SEY - Seychelles
Mid October through April
10 rods per week
Bonefish, Giant Trevally, Milkfish…
Alphonse Island is located in the Seychelles chain of islands in the Indian Ocean, 7 degrees south of the Equator, and 400 km (250 miles) south west of Mahe, the capital of the Seychelles.
Bonefish and Giant Trevally. Milkfish, Indo Pacific Permit, Barracuda, Triggerfish, Snapper.
SEASON OF OPERATION
Mid-October through April
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE LOGISTICS
The fishing week at Alphonse runs from Saturday to Saturday. We recommend, when possible, coming in a day early to Mahe. This helps guests get over the jet lag associated with a long flight and ensures that there are no issues with missing the Saturday charter flight down to Alphonse Island because of possible flight delays with the International flights into Mahe.
There are 10 chalets available for the 10 rods, all of which are charming, thatched beach access chalets with en-suite sunken baths and ‘open air’ showers. Each chalet offers either single, double or twin accommodation. For those worried about the creature comforts, each guests chalet is air-conditioned, has fresh bed linens and a selection of towels, bathrobes and personal convenience/hygiene products. To keep in touch with the outside world chalets also have satellite television and a direct access international telephone.
Angling capacity at Alphonse is 10 rods per week.
The fishing program at Alphonse runs like a well oiled machine. Each morning after breakfast, guests will board the Tam Tam Mothership for the ride out to the fishing grounds where the flats skiffs are waiting. The guides will take their guests to a designated area to fish that day and guests will rotate between the guides to ensure that as wide an area as possible has been fished by the end of the week. The average day is 8 hours long and starts when guests reach the flats.
The St. Francois lagoon is an incredibly vast flats system interspersed with channels and cuts that host approximately 60 species which can be landed on the fly. The bonefish flats are a hard packed white sand bottom covering roughly 10,000 acres. The sight casting that these flats allow is exceptional and it’s not uncommon for an experienced saltwater angler to land 20-40 bonefish on an incoming tide and falling tide. Most of the fishing is done while wading as the guide will head to a specific area within the lagoon and then he and his guests will walk the flats, allowing both anglers to fish at the same time. Most of the trevally fishing is also done while wading.
The GT’s in particular are frequently found near the surf break on the reef and they will pretty much hit anything thrown in front of them. There are times when the flats skiff will be utilized to help with fighting a large trevally, of which there are plenty. This is a diverse fishery that will cater to all levels of skill. Catch and release is strictly enforced and barbless hooks are mandatory.
BOATS AND EQUIPMENT
The skiffs used at Alphonse are Mavericks and Dolphin Super Skiffs powered by 50 horse powered engines. This is a fly fishing only location. Absolutely no spin fishing is allowed. There is limited gear rental should you break rods while fishing.
Guests will need to fly into the capital city of Mahe from one of several European cities offering overnight air service to the Seychelles. We have also recently started booking guests through Dubai from the US and Canada, which has worked out well. Once guests have cleared customs in Mahe, they will be met by a Slip Stream Angling representative who will help facilitate the chosen itinerary. Again, when possible, we highly recommend coming in a day or two early and staying at one of the great hotels in Mahe. The charter flight from Mahe to Alphonse Island leaves at noon on Saturdays and returns to Mahe the following Saturday in the late afternoon.
Slipstream is a full service travel company that can handle a variety of services relating to your trip. For assistance, please contact us directly at 1 866 644-7703.
INCLUDED IN PRICE
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE
Laundry service is available - Bicycles are provided to each guest to get around the island - Guest’s rods are normally stored on the Tam Tam after each days fishing. A fresh water rinse is available on board.
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
There are no Visa requirements.
All that is needed is a valid passport
RATES FOR 2017-18
$9,200 USD Includes $700 USD round trip flight from Mahe
$5,600 USD Non Angler Includes $700 USD round trip flight from Mahe