The fact that virtually every flats fishing angler in the world has heard of Kiritimati (pronounced Christmas) Island is far from coincidence. Amidst the vast inventory of the world’s saltwater flats destinations, Kiritimati Island is a unique and natural masterpiece that magically combines all the elements critical to fly fishing success. Endless hard sand flats fishing, remarkable numbers of cruising bonefish and trevally, and consistent year-round weather await all who visit this unique atoll. Kiritimati Island is part of Kiribati and is within a group of islands known as the Line Islands, it is the largest of all the Kiribati Islands.
By design, Christmas Island Outfitters has limited its program to no more than twelve anglers per week. As a result, the program boasts a highly flexible flats fishing program that can take full advantage of varying tides and fishing conditions.
Christmas Island Outfitters head guide is Bita Kairaio. Bita is recognized as one of the island’s top guides. He is joined by a small group of hand-picked professionals who are amongst the islands most skilled and personable fly-fishing guides. All have excellent eyes for spotting fish and calm temperaments under the pressure of sight fishing. The guides at Kiritimati Island Outfitters have been handpicked Bita for their overall level of experience, skill, calmness under pressure, and instructional abilities. Each evening Bita will lead a discussion on the program for the following day’s fishing based on the conditions at hand. It is likely that your departure time from the lodge will vary each morning, according to the tides and where you will be fishing.
Transportation to and from the vast flats of Kiritimati Island is via truck and outrigger. Both are equipped with bench seats, canopies, and rod holders. The week includes anglers reaching the flats either by truck (Back country and Korean Wreck) or outrigger within the main lagoon, depending on the fishing goals for the day. We have included these spots in our price.
Our Australian Anglers have six and half days fishing included in their package.
Virtually all fly-fishing entails sight casting to fish while wading in shallow waters. Kiritimati Island’s plentiful bonefish average two to three pounds, although on any given week opportunities for larger bonefish in the five to ten-pound class may be landed.
The fly-fishing guides at Christmas Island Outfitters are also among the atoll’s most skilled and passionate trevally hunters and love nothing more than to share with their guests the thrill of hooking these monsters.