Trip Report Christmas Island - June 2018

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Just got back from a fantastic week in Christmas Island. It was my first saltwater trip and I throughly enjoyed it! We stayed at Sunset and the accommodations were quite comfortable. The food was decent and the rooms were clean.

Had a shot at a lot of fish - hooked and landed a bunch of bones, yellow snappers, small groupers and triggers. Being my first time stalking the flats, I found the learning curve to be pretty steep. My first two days I had a hell of a time spotting bones. By the end of the week I was able to spot, cast and hook up with fish without the help of the guide (definitely a personal accomplishment)! The fish were very spooky at times, which made for some frustrating times. I also had a lot of refusals from several species, including three different Trevally (Giant, Bandit & Golden).

Flew Fiji Airways from HNL-CXI, a view of the lagoon from my window.
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Enjoying the sunset from the beach. I was pretty excited to hit the water the next morning.
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The following morning I walked the flats with my guide and landed my first bonefish ever.
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The release...
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Also came across a Picasso hiding in the coral. After refusing half-dozen fly patterns, I finally hooked up with it.
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It was a giant;)
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Headed to the back country for some big bone, trigger and GT action. Beautiful sunrise!
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We stalked a flat for triggers and spotted one. By the time I was ready to cast, the fish had moved 80’ away from us. We carefully approached the fish and I layed out a 60-70’ cast (5-10’ past the fish). I started stripping the mantis shrimp pattern using short strokes and the trigger followed it, slowly nibbling at the fly. I felt an eat and hit the fish with a strip set. My heart was pumping, adrenaline rushing and a huge smile accompanied the fight. I could tell it was a big fish, and soon had to tighten the drag on my reel. After running out my backing twice, I had the fish under control and started brining it in. I finally had a trigger on the line that didn’t break me off! I pulled it in closer and finally got to see it. Much to my surprise it wasn’t the trigger but a big bone who stole the fly out of the trigger’s mouth. We estimated the bone’s weight between 10-12lbs.
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As we approached another flat, a brown booby greated us.
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Enjoying a well deserved coconut drink back at base camp after a hard day at the office!
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The bones were fun but I definitely enjoyed the triggers better. This one was landed near the back country. It destroyed my crab pattern.
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Besides fish and birds, we got to enjoy the playful mantas.
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Mems

Active Member
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Glad you had a good time. Biita works hard and the guides are great. It is awesome that you got to go out and spot fish by yourself, now you have turned the corner. Triggers are fun and a real challenge. Good job, Mems.
 
#9
Awesome! Thanks for sharing! Yeah, i think i have to go there next year!
@Adam Saarinen & @cabezon: I’d definitely recommend it. Getting all the gear was the part that required the most planning (bargain shopping for gently used 2nds and scooping up some new items on sale). Other than that, just kick back and enjoy. I’m thinking about heading back next year provided the Boss grants me another Kitchen Pass.
 
#10
Glad you had a good time. Biita works hard and the guides are great. It is awesome that you got to go out and spot fish by yourself, now you have turned the corner. Triggers are fun and a real challenge. Good job, Mems.
@Mems: Thanks for the advice prior to the trip. It really helped out!
 

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