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Everything that you need to know about fishing in Seychelles.

Fishing in Seychelles, it would appear, was deliberately designed for all levels of fishermen.

With most islands lying outside the cyclone belt, Seychelles fishing is year round in over 1.4 million km² of fish-rich waters that surrounds the 115 sparkling and diverse isles of the archipelago. With such diversity and choice in fishing locations, your Seychelles fishing experience promises you excitement and the possibility of landing your dream catch.

International sport fishermen and recreational fishermen enthusiastically return each year to fish Seychelles - waters that already boast world records for striped bonito, bonefish, giant guitarfish, bigeye trevally, bluefin trevally, giant trevally, moustache grouper, humphead maori wrasse and dogtooth tuna. You do not have to venture far from a Seychelles beach to break fishing records in the archipelago.

Some of the richest fishing grounds in the world are to be found around Seychelles. The abundance of wahoo, sailfish, dorado, tuna, rainbow runner and trophies such as marlin, make for an unforgettable big-game fishing experience for both the seasoned and novice fisherman alike.

Traditional bottom-fishing produces a dazzling array of grouper, job fish, snappers and emperors, rewarding you with some of the finest tasting fish on offer anywhere in the world.

Seychelles has become the epicenter of salt-water fly-fishing and casting your fly lines on the magnificent shallow flats of the Outer Islands will afford you the chance of landing several energetic silver bonefish to challenge the record books. Blue-water fly-fishing is also becoming increasingly popular, providing the ultimate challenge of landing large pelagic fish on relatively light tackle.

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Seychelles Fishing Tips

While you are free to fish in most areas of Seychelles' waters at will, there are a few limitations which are often meant to help preserve the unique and fragile environment so that all can enjoy it today and in the years to come. In the Inner Islands, fishing is prohibited within the boundaries of the Curieuse, Ile Cocos, Port Launay/Baie Ternay and Ste. Anne Marine National Parks. To ensure that the law is upheld, these areas are patrolled by park rangers. In addition, no fishing is permitted within 200 metres from Aride Island Nature Reserve beach.

Some specific regions of the Outer Islands are also restricted for both commercial and sport fishing. For instance, no fishing can be undertaken by any fishing trip operator or vessel within 20 nautical miles of Alphonse Island, other than the operator currently based on and organizing fishing trips from Alphonse Island itself. Similarly, no fishing is allowed around the island of Aldabra which is one of Seychelles' two World Heritage sites.

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Seychelles Fishing Seasons

In Seychelles, fishing can be enjoyed on very much a year-round basis that is divided into specific seasons, each one suited to a specific type of fishing and each one full of promise for the expert fisherman and novice alike.

For instance, big-game fishing is an all year-round activity, whereas the months of November to May are more appropriate for bottom-fishing and fly-fishing.

Throughout Seychelles the ocean is subject to currents with speeds of 0.5 up to 1.5 knots that develop with the trade winds. There are two opposing wind patterns in Seychelles, blowing seasonally either north-westerly (December to March) or south-easterly (May to September).

The north-westerly trades often have intermittent rain squalls and stronger winds during the period December to March. These are sometimes associated with the presence of tropical cyclones over the south-west Indian Ocean. Luckily, however, all of Seychelles' islands lie well outside the cyclone belt, with the exception of the most southerly outer islands.

The south-easterly trades are drier and tend to blow more consistently throughout the day and into the night, reaching its peak in July/August.

In the months of April and November there are calm and sometimes windless periods when the trade winds change direction. These light and variable wind periods are accompanied by calm seas and clear waters.

The effects of the tides are more noticeable within the Inner Islands than the ocean currents and are generally less than a knot, increasing to up to 2 knots in channels between islands or close to underwater ridges.

Tides are semi-diurnal and asymmetrical with about 6 hours between high tide and low tide. The tidal range around the Inner Islands can get as high as 2 metres at spring tides and as low as 0.9 metres at neaps. Tides give rise to currents that can be strong in the channels leading to lagoons, which may empty completely at low tide.

Swells are generally moderate with waves of up to 1 to 2 metres becoming higher only in strong winds on open water.

Currents and upwelling around the Amirantes Bank often cause choppy conditions in a small area.

Weather forecasts are available by calling Seychelles Radio (Coast Station) on VHF channel 16 and normally switching up to channel 26. Boats may also place a radio link call via Seychelles Radio.

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Equipment Rental & Purchase

One of the advantages of fishing in Seychelles is that no fishing license is required for recreational fishing.

While there are a few retail outlets that cater for the basic needs of the fishermen, visiting fishermen should bear in mind that local fishing tackle shops may not be as common as they may be used to back home and may not stock favorite items or brands. In order to avoid disappointment, it is advisable to bring along an adequate supply of tackle as there are no specialized fishing equipment hire or servicing establishments.

Nevertheless, each charter operator will cater for their individual fishing charter. We advise professional fishermen to check equipment availability with their fishing trip operator prior to booking.

Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles offers a free sporting equipment allowance of 10kg, which applies to diving, golf, fishing and surfing equipment. The equipment is weighed separately and if the weight is less than 10kg no supplement will be payable. If the weight exceeds 10kg, the equipment is added with the other checked luggage and any excess weight above the specified baggage allowance will be payable. To profit from the sporting equipment allowance on connecting flights to Praslin, visitors must travel exclusively with Air Seychelles and the Praslin sector must be reproduced on the same ticket as your international sector

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Words courtesy of Seychelles Tourist Board