as a dependency of Mauritius, which is more than 300 km south, and are administered from Port Louis.

PRIMARY SPECIES
Bonefish, Indo Pacific Permit, GT’s. This is a fantastic large bonefish oriented destination and the other species, while often plentiful, are to be considered a bonus and cannot be guaranteed.

SEASON OF OPERATION
Due to seasonality and weather, the fishing season is split in two: From early October until mid December and from early April to early June.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE LOGISTICS
There are 12 daily international flights into Mauritius and because of the early 10 am departure schedule, all guests will need to fly into Mauritius the day before the boats is scheduled to depart. On the way out it is possible to fly out the day you get back to port, so long as it’s a late afternoon or evening flight. The airport is a 45 minute drive from Port Louis, where the boats are moored and all guests will need to be on board at least 30 minutes prior to the 10 am departure. Once all guests are on board and settled into their cabins, the boats will steam in a north east direction for 24 hours, until it reaches the Cargados Carajos Shoals (St. Brandon’s) early the next morning. Please note that the only way to get to St Brandon’s is via these vessels as there are no airstrips on any of the islands at the St Brandon’s Atoll. The boats have stabilizers that greatly reduce the roll and the trip up and back is both relaxing and comfortable. Upon arrival, guests will have a full 7 days to explore and fish this incredible ecosystem.

ACCOMMODATIONS
Guests will be accommodated in a simple but comfortable guesthouse on Raphael Island situated in the fish rich northern part of the atoll. Although the guesthouse is by no means luxurious, it is clean, comfortable and considering it’s remote location, is all a travelling angler needs to enjoy the finest trophy Bonefish, Indo –Pacific Permit and trophy GT fishing available in the Indian Ocean. To top it off, there is a highly productive and easy wading flat just meters away from the front porch of the guesthouse. Currently there are 4 bedrooms in the house, each containing two comfortable single beds and some basic amenities. The guesthouse currently has two fully renovated bathrooms for the guests, each containing a shower, basin and toilet.

DESTINATION CAPACITY
Angling capacity is 8 guests.

THE FISHING
St Brandon’s (Cargados Carajos Shoals) is comprised of a vast network of sand flats, coral ridges and channels that run through a myriad of unparalleled angling opportunities. The magnificent condition of the coral and the lobster infested outer reefs is proof that other than a small population of Creole natives who live on Raphael Island in the north, this area has seen very little human pressure and interference.

The exquisite flats that dominate the landscape of this area are predominantly made up of a white hard packed sand base. For those who like to wade and site cast to large bonefish in skinny water, there are few more gratifying fisheries on earth. While there are fishable areas at St. Brandon’s that are comprised of broken coral, by far the majority of the atoll is easy to wade. First light brings new opportunities and the entire operation is geared towards getting up early and getting out on the first light. Most guests prefer to spend the entire day out on the flats, fishing whatever options present themselves. This means bringing a packed lunch when guests leave the guest house in the morning. However, if guests would prefer to head back to the guest house to relax and get out of the mid day sun in an air-conditioned environment, we can set it up so that one or more of the tenders head back to the guest house for lunch. It’s entirely up to our guests. The fishing schedule for the next day is established the night before, when the clients and guides will discuss angling priorities, tides, weather, and other factors that may influence the following day’s fishing.

In terms of species, St Brandon’s offers the finest big bonefish opportunities that we know of. Fish up to 15 pounds have been caught during the last year with larger fish routinely seen and cast to. On an early incoming tide, guests can expect to see a combination of huge schools of bonefish, along with large cruising singles and doubles. The hard packed white sand flats offer superb visibility and anglers can see waves of bonefish and other species coming in from a great distance away. Aside from the consistently outstanding big bonefish opportunities that St Brandon’s offers, this remote location also offers anglers perhaps the finest Indo-Pacific Permit fishing on the planet. Also known as “Golden Permit”, these notoriously finicky eaters are found throughout the atoll and if guests are willing to specifically target them, multiple shots at these beautiful fish are generally available each day.

GT’s or “Geets” are also a common occurrence at St. Brandon’s, but fishing for this powerful flats adversary can be hit and miss. There are days when you’ll see upwards of 100 GT’s muscling through the shallows and then none for a week or more. When you do find them they are often big and fish over 100 pounds have been recorded. The electric Bluefin Trevally is also available at St Brandon’s and as this species goes, large fish over 20 pounds have been caught several times. Other trevally species that can be encountered on the flats include the Golden, Yellow Dot, and the Green Spotted Trevally.

BOATS AND EQUIPMENT
Four tenders are available to fish from at the St. Brandon’s Atoll. These are locally built mono hull 17 foot boats that are powered by twin 15 horse powered 2-stroke engines. These boats are ideal for much of the area at St. Brandon’s because they draw less than a foot of water, allowing guests access to some of the best skinny water sections of the atoll. Each boat is skippered by a qualified guide who has a full skipper’s ticket.

GETTING THERE
There are a variety of international flights into Mauritius each day from South Africa, Dubai, Europe (London, Paris and Germany) Singapore, Kuala Lampor and the Seychelles. All guests will need to fly in to Mauritius the day before the trip. The boats are set to depart the following morning from Port Louis. It is also advisable to fly out the following day, after you’ve returned from St Brandon’s, rather than trying to get out the day you get back. Once everyone is on board the vessels, they depart for St. Brandon’s at 10 am. Guests can relax, read, organize equipment and socialize while the boats steam northeast up the Madagascar Trench on her 24 hour journey to the fabled fishing grounds of the Cargados Carjagos Shoals. Guests can anticipate arriving at St. Brandon’s at approximately 11 am the following morning and should anticipate being ready to fish shortly after arrival.

Slipstream is a full service travel company that can handle international airfare, your accommodations in Mauritius, Global Rescue Emergency Evacuation Policy, travel insurance, as well as a host of other services relating to your trip. Please contact us directly at 1 866 644-7703 if you’d like assistance.

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RATES FOR 2017-18

$8,000 USD per person DBL