The quest for the most challenging fish on the planet.
By Cpt Jack Films. Written by Jako Lucas
Nearly three hundred miles southeast of Mahé, Seychelles lies far-flung Alphonse Island and adjacent to it, St. François Lagoon. This is remote, even for the Indian Ocean. Alphonse, one of the famed saltwater destinations of the planet, is by most accounts home to the most prolific bonefish fishery in the world.
In addition to abundant bonefish (ranging in size from 3 to 8 pounds) there are three species of triggerfish, five species of trevally and a plethora of other flats and offshore species. Perhaps the most challenging fish to catch is the fabled milkfish, a turbo-charged algae eater growing to 40 pounds. It is therefore no surprise that the Alphonse Guide Team have not only caught these amazing and very secretive fish, but also pioneered the techniques which have allowed these vegetarian and notoriously difficult fish to be caught. It’s hard to accurately describe the sheer speed, breathtaking acrobatics and technical prowess needed to convert a fly cast to a connection with this greatly unknown species. So, our team traveled to this remote location and filmed it. This short film will play in the 2016 Fly Fishing Film Tour and will mark the first time the milkfish is featured in this capacity on the big screen.
What criteria indicate the best saltwater destination on the planet? Variety of species? Remoteness? Stunning landscapes and natural, untouched ecosystems? Yes, all of the above. While the very best saltwater destination is debatable, the footage in this production speaks for itself. From giant trevally crushing flies in the shallows, to capturing the process of landing the acrobatic milkfish – this production will leave crowds on the edge of their seats – and thirsty for more footage. Just the way we like it.