Having returned from Germany last week and curious what had happened here meanwhile on the fishing front I extended the antennae right away and learned about some nice catches despite there had not been many trips. Seychelles saw more tourists this July than in previous years but these seemed mostly preseason bargain hunters either unwilling or simply unable to spend money on fishing charters. On top it is the time of strong southeast winds and a swell of 2.5 meters of course lures rather few people out at sea. So there were few trips apart from a handful of private ones but overall these went pretty good. Quite a normal thing for the trolling here around this time of the year as long term readers of these reports already know. It all started on the 4th which is the date of the annual Blue Marlin World Cup fished around the world that day. Here in Seychelles fishing out of Mahe the 9G Sportfishing Team competed raising 3 Blue Marlin and succeeding in one hookup but as that fish was below the tournament minimum weight of 500lb it was eventually tagged and released.
After that it was too rough even for the large boats. But towards the mid of the month the Southeast took the short break we get in most years and the fishing addicts came to life. For a start Team 9G released another Blue Marlin.
Faizal did a private trip with Mike on Alati tallying two Sailfish and a
crazy number of Wahoos. These in the pic are only a few as the rest of the about 40 specimen caught were released. Then the 9G Sportfishing Team tagged and released one more Broadbill. Not huge at around 30kg or so but to see how regularly these are being caught here now during still rather few attempts is impressive and a good indication of the numbers that must be abundant in Seychelles´ waters.
On top they had 4 Sailfish and also here around Praslin these were abundant in good numbers. Greg and Phillip fishing for fun on Pipsqueak had one and also buddy Rob fishing with friends.
A handful other trips of which a few were charters produced a couple more of those while the smaller Gamefish like Dorados and Tuna were cooperative, too. Mervin on the opposite made good use of the rare opportunity the conditions offered to do a bit of popping with guests from Russia. As usually in that little window of calm the GTs
were active and a few decent specimen were caught. After that the wind picked up again and must have exceeded 35 knots at times I was told. Only at the beginning of last week it dropped a bit again and the 9G Sportfishing Team on their big Riviera picked up 45 Yellowfin Tuna in a day. School size fish of up to 20kg or so but the guys should be long on Sashimi for the time being. Here on Praslin meanwhile Simon (Island Rhythm) reported another Marlin. The annual Sailfish Tournament took place out of Mahe this Saturday with 13 boats releasing 18 Sails. The winner had 5 and the runner up 4. Fish of the day though was a massive Yellowfin Tuna of 81.6kg. Would have liked to show you that fish eher but unfortunately could not get hold of a pic. Despite a strong urge I have not yet fished since returning. A very strong current has made the water murky and brought an inexplicable amount of drifting seaweed for this time of the year even into the fully protected bay off my place. Have never before experienced this during the Southeast. Flyfishing thus was impossible even here and on the other more exposed spots it looked even worse. My boat was due for the boatyard already before my absence and has accumulated a few more issues in the meantime. In that state and present sea conditions it would be just mad to go out on it. Will try to fix things well enough in the course of next week as to at least do some light jigging and spinning inside the bay which unfortunately is the maximum I can hope for at the moment.
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