Northeast of the island of Mauritius, lies a seldom visited atoll that may be is the greatest bonefishing destination in the world. St. Brandon’s atoll is a w fisherman’s paradise with hard sand flats and large numbers of huge bonefish. Anglers will also encounter Indo-Pacific Permit and various Trevally species including the GT. The only way to access St. Brandon’s is with the guides of the MV Gryphon wich is a luxurious 100 ft live-aboard.
Price per person starts at $ 6200,- for 6 days fishing, accommodation, guide, meals, drinks, transfers
If wading and sight casting to double digit Bonefish Indo-Pacific Permit and many of Trevally species on powder white sand flats in the Indian Ocean is your thing, then look no further… St Brandon’s Atoll is the destination for you!
St Brandon’s Atoll is a group of over 50 small islands, coral ridges and vast sand flats which is cut by three major passes and extends 50 km from north to south. Situated 268 seamiles north-east of Mauritius’s main island this area is rich in fish stocks, flora and fauna. The flats fishing for Bonefish, Indo-Pacific Permit and Trevally species is world class! For many years foreigners were banned from visiting her shores, but thankfully the goverment of Mauritius legally allow to use the luxurious MY Gryphon for live aboard trips to St Brandon’s Atoll.
This most certainly is be the most spectacular bonefishing you will ever encounter as on most tides anglers can expect to see shoals of these shallow water speedsters as well as enormous singles and doubles. Over the past season we have landed Bonefish of up to 87cm fork length and weighing 15lbs.
St Brandon’s is also the most productive Indo-Pacific Permit fishery any of us have witnessed. When specifically targeting these fish, guests are afforded multiple shots per day. Over the past season our guides have refined their tactics for the Permit of St Brandon’s.
The GT fishing can be quite varied. Some days you can see over 100 fish and at other times none at all. St Brandon’s isn’t a place where you are going to get shots at GT’s everyday but it is certainly the place to break the 100 cm mark. The fish are all large and you catch more over a meter than under. We have in fact seen and hooked fish well over the 150cm. Large Bluefin Trevally are also around and we have caught some truly world class specimens, some of which would have weighed over 20lbs.
Other notable fish species one can encounter on the flats include Golden, Yellow Dot and Green Spot Trevally.
The Gryphon Mothership is 96 ft motor yacht which is based out of Port Louis and boasts a top speed of 13 knots, has stabilizers, a large indoor and outdoor living area as well as a fully rigged game fishing aft deck. Boasting a 23ft beam and a 7,5ft draft she can accommodate up to 8 fly fishermen, as well as a crew and guides. She is very comfortable and the perfect base with which to explore St Brandon’s in luxury.
All meals are served in the dining room with the chef preparing a mix of Creole and international food. All mineral water, soft drinks and local beers are included in the price which has been quoted.
There are 12 daily international flights into Mauritius and the airport is 45minutes away from Port Louis, which is the capital. Once everyone has settled into their cabins, the fully rigged and stocked Gryphon departs in a north-easterly direction along the Mascarene ridge on a 24 hour motor for St Brandon.