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a bully prowls the flats
The Seychelles Islands sit like jewels under the equatorial sun of the
Indian Ocean. With the recent opening of the spectacular Alphonse Island Resort, the traveling angler now has easy access to the fantastic fishery surrounding the Alphonse Group in the central portion of the Seychelles.
Bonefishing is the main fly rod game on Alphonse and it’s neighbor, St. Francois. However, there is also a bully prowling the crystal clear waters that surround these lovely islands. This bruiser is known to saltwater aficionados as simply GT... and Mr. GT was made for a fly rod.
The giant trevally, Caranx ignobilis, is a menacing fish. Make no mistake, they are at the top of the aquatic food chain. One encounter with these beasts and you’ll know why. They don’t just eat a fly; they attack it with an intensity that may be unique in the angling world. Last year, we videotaped one
aggressive trevally turn his thick body parallel to the sandy bottom, then fight his way up onto the dry beach to capture an escaping fly. Only the surge of the surf allowed this amazing fish to turn around and make off with the fly in tow. We lost this thirty-pound fish when the tippet section parted on a coral head, but the memory remains firm. For shear excitement nothing matches the focused strike of a GT!
For top water enthusiasts, the take of the GT is heart stopping. One minute you’re stripping your fly, the next your popper explodes between two coal-black eyes. The best way to fish for trevally is to wade the flats at higher tide stages. The trevally often cruise the flats and prowl the edges hunting for the weak and the incautious.  Sometimes GT hunt in packs and upon sighting your fly, will break at lightening speed towards your offering. Here winner takes all, and the commotion is spectacular. Incredibly, often other trevally will follow a hooked fish and nip at the fly hanging out the side of its mouth. 
In addition, trevally like to patrol the edges of the reef at dead low tide, looking for access to the flats or an easy meal. Landing a GT in these circumstances can be very difficult. Submerged reefs provide a safe haven for hooked trevally.  Sharp edges and strong fish test tippets and fly lines.  Breakoffs are common and frustrating. 
If you’re interested in taking a shot at giant trevally, Alphonse Island
Resort is one of the best spots in the world. As a bonus, there are thousands of cooperative bonefish in the neighborhood for those “down” times when no trevally are around.  Call us for more details or visit our “new” website at and see some great photos of the magnificent Seychelles.