If you have been searching for the most remote, off-the-grid, untouched flats fishery on the planet, then St. Brandon’s Atoll may be the destination for you. Hard to reach and far from anything, we are very direct in saying that this is not a trip for just anyone.
By far one of the most remote and undisturbed saltwater flats fisheries on the planet, St. Brandon’s Atoll (also known as the Cargados Carajos Shoals) is a small Indian Ocean outcropping comprised of over 50 small islands, numerous coral ridges and vast sand flats divided by three major passes (channels). Situated 268 nautical miles northeast of the main island of Mauritius, this area is rich in fish stocks, flora and fauna. The magnificent condition of the shallow coral reefs and the lobster-infested outer reefs is proof that other than a handful of Creole native fishermen who seasonally live on Raphael Island in the north, this area has had very little human interference on any level. The flats fishing for trophy bonefish, Indo-Pacific permit, massive Giant Trevally and a variety of other species in the waters of St. Brandon’s is simply world class.
In the past, St. Brandon’s Atoll was a large, volcanic island. Over time, however, the island eroded until it became submerged leaving a small, shallow coral atoll behind. Today, the atoll and its many coral and sand ridges are completely surrounded by a huge network of endless, pristine and totally wadeable flats. These pure white sand flats and broken coral islands are infested with large, naive bonefish - many of which run well into the double-digits in size. This is hands-down the most spectacular bonefishing on the planet, and over the past several seasons, anglers have landed bonefish of up to 15 pounds. St. Brandon’s is also home to the most productive Indo-Pacific permit fishery in the region, as well as Giant Trevally fishing that is incredibly varied. While St. Brandon’s is not necessarily a destination where anglers can expect shots at trophy GT’s every day of the trip, it is certainly the place to break the 100 cm mark on a true trophy. The GT’s are large, and you can expect to catch more Geets that measure over a meter than under.
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