Christmas Island is a coral atoll located 1100 miles South of Hawaii. The Island’s proximity to the equator makes for very reliable water and weather conditions. The atoll is host to several species of gamefish including sought after species such as Giant Trevally, Blue Trevally, Golden Trevally, Bonefish, Triggerfish, Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Wahoo, and Trigger fish. There are so many choices each day on the island that anglers can quickly become overwhelmed with all the fishing opportunities.
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Christmas Island is home a large lagoon roughly 150 square miles. This lagoon is full of coral and sand flats ideal for stalking large bonefish and trevally. Anglers will be shuttled from flat to flat by fast panga style boats. The Ikari House has some of the quickest and most reliable boats on the island. There is also a backcountry option, which requires more hiking, that opens up fishing areas full of large bonefish and super tanker GT’s. Fishing inside the lagoon offers consistent fishing with easy conditions.
The flats surrounding the outside of the island can be fished if the tides are correct. Fishing on the outside flats brings fresh fish in from the ocean. Schools of large bonefish appear out of the depths and are very eager to take flies. Giant Trevally cruise in on the waves and chase bait fish that are on the flats. The outside flats can be a little harder to wade due to large coral and waves, but the fishing is well worth it.
Fishing in deep water on the outside of the island brings Tuna, Wahoo, and Marlin into the game. Trolling is popular and chasing birds for busting fish is also a good way to target aggressive feeders. Popping for GT’s and Jigging for a variety of species will leave you with sore arms and a sore back at the end of the day.
7-9 Weight rods are ideal for bonefish, blue trevally, stripped trevally, and golden trevally. 10-16 lb fluorocarbon leaders work well with floating lines. Flies should be tied with little to no flash and smaller than most other bonefish patters. Size 6-8 hooks are good for most flies, but be sure to bring a few size 2 flies for certain flats near the outside of the lagoon. Small shrimp patterns in various shrimp colors work well for most of the species you will target on the 7-9 weight rods.
10-12 Weight rods are good for Giant Trevally. The GT's range from babies to well over 100 lbs. 80-100 Gel-Spun backing with floating tarpon lines work well. 80 Fluoro leaders straight to the fly is recommended. Be sure to have a reel with enough drag to stop these fish. They are known to blow up reels every week on the island.
The Ikari House offers a hot and cold option for breakfast each morning. Lunches are provided on the boat and appetizers and dinners consist of fresh fish, crab and other fresh local options. Dinners are served family style with fresh sashimi appetizers each night.