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Top Fishing Charters in Seychelles

Fishing in Seychelles

Adventurous anglers will take great delight in the Seychelles fishing scene. This island nation off the coast of eastern Africa offers some of the finest big game fishing on the planet, 12 months a year. Among the top catches in these waters are Blue and Black Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Giant Trevally, and Bonefish. With 115 granite and coral islands to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start! This quick run-down of the most popular “inner” and “outer islands” should point you in the right direction.

Top Seychelles Fishing Spots

The Main Islands

Many local charter boats operate within the “inner islands” which rest on top of the Seychelles Plateau, where the water averages 50m deep. The plateau is dotted with various reefs and holes which attract baitfish and their predators, such as Tuna, Wahoo, Sailfish, Bonito, and Mahi Mahi. Where the plateau ends, the seafloor drops to 2,000m, giving way to true big game fishing territory.

The main islands in this area are Mahé (the capital), Praslin, and La Digue. These last two islands are especially popular among big game fishermen because of their proximity to the drop off (roughly 12 miles off the coast of La Digue, and 20-30 miles from Praslin). Full day trips (8-10 hours) will take you past the drop off, whereas half day trips (4-5 hours) are all about reaping the rewards within the contours of the plateau. If you’re fishing out of Mahé, you won’t be able to reach the deep sea fishing grounds on a standard full day trip. You will have a wide variety of charter boats to choose from, however, featuring some of the nation’s most luxurious vessels.

Denis and Bird Islands

Denis and Bird Islands are perched on the northern edge of the plateau. As you may have guessed, these tiny specs of land have immediate access to some of the best big game fishing in the area. Naturally, they are the go-to place for trophy-hunting anglers! Set your sights on these northern islands for the biggest Marlina, Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and more.

Alphonse Atoll and Desroches

If light tackle or fly fishing is more your speed, head south to Desroches and Alphonse Atoll. These “outer islands” are known for the best Seychelles fly fishing opportunities, featuring sandy flats and scores of Bonefish, Milkfish, and more. The outer islands also boast some of the area’s finest resorts.

Need to Know

Getting There

Seychelles International Airport is located on Mahé, with direct flights to and from major cities in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. You’ll find regular ferries and flights running between Mahé and other islands in Seychelles, which makes it relatively easy to explore the area. The best time to travel to Seychelles is April-May or October-November, when the weather is pleasant and the safest for travel.

Regulations

Recreational anglers do not need a fishing license in Seychelles. Many Seychelles fishing charters provide essentials like bait and tackle, but you may want to pack your own gear if you plan on using more specialized techniques such as popping or fly fishing.

Charter operators in Seychelles work very hard to protect the local fishery by using sustainable fishing methods as well as tagging and releasing most big game fish that they catch. Many captains insist on the catch and release Billfish in particular, and work very closely with conservation organizations such as the Seychelles Sports Fishing Club to protect and study local fish populations.

Budget

Seychelles fishing charters vary in price depending on where you set sail. Trips to the drop off are the most expensive, mainly to account for fuel costs. For this reason, chartering a boat out of Praslin or La Digue will save you time and money when deep sea fishing.

Half day trips generally cost € 450-750, while full day trips range from € 650-1,500, depending on whether you fish locally or beyond the plateau.

Seychelles Fishing Techniques

Anglers in Seychelles use a variety of techniques, from trolling and bottom fishing (traditionally by handline) to jigging, popping, and fly fishing. Which technique you use will depend largely on the season, since strong winds and changes in water temperature affect the behavior of local fish.

During Seychelles’ southeast monsoon season (from April-September), the weather is dry and windy. This time of year is suitable for very few fishing techniques, and you can expect to spend most of your time trolling for Sailfish, Marlin, and Tuna.

During the northwest monsoon (October-March), the weather is wet but calm. During this season, you’ll have the opportunity to catch a wider variety of fish by trolling, jigging, bottom fishing, and more.

While these seasonal changes lead to distinct peak seasons for certain fish, many species continue biting year-round and you can expect to get hooked almost any time you cast a line in Seychelles!

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Seychelles Fishing Seasons

In January, you can expect some of the heaviest rainfall of the year, accompanied by warm temperatures and relatively calm seas. Anglers on the southern islands should keep an eye out for cyclones.

Seychelles’ wet season continues. Now’s your chance to enjoy smooth sailing and a variety of game fish, from Marlin and Tuna to Snapper, Jobfish, and more.

Marlin and Mahi Mahi are at their peak, as the northwest monsoon season carries on. For some of the year’s best Bonefishing, head to Desroches. 

As the winds begin to change direction, you can enjoy some of the calmest weather of the year. April is a great time to experience the variety in these waters, from tasty reef fish to big game trophies.

It’s dry season in Seychelles, but strong winds can make the journey offshore risky at times. Charter cancellations are higher at this time of year due to the weather. 

When you manage to make it offshore on a relatively calm day, you’ll spend your time trolling for Sailfish, Marlin, and Tuna. Weather conditions usually don’t allow for other fishing techniques during dry season.

Sailfish are at their peak, which makes this a great time to try trolling along the edge of the drop off or inshore along the plateau. Light tackle anglers can enjoy popping for Giant Trevally closer to shore.

Southeast monsoon season continues, with dry, windy days in the forecast for weeks ahead. Weather permitting, you can still score some big game fishing while trolling offshore.

Local weather continues to be the biggest obstacle for anglers in Seychelles, who are eagerly awaiting their chance to head offshore and target a wider variety of fish.

Tired of trolling yet? Then you’ll be glad to know that the seasons are turning and better days are ahead! As calmer weather sets in you’ll be able to try jigging and bottom fishing for some table fare.

November is one of the best times to visit Seychelles, when the weather is fair and you have a chance to catch local fish in a variety of ways–from bottom fishing, jigging, and popping to fly fishing.

Big game fish like Marlin, Tuna, and Mahi Mahi are at their peak in December. Take advantage of the weather and head to the drop off for a hook-up to remember!

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What People Are Saying About Seychelles

"Full day"

Cailene Lourens fished with Gam's Charters - At Last on July 6, 2018

Do some traling and also do bottom fishing for few hours. Bring raincoats along.

"Half day trip with Christian and Daniel"

Chris Pocock fished with Angel Tours Seychelles on May 29, 2018

Relie on the knowledge of your skipper and be reasonable with your expectations dependant on your length of trip ie don’t expect to catch a Marlin on a 3 hour Trip !

"Half day with Billy's charter"

Clayton Acker fished with Billy’s Charter on May 23, 2018

Look closely into the reviews. Ask good questions and know what you are getting into with your guides. Ask what the main species you will be catching are. Might only be one biting at the moment. We really on saw Jack fish and bonito. I think that is about all that is biting at the moment.

"Half day"

Steven Watkins fished with Billy’s Charter on April 23, 2018

Anytime. Great experience. Lovely weather. Good fishing

Top Targeted Species in Seychelles

Sailfish

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Wahoo

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