Christmas Island Fishing Lodge
Christmas Island is one of the most unique angling destinations on Earth. A fly fisherman’s paradise, Christmas Island’s shallow water flats are teeming with bonefish, trevally, triggerfish, and numerous other game fish. Vast swathes of flats make it Bonefish heaven and for those who want a good shot at GT’s, without an exorbitant ‘Seychelles’ price-tag…look no further.
It is important to note that Christmas Island is definitely not another Tahiti or Hawaii where you can go to relax and have nothing to worry about. It has few visitors, and they have to be prepared to “rough it.” That said, there aren’t many countries where the people are friendlier.
Christmas Island is a giant atoll that sits 1,300 miles south of Hawaii and 100 miles north of the Equator. The consistent weather allows anglers a year round opportunity to fish miles and miles of wade-able sand and coral flats.
Species include bonefish; trigger fish; trevally; tuna; sweetlips; red bass and snappers. Bluefin trevally, bar jacks (trevally), and golden trevally are all found on the flats, as well.
However, bonefish are the target species, and they average two to three pounds. Christmas Island offers arguably the best fishing for bonefish in the world.
The main attraction for many of the anglers that travel to Christmas Island is the giant trevally. The presence and availability of giant trevally for the flats fishing angler makes this fly fishing destination special. The guides know where to find feeding trevally on the flats, and, a well-placed fly will get it done most of the time.
|When to Go||
The consistent weather of Christmas Island allows anglers a year round opportunity to fish miles and miles of wade-able sand and coral flats. The best fishing is generally considered January through mid-April, but Fall is often overlooked.
As the summer months come to a close, September starts to cool off and weather patterns become more consistent allowing feeding patterns of bonefish, giant trevally, and other species to become more predictable as a result of cooler water temperatures.
|The Fishing Lodge||
Located on a beautiful white sand beach, your bungalow is nestled among the palm trees overlooking the ever-changing aqua colored waters of the atoll’s lagoon. It is only a short 10-minute boat ride to several large, shallow easily-waded flats teeming with bonefish.
The bungalow has six double twin-bed bungalows, comfortably accommodating 10 – 12 anglers at a time. There is a private bathroom with shower in each room and a porch with views of the lagoon. There is also a mini-refrigerator in each room.
Breakfasts and dinners are served in the dining room. You make and pack your lunch each day from the choices on a small sandwich buffet and it will be put in the coolers assigned to your skiff. We have liquor, wines, beer, soft drinks and bottled water that will be charged to your bill and your tab is payable at the end of your stay. If you require special dietary meals, please let us know in advance of your trip.
The head guide will schedule the daily fishing, according to the tide, water, sun position and weather conditions. A 3 to 5 minute truck ride will get you to the docks in London and your skiff. A short boat ride brings you to some of the best bonefish flats. Christmas Island offers the largest white coral and sand flats on Earth.
In most cases a guide will assist each angler. All of the bone fishing will be by wading and the flats will vary from 6 inches to 3 feet deep. The guides will select flats according to the wind and sun position, whenever possible, in the anglers favor. The guides and the anglers will always be in sight of one another for safety on the flats. Both Boatmen and guides have VHF radios for safety and convenience. The boatman moves the skiff to follow the anglers and guides, so you’ll be within easy walking distance from your skiff if you want to get to your tackle, food, snacks or water.
Fiji Air flies every Tuesday between Honolulu and Christmas Island. You cross the date line, so you leave on Tuesday and arrive 3 hours later on Wednesday.
Bonefish, Giant Trevally, Sea Bass, Snapper, Sweetlips, Triggerfish, Tuna