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 GT’s 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 GT's 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 GT’s 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. There are outlets at the house.
Guests need to fly into the main island of Mauritius the day before the start of the trip and overnight before the transport vessels depart Port Louis for a approximately 26-hour ride to Raphael Island, St Brandon’s. (The transfer is fully explained in our information packet.) The sport fishers will depart Port Louis at approximately 10:00 a.m. on the start day of the trip and will arrive at Ilse De Sud (South Island) at about 10:00 a.m. the following morning. A further two hours of flat water cruising in the lee of the atoll will see the boats arrive at Raphael Island.
2017 - 2018 Rates:
Maximum of 8-guests per week
10-nights and 7-days guided fishing
Roundtrip transport between St. Brandon’s and Mauritius on 50-foot sport fisher, 8-nights of accommodations and meals at the Raphael Island guesthouse (based on two guests sharing a room), 7-days fully guided fishing (two anglers per boat and guide), fishing licenses, use of tender 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, or flies, or anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Friday: Arrive on Mauritius and stay overnight in Port Louis.
Saturday: Depart in the morning from Port Louis, Mauritius, aboard the transfer boats.
Sunday: Arrive on Raphael Island. If time allows after lunch, fish unguided throughout the afternoon.
Monday - Saturday: Full days of guided fishing.
Sunday: The boats will depart Raphael Island mid-morning after guests have had breakfast, packed up, and settled any bills.
Monday: 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.