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: Seychelles photos & report


Vince
04-09-2008, 04:41 PM
Just got back from the Seychelles!

4 flights, 18 1/2 hours aboard airplanes, luckily not so bad airline food, several time zones and over the Atlantic ocean, Mediterranean sea, red sea and finally into the Indian ocean, and we were in paradise- living aboard a 70+ foot catamaran moored on a remote atoll in the middle of nowhere. One of my dreams- to be in a remote paradise, living on the water, surrounded by fish day and night. We had finally arrived.
The question I had been asking myself for months and more recently while enduring the long flights, was is it worth it? Is all of the travel and expense of the trip worth it. I had been dreaming of going to the Seychelles for over five years ever since reading about it in a fly fishing mag.
Living board the Illusions was awesome- we were always on the water. Our group of nine consisted of six Americans & three South Africans. Mike and Sue Hoey from California, Myself, Dr. Steve Pericak & Rufus Williams from the east coast, and Leigh Pedersen, Graeme Field and Jeremy ? from South Africa. It was a good group and we all got along well, sharing stories and cocktails at the end of each day. It was a meticulously maintained ship and was super comfortable. Chris and Des, the owners, took great care of us-thanks guys!
Short rides to the cuts and flats and we fished off of the boat a couple evenings also, where we caught a small shark, spangled emperors and hooked a large GT. One of the evening highlights was feeding the 25-65 lb GTs that hung by our boat at various anchorages on the atoll. They devoured our left over fish and meat and would take the fish carcass right from Captain Chris's hand!
Fishing was varied. There were plenty on bonefish which averaged 4 lbs. We also had several shots at permit up to 15 lbs, landing two smaller specimens.
The bones and permit were found inside the atoll on the hard sand flats. We also found some cruising GTs in these areas. Bones were big and reliable. Several 8+ lb fish landed. Permit, triggerfish, grouper, spangled emperor fish, Giant trevally & bluefin trevally were all in the mix. As well as many 30+ lb bumphead parrotfish hooked but only one landed and photographed.
The outer areas of the atoll were more rugged. Turtle grass flats with deeper sand holes interspersed abutted the surf and this is where the greatest variety of fish were found. Triggerfish, bones, spangled emperors, bumphead parrotfish, blue fin and giant trevally, and many other exotic species, roamed these areas. This is where the best GT fishing was found often in waist deep water with waves crashing into your chest. The GTs liked large streamers and large stripping crabs like merkins. These should be tied on either owner aki or gamakatsu SL12 hooks.
Hunting GTs was exhilarating but not for beginners. The better and faster you could cast a 12 wt-while wading waist deep with waves breaking on your chest-the better your odds of hooking up. To catch these fish on the flats or in the cuts and holes adjacent to the flats is incredible. Talk about a rush when you spot a 25+ lb fish coming at you, cast to him and watch him charge your fly and engulf it and then its chaos as he runs like a torpedo pulling line. We used commitment rigs for the GTs. A straight six foot piece of 80-100 lb flouro. This will test your knots and gear to the fullest. Its what the most experienced Seychelles guides use. Amazingly I only lost one fly line and that was because my fish ran along some coral and cut about 80' of my line off.
Two broken rods and two lost lines was our tally for the trip. Not bad.
It was an adventure I will not soon forget. Was it worth it--hell yes!

http://www.hxcms.com/media/view.aspx?FID=2752
for some reason the pics will not show.

But they are at this link on my website:
http://www.cattarauguscreekoutfitters.com/seychelles2008.aspx

Jim Miller
04-09-2008, 05:06 PM
Vince
WOW!!!!!!!! :eek:
That looks fantastic ...... I Want to GO!
Did you guys live on the boat the whole trip or was there shoreside lodging also?
Thanks for posting :D

So now you are off to Eleuthera? ...... Man you are living well! :) :)

Vince
04-09-2008, 05:47 PM
On the boat the whole time, excpet for overnights in Paris and Mahe. It's great being on the water always.

Trevor B
04-09-2008, 06:38 PM
Terrific report , for sure sounds like a trip of a life time.
I guess that's question we all ask when we are on such trips is it worth it, I know I did traveling from East coast Canada to Christmas island, over 16 hours of flying and many more waiting at airports aside from the 4 hours drive to get to the airport in the first place, like you said "Is it worth it ? Hell yes ! "
The pictures are just awsum ! I think I 'd like to try that as well ! :)

petevicar
04-10-2008, 12:43 AM
Great report Vince.

Where were you fishing?
Csmeledo?

Many people do not realize that the Seychelles is a group of islands that are really spread out and in some cases over 700 miles apart.

Great pics on your web site.

Vince
04-10-2008, 04:19 AM
Farquhar atoll.

thanks!

doctorsteve
04-16-2008, 12:31 PM
Yeah, Farquhar's ok if you like catching lots of big bones and GT's and having shots at Triggers and monster Parrot fish. But c'mon, how much fun could that possibly be? I mean you hook one GT and you need another vacation to recover...:)