Providence Blog: 4 – 11 Dec 2018

Providence Blog: 4 – 11 Dec 2018

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Day 1 – We woke up to challenging weather with very little light. This didn’t dampen our spirits and we headed out excited to make the most of our final week of the season. The dark conditions proved successful for bluewater fishing and it wasn’t long before we started raising Sailfish and the odd Yellowfin Tuna. Dale and Mark both got into the action by landing a Sailfish each.  The moment the water level allowed us to begin wading we headed for the flats, our focus being trying to spot tails or disturbances caused by the fish moving in the shallow water. Pat started his trip off in style by landing two solid GTs, while Mike who had caught a few smaller GTs on previous trips, managed to land a decent fish. Jim, who was a first time visitor to the Seychelles was in disbelief after landing his first ever GT on the fly on the opening day of his trip. Allan also managed to tick off a lovely Yellow Margin Triggerfish that was spotted tailing on a shallow flat. Despite the tricky light good numbers of fish were spotted on Day 1.

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Day 2 – Sunshine! Great conditions to start the day. With the improved light we saw loads of fish. Pat made the most of his opportunities on the flats and managed to hook and land two beautiful GTs. Allan enjoyed his day and landed his first GT. Jim continued his good form on Day 2, ticking off a great Bumphead Parrotfish, a Moustache Triggerfish and a solid Barracuda. Well done Jim! Mike enjoyed a special day, he landed a beautiful GT, a Moustache Triggerfish and finally he secured an Indian Ocean Slam by landing a couple of big Bonefish!

IMG_4624Day 3 – The GTs were around in really good numbers. Saul landed his first GT for the trip. A short while later he landed a second, this fish charging off a stingray and ate the fly so close to him that the fish just about bit the end of his fly rod! A lovely 92cm GT, well done Saul. Dale also managed to hook and land an awesome fish that was sitting stationery just off the edge of a sand bank. This fished missed the fly twice before eventually engulfing the whole thing. Allan and Mike enjoyed the good fishing too by landing a GT each. Mike added a lively Sailfish to his list whilst Jim also landed his first ever Sailfish on fly. Well done Jim!

DSC_9927Day 4 – Although we had a number of shots at some really special fish today, we unfortunately didn’t make the most of these opportunities. Mike and Allen, however kept their good run going by landing a couple GTs each. The species fishing however continued to impress. Amongst others there were good catches of various Groupers, Emperors, Snappers and Bluefin Trevally which always bring a smile to those interested in the lesser known species of Providence Atoll.

DSC_9832Day 5 – Dale and Mike landed two GTs each for the day while Allan almost broke the meter mark with a beautiful GT of 98cm. This fish launched out of the water to eat his fly and then tore off into a channel that was full of coral heads. After some quick boat work, the fly line was freed from the snags and the fish was landed, photographed and sent back to see another day. Jim also managed to get a GT to his name whilst Pat chipped in with a fine GT to end the day. We hooked and lost quite a few fish today, but it was encouraging to see good numbers of fish on the flats.

DSC_9994Day 6 – Both Mark and Pat started their final day on the flats in style by landing a GT each. Team Mike and Allen enjoyed fine fishing with the pair landing two GTs each as well. The species fishing too was great, with loads of big Groupers and Snappers coming to hand. This was a fun week which was definitely enjoyed by all. With that we concluded our final week of the 2018 season. It was a memorable one and we look forward to our next stint in March 2019 on the atoll. Our fish tally for the week was as follows:

  • GTs – 37
  • Milkfish – 1
  • Triggerfish – 3
  • Bonefish – 6
  • Species – 139

Until the next time

The Prov guide team

 

 

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