Christmas Island

Situated in the equatorial Pacific, Christmas Island offers world class fishing and unique cultural experiences. Come fish Christmas Island with North 40 Fly Shop next spring from March 27 - April 3, 2019. Trip price is $2,850. We will be targeting Giant Trevally, Bonefish, Milkfish, Triggerfish and more. We will be lodged at the Ikari House. Pricing is per person, based on double occupancy and includes 6 days of guided fishing and 7 nights of lodging. A 50% deposit or the full payment is required to secure your space. Checks can be made out to North 40 Outfitters. Contact Tyler Balich at 208-666-0506 or to book your trip with us today!

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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Inside Flats
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.

Outside Flats
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.

Bluewater Fishing
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.
The lodges that are currently available in Guanaja are on the flats, so if you don’t mind paddling a kayak, and you already know how to wade and sight tailing fish, then DIY trips are most certainly an option. However we recommend mixing your DIY trip with at least a few guide days because the fish on the flats near the lodges get extremely (like unfishable) spooky. The guides get to a lot of flats you can’t touch with a kayak and drastically increase your odds of catching a Honduran permit.
The Ikari House offers the most comfortable lodging on the island offering both hot water showers in each room and air conditioning. It is located minutes away from the boats and has three outside common areas for drinks and dining right next to the ocean. Sunsets on the beach are a common sight every night at the Ikari House.

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.
Getting to Christmas Island is very easy. Even though it is very remote, a new Fiji Airways 737 is the mode of transportation from Honolulu. The flight is a short 3 hours and leaves every Tuesday at 12:00pm from Honolulu.

Christmas Island