St. Brandon's Atoll
St Brandon’s is a group of over 50 small islands, coral ridges and vast sand flats, in the remote Indian Ocean. Situated 268 nautical miles northeast of Mauritius’s main island this area is rich in fish, flora and fauna. This magical atoll has quickly risen to iconic status for its world-class saltwater fly-fishing.
Fly Fishing St. Brandon's Atoll
St. Brandon’s offers spectacular bonefishing. Over the past few seasons, anglers have landed bonefish up to 34-inches and weighing 15-pounds. The hard-white sand, turtle grass, and coral flats of St Brandon’s make for easy wading,
separating it from other destinations in the world. Most of the fishing is done while wading.
This isn’t a place where anglers are going to get shots at golden trevally every day, but it is certainly the place to catch more that measure over three feet in length than under. They have seen and hooked GTs well over 60-inches. Large bluefin trevally are also around in good numbers, and they frequently land fish between 15-and 20-pounds. St. Brandon’s is also the most productive Indo-Pacific permit fishery in the Indian Ocean. Other notable fish species one can encounter on the flats include golden, yellow dot, and green spot trevally.
The fishing season: Peak season months are September through December and April through June.
Professional, English-speaking guides. Two anglers per guide. They recommend that you be in fairly good shape. You’ll be far from shore and away from any medical assistance, if needed, and you will need sufficient stamina to wade in the water throughout each day fishing the flats.
Boats: 18-foot Mauritian-built clinker boats are equipped with two 25-h.p. Yamaha engines. They are used 95% of the time to transport anglers to flats where they will wade fish. Only when anglers want to fish in deeper waters holding GTs will you cast from the boats.
About St. Brandon's Lodging
St. Brandon's now has land-based lodging. A simple, yet comfortable guesthouse on the northern part of Raphael Island. The house has four bedrooms with basic amentities.
Anglers share two bathrooms with shower, basin and toilet. There is an easy wading flat just yards from the guesthouse.
Meals: They serve a mix of international and Mauritian cuisine. Dinners consist of grilled fish and chicken, also possibly a chicken or seafood curry, or an evening or two will feature steak.
The island has a fixed unit satellite phone which guests can use at their own cost. Bill must be paid before leaving the atoll. Generator-run electricity is used when the anglers are at the house. Plus, there are outlets at the house for charging camera batteries.
Guests need to fly into the main island of Mauritius (Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport) the day before the start of the trip and overnight. They recommend Le Suffren Hotel as it is located in the same harbor as the transport boats. The ground transfer to the hotel and the hotel stay are not included in the package. The following morning at 10:00 a.m., you''ll depart on a 50-foot Sport Fisher transfer vessel for Port Louis for a approximately 26-hour ride to Raphael Island, St Brandon’s. You'll arrive at Ilse De Sud (South Island) at about 10:00 a.m. the following morning. After two hours of flatwater cruising in the lee of the Atoll, you'll reach your destination of Raphael Island.
Maximum of 8-guests per week
10-nights and 7-days guided fishing
Roundtrip transport between St. Brandon’s and Mauritius on a 50’ sport fisher, 8-nights of double-occupancy accommodations and meals at the Raphael Island guesthouse, 7-days fully guided fishing—two anglers per boat and guide, fishing licenses, use of boats and fuel, soft drinks, water, and local beers.
Packages do not include:
Airfare, ground transfers on Mauritius, meals and accommodations in Port Louis or any other en route city, spirits, wine, items of a personal nature, gratuities for guides and boat staff, travel and medical insurance (medevac insurance is mandatory), tackle, flies, or anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Friday: Arrive on Mauritius and stay overnight in Port Louis.
Saturday: In the morning you'll board the transfer boats and depart from Port Louis, Mauritius.
Sunday: You'll arrive on Raphael Island. If time allows after lunch, you'll fish unguided throughout the afternoon.
Monday - Saturday: Full days of guided fishing.
Sunday: After breakfast, you'll pack up and settle your tab. Mid-morning, the boats depart Raphael Island.
Monday: You'll arrive in Port Louis, Mauritius, around midday. Although every effort is made to stick to this schedule, weather and other factors associated with remote locations of this nature can affect timing.