PINKY & THE BRAIN

When the Fly Fishing Nation crew went on an extended trip of Cosmoledo, Alphonse and Farquhar in the Seychelles, we knew they were literally in for the mission of their lives. We also knew it would be impossible to get one of them to sum it all up in a single story. So for this [...]

SURF & TURF

Marina Gibson’s highlights from Fly Fishing Nation's three-week trip to the Seychelles with Alphonse Fishing Company are divided between those on land and those in the water.   THE FISHING This was the most insane trip I have ever done in my life so the fishing highlights were numerous. I caught my first GT in [...]

THE TALE OF TUNA

A couple of weeks ago someone WhatsApped me a video that was doing the rounds on social media. It was of a 20-odd kilo tuna caught by the Bartho brothers on the KwaZulu-Natal coast in South Africa. In the video they suggest that the fish is a southern bluefin tuna (SBT) Thunnus maccoyii. Several SBT [...]

SCIENCE BRO: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN AN ESTUARY IS BREACHED?

No, the fish don’t all leave en masse! We’ve all seen those distributing social media clips of people cast-netting for kob and garrick as they attempt to exit recently opened estuary mouths. But what really happens to the fish that have been trapped in those closed systems? “Some 70% of South African estuaries are classified [...]

ALEX’S GOODIE

For Paulo Hoffmann, getting to grips with GTs for the first time at Cosmo was a baptism of fire. Fortunately, he was in good hands. “Paulo, I’ve got a goodie for you.” That’s what Cosmoledo guide Alex Quatre said when the fish we had been waiting for made an appearance. A well-known figure to most [...]

PACKING FOR POIVRE

Based in Namibia, but just as likely to be found in the jungles of Bolivia, running down roosters in Mexico or stalking the Seychelles atolls, Christiaan Pretorius travels a lot and, as such, has his trip preparation down to a fine art. Here’s what he packs for the plentiful permit flats of Poivre.   "Fly [...]

BEHIND THE COVER: ISSUE 27 – FLOAT TUBE KOB BY SACHA SPECKER

Way back in 2016 Sacha Specker had a rather too-close encounter with a Great White shark while surfing off Noordhoek on the Cape Peninsula. Last month he dangled his feet off Strand for The Mission to shoot the cover with float tube kob maestro Conrad Botes. ‘Spex’ – as he is affectionately known in the [...]

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