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Hosted GT Fly Fishing Christmas Island
The simple answer is I love them all, however one always stands out for some reason and this is just one such tour and in fact I would probably hold it at the top of my top ten list of destinations. Why? It is not the easiest place in the world to get to, there is nothing else to do but fish, the accommodation is basic, but to me that is the whole point.
My previous trips have only added to my love and passion for this destination, for on previous trips fishing very hard and only targeting GT’s I managed to land over 36 fish with the biggest touching 106lb all on the fly (fishing does not get much better than this believe me) It is defiantly not a destination for the faint hearted as on this trip I broke 1 12£ rod and lost over 10 fly lines.
Just when you think things could not get any better, they do. For I am pleased to announce we have just finalised an agreement with a brand new lodge on the island. Not only will we now be able to offer accommodation with hot showers and air conditioning, but also with superior food. Plus our new operation operates fiberglass boats of two different sizes; the smallest are ideal for fishing in and around the lagoon or for local offshore fishing. The larger boats with 160hp outboards have now opened up a new world, water that was only accessible by truck and then fishing from the shore all around the island is now available from boats. This allows us to offer our customers access to water that some of the other lodges can only dream of reaching.
Another important development is with boats that can now reach further afield is the introduction of proper VHF radios that are always in contact with the base station at the main camp.
Currently the camp has 10 air-conditioned rooms. There’s no need to travel each morning to the boats as all our boats will pick you up from the beach directly behind the accommodation.
We have seen other operators in the UK now trying to promote another lodge on the island, please do not confuse the two operations there is NO comparison. We do not use false economy to try and promote this destination; all our trips are based on 2 anglers per boat EVERY day with one guide. Competitors are offering 4 anglers to one boat with 2 guides, this means that 2 anglers and 1 guide will be dropped off on a flat to fish while the other move to a different area. What if you want to move again (Which you need to do), what if someone has had enough or worse gets sick? They also offer areas accessed by 4 wheel drive, these are unless you want to just chase small Bonefish second rate areas. We believe what is the point travelling around the world and then trying to save a few pounds, when it will effectively half your efficiency while fishing?
There are two main ways for fishing for the GT's. First is using large surface poppers 8" to 10" with stepped up rods and big fixed spool reels. This is hard work but either fishing from the shore casting out over the reef or on days when you are out on the boat, fishing sunken reefs produces fantastic results. On our very first trip 8 years ago, we set some new lodge records with up to 18 GT's from a boat in a day. A total of 106 GT's in the week with 4 fish over 100lb the biggest around 125lb, but that's not all, on days from the boat customers also had Yellowfin Tuna to 120lb, Sailfish and Wahoo all on surface poppers.
The second way is to fly fish for them. This can be achieved either by fishing from the boat close to the shore casting surface fly poppers and double hand stripping them back as the GT's like a lot of noise and poppers that move very fast. You can also use a lure rod without hooks and try to switch and tease the GT's out of the reefs. The other method is to fish inshore with over 250 miles of saltwater flats, lagoons and channel's. Fishing will be done while wading and entails sight casting to visible fish in shallow water. For anglers keen on the challenge of Trevally, (Giant, Golden, Blue Fin, and Striped) our guides are highly skilled and passionate in their pursuit. While a somewhat higher stakes game than Bone fishing or lure fishing, the results are often spectacular!
Peter Collingsworth Operations Director
Satwater Fly Fishing, Popper Fishing, Trolling
SPECIES TO CATCH
Season: All Year
Peak: Oct to Feb
Weight: 1lb to 12lb
Average Weight: 3lb
Season: All Year
Peak: Oct to Feb
Weight 1 to 40lb
Average Weight: 8lb
Season: All Year
Peak: Aug to Feb
Weight: 5lb to 140lb
Average Weight: 37lb
Yellow Fin Tuna
Season: All year
Peak: Sept to Oct
Weight: 10lb to 200lb
Average Weight: 22lb
Season: All year
Peak: August, Dec and Jan
Weight: 40lb to 170lb
Average Weight: 85lb
Note: these figures are complied with catch reports over 5 years, however they can be effected by adverse weather.
Holiday insurance, personal items, fishing tackle, laundry service and local tips (recommendation $40 AUS per person per day for your fishing guide. $40 - $60 AUS for the week per person tip for the lodge staff).
Seat upgrades available with British Airways.
A machine-readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry. No visa for UK citizens required.
Note: Because your flight will involve traveling into the USA, you will be required before travel to complete an Electronic System Travel Authorisation (ESTA) online, which is compulsory for all USA Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) travellers before boarding an air or sea carrier to the USA. For full information and apply online visit our ESTA information page.
Yellow Fever, Cholera, Malaria and Typhoid.
All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press. However, please check these requirements for changes before you travel.
There is a $30 AUS departure tax payable upon leaving Christmas Island.
FLIGHT ROUTE AND FLIGHT TIME
UK – Los Angeles (approx 11hrs). Los Angeles – Honolulu (approx 6 hrs). Honolulu – Christmas Island (approx 3 hrs).
(WT) 2 checked in items 23 kg (WTP) 2 checked in items 23 kg (C/F) 3 checked in items 23 kg. British Airways permits each passenger to check in one piece of sporting luggage i.e. a rod holdall, but must not exceed 23 kg.
Honolulu Hotel (approx 30 mins)
Christmas Island airport – Resort (approx 30 mins)
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