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    Christmas Island | Fish Head Expeditions

    Great Bonefishing every month of the year.  

    Written by: Jerry Swanson

    For anglers that are on the process of planning a bone fishing trip, there is always a discussion about the location and time of year. Christmas Island is located on the equator so it has no prime or off season considerations. It is the only true year around fishery that I know of. In addition there is no better wade fishing for bones anywhere in the world. As a bonus casting a fly to Giant Trevally while wading is one of the top exhilarating moments in all of fly fishing.

    Christmas island is a good choice for first time saltwater anglers and experienced as well. During the typical week you will have numerous shots at bones to hone your skills on. It is tough to get better at any kind of fishing if your chances are few and far between, as an example Permit fishing. Experienced anglers also like Christmas, some having fished there a dozen or more times. 

    I first fished Christmas 25 years ago when it was just getting started and so was I. It has evolved over the years with way better guiding and boats. They still do not have 5 star accommodations or real flats skiffs. It does have the charm and consistent flats fishing that is tough to find anywhere else. 

    There are 4 lodges on the island to choose from. They all have strong guide programs and similar accommodations. Depending on when you want to go and the size of your group and fishing preferences, one will probably be a better fit for the week you want to go.

    • Bonefish
    • Giant Trevally
    • Golden Trevally
    • Yellowfin Tuna

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    Recommended Gear
    • Rods: 7-12 Weights
    • Polarized sunglasses
    • Long sleeve shirt
    • Long pants
    • Flats boots
    • Fishing hat w/sun protection for the neck
    • Sun block 30+

    2012 Christmas Island Packing List

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