Seychelles: Cosmoledo Atoll on the Luxurious Lone Star
The most prolific atoll in the Indian Ocean for Giant Trevally!!!
Cosmoledo has become known as one of the best Giant Trevally fisheries in the world and has become the benchmark for anglers searching for an outstanding saltwater flats fishing experience. Bereft of a landing strip or any on island accommodation it has remained pristine to all but the adventurous! In 2015 accommodation options changed from the old Mayang Dugong research vessel to the fully refurbished 85ft catamaran, SY Lone Star, which provides luxurious accommodation for a maximum of 8 anglers fishing on Cosmoledo each week.
Accommodation - The Lone Star
The Lone Star is an 85ft sailing catamaran with a 39ft beam, which makes it one of the largest sailing catamarans in the Seychelles. This luxurious vessel was completely refitted in 2015 and features a host of facilities you wouldn’t normally expect on an outbound trip to Cosmoledo atoll. She is extremely stable, spacious and more importantly has a two-meter draft allowing her to anchor inside the calm waters of the Cosmoledo lagoon.
The Lone Star has five en-suite guest cabins, situated on either side of the saloon relaxing area. All cabins and indoor areas are fully air-conditioned, allowing you a chance to relax in a comfortable environment after a full day fishing on the flats. On the fore deck, she is spacious and boasts two large trampolines as well as numerous sun loungers for relaxing while enjoying a sundowner with a magnificent view of the surroundings. The stern of the vessel has a covered outside dining area with a set of stairs leading down to the water’s edge. This feature also allows for a safe and comfortable transfer from the skiffs to the main vessel.
The crew consists of four Alphonse Fishing Co. Guides, as well as six Lone Star crew who cater for your every need. The chef prepares a mix of Creole and international food and incorporates fresh fish on a daily basis. The Lone Star accommodates up to eight fly fishermen per trip, in either twin or single cabins, making it an extremely comfortable experience.
The Lone Star– Capacity for 8 anglers, 4 guides and a full complement of crew
Tender boats and guiding
The Lone Star has a complement of 4 Mini-Mahe Tender boats that are left anchored at Cosmoledo which will be skippered by experienced guides from the Alphonse Company. There will be a guide and tender for every 2 anglers. All Cosmoledo trips are led by a team of world class professional fly fishing guides who have amassed a very considerable amount of hard–earned experience fishing the waters of the Indian Ocean. Each guide is a qualified skipper, has first aid experience and is extremely experienced with regards all facets of fly fishing in a remote saltwater destination such as that at Cosmoledo. Their passion and dedication is infectious and rest assured they will definitely go the extra mile in search of your fish of a lifetime.
The species and quarry you are likely to catch on Cosmoledo is as wide and varied as any saltwater location but both the numbers you might expect to catch and size of fish are exceptional. On the atoll, specific targets are Bonefish, Triggerfish, Barracuda, and Milkfish. However, there is one fish that stands above the others as the species of choice targeted by anglers: Caranx Ignobilis aka Giant Trevally. Likened to a cross between a Pit Bull Terrier and a Jack Russell and with fish up to 130lbs having been caught on fly, these are an adversary like no other.
The fishing is by no means limited to the atoll. The surrounding waters are equally prolific with everything including Sailfish, Wahoo, Dogtooth Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Barracuda and Bluefin Trevally. These can be teased to the surface on fly-rods and tackled with poppers and lures.
Cosmoledo is a roughly circular lagoon stretching 13 kms running north to south and 18 kms east to west. Vast, wadeable sand flats, dotted with islands of various shapes and sizes, surround the lagoon. During low tide, the flats are devoid of water, but once the tide starts pushing, fish move onto the flats from both the outer ocean and the lagoon. The water flow and tidal movement are considerable at Cosmoledo and is particularly evident between islands, which channel the water flow. This is the chosen hunting ground of trophy Giant Trevally, which feed in this turbulent water while waiting for the flats to fill. These islands are home to a variety of sea birds, including the rare Red-tailed Tropicbird, amongst others. Cosmoledo is also a breeding ground for the Green and Hawksbill Turtle, and it is not uncommon to see the turtle hatchlings digging their way free from their sandy nests and heading for the sea.
Key Fish Species
These are the most sought-after gamefish and hence the primary target of anglers fishing the atolls. They are fearsome predators growing to over 100lbs and will test fly tackle like no other salt-water gamefish. Giant Trevally, or GTs as they are commonly called, venture onto the flats on a pushing-tide, and are the alpha predators of these atolls. They are fearless and ruthless predators and will attack virtually any large baitfish pattern cast in their path. Once hooked, they are a handful on a fly rod and only the strongest rods and reels will subdue these bruisers. Being a resident of the reefs, once hooked, the fish’s initial reaction is to seek refuge in the nearest reef, making them a challenge to land. Consequently, any large fish hooked must be held away from the reefs and coral bommies at all costs. Anglers-wade fish for GTs during the pushing tide, and then fish off the atoll’s numerous islands once the flats are too deep to wade.
Bonefish are common to the extent that they can almost be forgotten! On Cosmoledo specimens up to 16 lbs (32 inches) have been landed. Most fish will average better than 6 lbs and at the eastern point of Wizard Island at Cosmoledo; most Bonefish will run in the 7- 8 lb range. The flats are ideally suited for Bonefish, which feed in large schools. Like many bonefishing destinations around the world, most of the specimen-size bonefish are oceanic and patrol the fringes of the flats in singles and doubles. Anglers who want to target Bonefish specifically can easily take 30 to 40 fish during the day.
Pompano (Indo Pacific Permit)
Almost identical in appearance and nature to the highly regarded Permit, they are an equally challenging quarry on a fly rod. South African anglers have devised a particularly effective Hermit Crab imitations for this fish, the Permit Hermit, which has accounted for many Permit on Cosmoledo, Astove and Alphonse over the years.
Cosmoledo offers great opportunities when it comes to targeting yellowmargin trigger fish. These colourful characters, that grow in excess of 15lbs, have extended anal and dorsal ns that work in conjunction with each other but in different directions, giving them incredible acceleration.
A colourful and energetic feeder that tails when feeding in the shallows, both up on the flats and on the reef edges. Known as a giant, titan or moustache trigger fish, it is the largest of the three species that can be caught at Cosmoledo. The Alphonse guides were the first to develop the flies and techniques to deceive these fish, as well as to introduce trigger fish as a much sought-after trophy for flats fisherman.
Milkfish are algae and weed eaters and until fairly recently were considered virtually impossible to take on a fly. Techniques developed by anglers on Alphonse Island have unlocked the secrets needed to entice Milkfish, to take and they are now targeted almost exclusively by some anglers. Pound for pound Milkfish are considered one of the strongest flats fish, and once hooked, require a boat in order for the angler to stand a chance of landing one of them. Runs of over 200 meters are not uncommon and they often leap clear of the water during the fight.
If you tire of wandering the flats the blue-water fishing for Tuna, Sailfish, Dorado, Marlin etc can also be outstanding.
Typical Cosmoledo Itinerary
Best Time To Go
Cosmoledo is open to anglers from 1 Oct to 31 May each season. This avoids the unstable weather patterns that can be experienced outside of this period. You can have excellent fishing at any stage during the season. Weeks with full or new moons tend to be at a premium as the increase in tidal range and flow of water, in and out of the flats, benefits the GT’s that lie in ambush! When fishing for the flats species the opposite may apply. As conditions will change over the 6 days fishing you should always experience a taste of both and the variety experienced over any week is one of the major attractions when fishing in the Indian Ocean.
Getting to Mahe
Guests must arrive into Mahe one day prior to your trip, arriving on Wednesday, and should depart the following Friday after your trip. This will mitigate against any potential delays which may result in you missing your international flight.
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