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A Big Celebration at #TheVillagesofChristmasIsland on June 10 and 11.
2 days of singing, dancing, food and laughter. The Villages offers the best location for #flyfishingChristmasIsland for bonefish Gt's with the best guides in the business while staying in comfortable clean accommodations with the friendliest staff in the world. Visit our website for more info http://www.fishabout.com/adventure/christmas-island/
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Heading to #ICAST to check out the latest in #fishing equipment. #Orlando #flyfishing
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Christmas Island fly fishing
Time to start thinking about the best #flyfishing of the year on Christmas Island. September, October
and November have the least pressure and the best fishing. #Christmas-Island-fishing combines a unique variety of species to be caught on fly with a unique cultural island experience.
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What were the Cool Kids doing in the Florida Keys this last weekend?

It’s late March, the tarpon are laying up in the back-country and permit are tailing on the flats.  We set out this weekend to look for tarpon and our trip was interrupted when my Maverick HPX skiff blew a water pump.  Luckily Captain Brandon Henley was working a charter a few miles away and came to tow us in.

So what to we do with the rest of the day?  Mike Echevarria, who was fishing with me said, “Lets go dive the Busch”.I love it when Mike comes into town because he likes to do some of the deeper and more challenging dives.  The Busch is and old Scottish made freighter sunk by the Busch family to create an artificial reef. She sits in approx.115ft of water off the lower Keys.  Mike, his friend Tom and I each grabbed a tank filled with EAN 32 nitrox, set our computers and headed to the wreck site aboard Mike’s boat “La Emitina”.   The water was a bit rough on the surface due to 15-20 knot easterly winds, so we had to fall over, swim hard to get to the ball and head down the line quickly to get out of the wind current on the surface.

Deep dives are always very surreal to me and as we descended down the line, I waited for the outline of the ship to emerge out the semi murky water.  We met on the deck, checked our INR readings and proceeded to swim slowly to the bow of the ship.
The visability was probably 30feet and surprisingly the water temp was 77 degrees.
I hate wetsuits, so all I had for exposure was a Sharkskin top and a pair of board shorts.  I was comfortable.  The boat was loaded with fish. I poked my head in one of the rooms and all I could see in the darkness was a big smile with 2 eyes.  When my eyes adjusted I realized it was a 300lb Goliath Grouper.  I signaled Mike with his big camera but by the time he arrived it had disappeared into the bowels of the ship.  We saw a huge black grouper on the deck, big cubera, hogfish, jacks and a couple of full sized lionfish (nothing with us to kill them).  We met back at the line with 1000 lbs in our tanks and time left on our no-deco limits and made a slow descent to the surface with a 3 minute safety stop.  Safely executed dive.

The thought that always goes through my mind after a great dive is “Did I just do that?”

After resting on the surface for an hour, we finished with a nice relaxing decompression dive on Looe Key Reef.   

The following day we followed the same dive plan, one deep, one shallow.
I always feel blessed and priviledged to live here in the Keys

Thanks Mike for a Great Weekend!
Howard
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The Villages - Christmas Island Fishing

This has been one of the best years of fishing Christmas Island for Giant Trevally.   While fishing out of The Villages, Al caught this beautiful GT on fly.
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Fly Fishing Christmas Island

Montana Guide, Al Gadourey just came back from 2 weeks at The Villages on Christmas Island.  It rained quite a bit as it has been doing this year, but he reported the best sight fishing for big triggerfish he has seen on several trips fishing Christmas Island.
I have to admit that I have never seen a triggerfish this big caught
since Fishabout first started sending anglers to Christmas Island 25 years ago
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Christmas Island Fly Fishing

Long time Fishabout clients, the Ross Beatty group, just came back from their annual family and friends group to The Villages of Christmas Island. As usual, Ross's wife Teri caught the biggest fish as seen below with her guide Ieru... Ross is a bit camera shy so his guide Tetaua is holding his biggest trigger fish...
Below is Ross's report on the week's fishing:
"It was a little bit different experience this year because of the El Nino weather pattern, but we still had pretty good fishing. We had clouds and rain more than normal, but also very little wind, so when you saw fish it was easy to deliver the cast. It was a good week at The Villages for GTs. Several people in our group landed large fish. Also, the variety of fish was quite diverse. In the lagoon we caught queenfish, ladyfish, sweet lips, goatfish, snapper, and probably a few other species in addition to the usual bonefish, triggerfish and several species of trevally. The guys who went offshore with conventional tackle on day 3 landed a sailfish, skip jacks, tuna, a jobfish, a big GT, and I don’t remember what else, but had a good day. Everyone is raring to go back next year!!"
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