The Tug Is The Drug
Just wondering if anyone has checked this epic location off the bucket list..?
Nope but I have found myself quite regretfully fishing Purty good SRC beach twice in the last month, including in the snow last weekend. A couple of 13 inch cutties, in the snow, while being watched by the lady in the apartment overlooking the beach getting blitzed at 10 am = epic in my book.Just wondering if anyone has checked this epic location off the bucket list..?
Nope but I have found myself quite regretfully fishing Purty good SRC beach twice in the last month, including in the snow last weekend. A couple of 13 inch cutties, in the snow, while being watched by the lady in the apartment overlooking the beach getting blitzed at 10 am = epic in my book.
Almost everybody you are going to interact with on Mahe speaks English. Zero need to know any French.It would be smart to gain experience fishing the flats at cheaper destinations before paying up to fish the much more expensive Seychelles atolls. I couldn't imagine going there without having plenty of knowledge about the fish species, gear preparation, effective flies, and ability to spot and recognize fish. Learning a little French wouldn't be a bad idea either for sending time on the mother island.
I've been to Mahe before, but not for fishing. You've got me intrigued. Do they leave out of Victoria? How far out to they go? I remember that it is beautiful, but the humidity took a bit of getting used to. I'm interested in what your experience was like.I was in Farquhar.
It is very tiring but the adrenalin keeps you going. It’s the heat that wears you out. For me, first few days were spent getting used to the heat and casting 12 Wt., since 10 Wt. was the heaviest, I had fished prior to this trip.
We fished from the boat and did the flats wading, but you can choose how you want to fish.
Obviously, the guides know better but they were always willing to accommodate your needs.
For us, the day started at 7:30 AM and ended sat 4:30 PM. Each 16’ boat had one guide and 2 fishermen.
Depending on the tide we would either go out and dredge for Tuna, Sailfish etc. or wade along the edges for the tide change looking for GT’s. or targeting Bonefish.
By far, the groupers were the easiest to get followed by the GT’s and Bonefish. The Milkfish, Bump heads and the triggers were a lot harder and did not get any, although some of the other more accomplished anglers in the group were able to get a few.
It was a memorable trip and definitely worth it if you can make it happen.
From Seattle, it is a direct flight to Dubai (14.5 hrs.) than 4.5 hours from Dubai to Mahe.
From Mahe to any of the Atolls is another 2-hour flight regulated by the IDC.
Like most places, you can visit for cheap or go all out and stay in 5-star resorts; Mahe has affordable places along with the resorts costing as much as the fishing trip.
Almost all of the trips are 10 days. This includes 2 travel days and 7 days on the island.
If you have the chance, it is definitely worth it, especially right now with the economy the way it is and the Seychellois rupee being down and no tourism for the past year.
I am planning on doing St. Brandon’s next year; put the down payment now and the trip is costing me $4,000 less that pre pandemic so well worth it and only costing a few dollars more than a guided trip to Bahamas.
If you want info for gear, clothing where to stay etc. let me know.
I would suggest anyone who is interested or planning on doing this to go out and buy Peter Mc Leods book, A fly Fishers guide to Giant Trevally, he is spot on.