With the pandemic finally in the rear-view mirror, I’m excited to host several future exotic trips. Please let me know if you’d like more information on one of these fishing adventures.
Christmas Island Atoll (Kiritimati): November 1-8, 2023
The world’s largest raised coral atoll known as Kiritimati or Christmas Island (CXI) is situated about 1,300 miles south of Hawaii. While CXI has been on the radar of both fly & conventional anglers for 40 years, the entire country of Kiribati was closed to visitors during the pandemic. With commercial flights finally resuming December 2022, this marks best opportunity one will find to fish CXI since the waters have been unfished for nearly 3 years!
Christmas Island is an easy to reach and affordable destination for targeting Indo-Pacific species. Abundant wade fishing opportunities and reliable bonefish numbers make CXI arguably the world’s top destination for newbie flats anglers. The trendy fly fishing target on everyone’s bucket list is the triggerfish. Christmas Island is an excellent location to stalk challenging yellow margin and moustache triggers. The big draw for experienced saltwater anglers is the flats marauder known as the giant trevally. Nothing compares to the adrenaline rush of a monster GT smashing your fly or lure and heading for the horizon!
In addition to white sand flats, Christmas Island has excellent bluewater opportunities for conventional tackle anglers and even on fly. Casting large poppers and bouncing metal jiggings will draw strikes from tuna and trophy GT. Trolling surface baits will raise sailfish. Schools of algae eating milkfish will test the patience of fly anglers up for the challenge.
I have reserved the week of November 1-8, 2023 at Lagoon View Resort. Cost is $2,900pp with private room/shared guide or $2,500pp with shared room/shared guide. Package price includes all meals which are usually freshly caught seafood. Accommodations at Christmas Island are basic, but you won’t find a week of world class fishing at a better price!
Canarreos Archipelago Mothership Expedition: February 10-17, 2024
The uninhabited string of islands stretching off southern Cuba form the expansive marine protected areas of Jardines de la Reina and Canarreos Archipelago. The diversity and abundance of gamefish in this region is a testament that marine life can flourish if given the opportunity. Having made 7 previous visits through Avalon Outdoor, I can attest that once you fish the flats of Cuba you won’t want to go anywhere else!
Canarreos Archipelago is known as Cuba’s top destination for the Super Grand Slam of bonefish, tarpon, permit and snook. The Cayo Largo portion of the archipelago is comprised of vast white sand flats where bonefish school by the hundred and permit are often sited following stingrays. Tarpon country is found west along the archipelago toward Isla de la Juventud. Resident tarpon and snook inhabit the labyrinth of mangrove creeks, channels, flats, and beaches. Opportunities are available to catch a host of other species such as large barracuda, jacks, and snapper. Winter weather is generally great in Canarreos since Cuba’s mainland shields these southern islands from northern cold fronts. Temperatures are warm but not oppressively hot like other times of the year. It is the dry season so there’s plenty of sun for sight fishing and bugs are absent due to a lack of freshwater in the archipelago.
Avalon’s mothership trips provide a unique adventure unlike anything you’ll find at a typical land-based lodge. Mornings begin on the yacht with a Caribbean sunrise during breakfast, and then it’s off for a day of guided fishing on the flats skiffs. Upon return to the mothership, a gourmet meal awaits as the sunsets. The night is capped off by swapping fish stories while drinking Cuban rum and stoking cigars under the stars. Besides the sense of exploration and ability to access remote areas, a mothership voyage provides Avalon the ability to control all aspects of the trip, and their outstanding yacht staff works extremely hard to exceed guest expectations.
Looking ahead to the future, I have reserved the week of February 10-17, 2024 at Canarreos Archipelago. We will spend 7 nights aboard the mothership with 6 full days of guided fishing (2 anglers/flats skiff). Trip package includes all meals aboard the yacht, open bar, marine park conservation fee, as well as transfer by bus to the mothership. I am able to offer the trip at a discounted rate of $5,500 per person. Participation in the trip supports humanitarian efforts that promote marine conservation, sustainable jobs and environmental research within the marine protection area and surrounding communities.