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Seychelles Update, Tam Tam with New Resort 04-15-1999

In our last trip report on the Seychelles, we stated that the Seychelles had "the best bonefishing on the planet Earth". Nothing we have heard from our returning fishermen has done anything to change our mind. One returning angler stated "We have never had a previous fly fishing trip that even came remotely close." We won't go over the details of this fantastic fishery in this report again. If you would like a copy of our last newsletter and our report on the incredible Seychelles, give us a call and we will get one in the mail right away.

What we want to tell you is that the resort being built on Alphonse Island plans to be operational by January 7, 2000. The Tam Tam, the live-aboard catamaran that we are currently booking, will be the concessionaire for the lodge and the same crew will handle the bonefishing operation. The lodge will take bookings for only 10 anglers at a time. No boats, other than those of the concession holder, will be permitted within one kilometer of the atoll. Close monitoring of the fishery will continue to check for degradation. The fishing day will begin at 7:30 A.M. and the trip to St. Francois Island will take approximately 30 minutes aboard the Tam Tam. Anglers will leave the flats at 4:30 P.M. in order to reach Alphonse by 5:00 P.M. Guides will use 18' SeaArk flats boats. Most of the fishing is done while wading on the beautiful and exceptionally firm, white sand flats of the atolls. The Tam Tam will act as a base station during the day.

On average, Seychelles bonefish are very big, averaging 5-7 lbs. Larger fish up to 14 lbs. have been landed and world record fish of 19-20 lbs. have been seen, or hooked and lost, on the outside edges of the atolls. The fish are surprisingly unsophisticated and are not spooked by flies or fishermen. Perhaps this will change, but for now, this is the most beautiful and rewarding bonefishing on the planet. Other species include giant trevally up to 120 lbs., big eye and blue trevally, barracuda up to 75 lbs., and a variety of grouper, triggerfish and sharks. The fishing season runs the first week of September to the first week of June. May and September are windier and more like year-round conditions at Christmas Island.

This is an ideal spot for non-fishing companions who can play tennis or indulge in a variety of water sports including diving at the PADI certified dive center. Beachcombers and sunbathers will enjoy the powder-soft, white sand beaches which surround the atolls. Bicycles will be provided by the resort to explore the island. An old copra plantation has been preserved and can be visited. These islands of Alphonse, St. Francois and Le Bijoutier form one of the most remote and beautiful places on this planet. Combine this beauty with the cutting edge of bonefishing, world-class trevally fishing and a luxurious and well managed resort and you have the raw materials of an exceptional angling experience. We are returning to the Seychelles this October and will be happy to answer any questions regarding the resorts progress upon our return home. Please call us for complete details on this destination. The cost is $4,995.00 for 7 nights/6 days fishing and includes all meals, lodging, fishing and the flight to and from Mahe and the atoll. Single occupancy and non-fishing rates are available. The price does not include alcohol, gratuities or costs incurred while in Mahe.

Written by Scott Heywood



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