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: Mauritius report: fly fishing & popping

Mad Dog BE
01-23-2007, 01:23 AM
Just came back from a 2 weeks stay in Mauritius, one of the few fishing spots where anyone can combine family ‘obligations’ (nice hotels, great food, great beaches) while managing to get terrific ‘extreme’ fishing days.

2 years ago I booked the guide Dominique Thevenau ( Fishing and Hunting Safaris, Mauritius) to guide me fly fishing for GT and any other predators hidden in the surf crashing on the corral reefs. As I had a great time with him, I decided to hire him again for a few days fishing.

Overall situation
Mauritius can be fished all year long but the best weather/fishing conditions (wind, water temperature, etc.) can be had between October to April. Target species are the mighty Geant Trevally (up to 100 lbs and more!), blue spotted trevally, thazard, barracuda, yellow-fin tuna and many more.
Fishing can be done within the lagoons or outside the barrier reef on the many rocky outcrops and reef passes. Strong currents, great surf and many baitfishes ensure great fishing adventures.

I brought my fly fishing arsenal with me (8 – 10 – 12 weight rods & reels), floating & intermediate fly lines plenty of backing and my usual set of flashy profiles, clousers, gurgler, etc. all tied on Owner Aki hooks (this is a must if you want to target GT).
Deciding to give 120g poppers a try, Dominique provided me with all the necessary casting rods and reels (Shimano Aspire XH & Saltiga 4500 with 80lbs braid as well as his mighty 4m rods with Penn 345 reels along his large range of lures all equipped with Owners hooks.

The fishing
Thanks to the new addition of a 2nd boat by Dominique, I was able to fish both the east end of the island and the beautiful west end of the Morne. Each area has a different character and always provides a good solution depending on the wind conditions. To my wife’s delight, they picked us up directly at the hotel’s beach, when she decided to join us.

We’ve had a bit of everything, slow days and high days. The highlights have been an incredible take on a popper followed by a 20’ fight where we lost a big fish (estimated a 80 to 100lbs) on the coral despite the bite-off of 360lbs…! 2 nice 10-15 pounders blue-spotted trevallies on a fly out of an incredible sandy island (called flamingo island, a 10 meters wide x 30 meters flat sand dune out in the sea), a 7kg yellow-fin tuna on popper and I lost a huge GT while passing my rod to a friend during the fight! Also we saw the largest GT I ever seen coming to the boat, Dominique estimated it at 200lbs! Smaller trevallies, barracudas, vacquas, etc. made up for the rest.

The fishing itself outside of the reef is not for the faint hearted. When the wind picks up, waves can be truly big (with incredible colors) and action is tough on the body. Fly-fishing along the reefs is a truly unique experience, being so close to the crashing waves, you will get wet and you need to stay cool when the trevally takes you in the backing!

Mauritius is a great destination to combine both great fishing while having a great vacation time with the kids. Additionally, prices are relatively cheap when compared to similar destinations. Dominique is working really hard to get you on good fish and his knowledge (15 years fishing in Mauritius) is as good as his fishing skills. Looking at the guest book, many big GT’s from 60 to 110lbs are caught on regular basis (2-3 per week). But if you truly want to catch these fish, you need to be in top shape. Fly fishing is simply incredible. Give it a try and come back with a smile! I’ll be back!

Tight lines!

01-23-2007, 06:53 AM
Awesome report! THanks and welcome to the forum.