Christmas Island 2011 - 3rd Year of poppers, stickbaits & a jig or two.

It's always difficult drafting a fishing report knowing that there will be several months until another adventure.

Fortunately, the memories & photos fill the void whilst working & there's always time with your mates to share the stories over a few beers.

2011 marked the third adventure to Christmas Island for me. I consider C.I a special place, not just because of the quality of fishing, but also the opportunity to catch up with Mark Rochfort aka Rocky of Shorefire Charters (, relax, leave the rat race behind & also have a great time with a mate or two. This year, being the 3rd year, also marked the amount of time I've lived in W.A.

I've been fortunate to fish a variety of destinations over the last few years & Christmas Island has always appealed to me. It's important to note, the quality of fishing also demands experience, ability & fitness. Experience really is a two way street; the angler & the charter operator. Rocky has it all covered. He has decades of local knowledge & experience & take my word, experience & local knowledge is fundamental when you want to catch something unbelievable. You wouldn't want to hand over your hard earned if the skipper knew more about trout fishing rather than dog tooth jigging or GT popping. Rocky is a great bloke & it's always a pleasure to be guided by him. I also keep returning because I have comfort that Rocky will deliver a great time.

Heavy tackle surface luring & medium to heavy jigging isn't for the faint hearted. For me & plenty of mates, this form of fishing really gets the blood pumping.

Chris (chrisp) accompanied me this year. I always thoroughly enjoy fishing with Chris, whether that be dhuie jigging or beach fishing, we always have a good time, especially over a few brews. We had planned this trip 12 months in advance & I know Chris put the sleep sedatives through their paces in the weeks leading up to take off.

This was Chris's first heavy surface luring expedition & I knew as soon as he punched out his first cast, I was against some serious competition. I did take a moment to laugh when Chris hooked his first G... the word "Damn!" still makes me laugh. As much as everyone explained how brutal this form of fishing was going to be, it still doesn't really prepare you enough. You just need to experience it first hand & if you love it, you'll continue to do it. It isn't for everyone however.

The fishing we experienced this trip was simply sensational. We spent 90% of the time casting surface lures, the rest, trolling from spot a to b & jigging. Unfortunately the weather didn't allow us to venture to the hot jigging spots, but hey, that's fishing - you can't always get what you want! The surface fishing kept us entertained anyway!

GT's were aggressive, YFT were in numbers, red bass, jobfish, blue finned trevs & some big unidentified monsters were encountered on surface lures. At times, we saw multiple species attacking our lures. The competition was fierce & exciting. I recall birds hovering centimeters above my stickbait & GT's carving them up. If the GT's didn't connect, red bass were quick on their case. It was just awesome.

I always find that on every trip, there's always a memorable fish that really makes the trip one to remember. First year was the masses of barrel YFT, second year was my big GT & this year, for Chris, a sail fish on popper at 6am (yes, 6am), & for me, another solid GT & YFT.
Chris's sail fish crunched a popper 5 meters from the boat & started to do the aerial display 10 meters away. I took on the 'wicket keeper' stance on the casting deck hoping it wouldn't jump aboard! Lucky! The fish was very dark & had longtoms sticking out of its mouth. What a fish & an experience for Chris!

Moments later, Chris's popper was boofed by another solid fish. The boil in the water was massive & Rocky & I stood stunned to see a massive triangle head bobbing above the waterline. Chris's lucky streak was momentarily withdrawn with a tip wrap which didn't allow him to set the hooks. This tuna (YFT or doggie) was big, let me tell you. Unlucky!

This was only day 2! The day before Chris landed his first GT (and a solid G to boot), which also set the bench mark for the trip. Back to back GT's dished out some pain to Chris, but we kept wanting more.

On the very limited jigging front, I hooked what I thought was a solid tuna. After a grueling 15 minute tug of war in 200m of water, I landed a beaut GT. I also got stuck into several quality GT's on surface lures throughout the week. In 2 days, I had landed 12 solid GT's & lost a few more to hooks being pulled. We also put in an effort for an afternoon YFT sesh & I was rewarded with a beaut YFT on popper which smashed the lure 2 meters from the boat. This fish stripped some serious line under serious drag pressure & luckily didn't take anyones ears off as it zipped from the front of the boat to the back within a millisecond. I think my reel will need some shimano attention now.

More memorable moments include Chris scoring a new nickname for the trip, being "buster pancakes". Buster; for busting 2 stella's. Pancakes; for cooking up a homemade batch of pancakes & maple syrup for dinner one night. (We had enough of tuna at one point).  We also enjoyed a night with Rocky & his family eating beer battered wahoo & a spread of dishes, chocolate cake & beer & bourbon. The local chinese was delish & the umpteen beers we consumed on the balcony overlooking the cove was tranquility.

I'm sure the pictures will deliver a better story, so hope you enjoy.

11 & a half months & I'll be back.

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Top trip there guys, love the

Mon, 2011-09-05 21:00

Top trip there guys, love the sail and the g-bangers!

Two stellas? PLEASE EXPLAIN!

Back next year, back for some doggies?


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Stellas; here's my theory:

Mon, 2011-09-05 21:26

Stellas; here's my theory:

Chris gets tired, jams one really hard to chip a gear tooth.

Chris gets tired again, jams another, chips a gear tooth.

Very strategically broken... as soon as fatigue sets in hard.


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Always wanted to go to Xmas

Mon, 2011-09-05 21:03

Always wanted to go to Xmas Island. this report did not change my opinion of the place.  well done sounds like you had some excellent fishing.


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Mon, 2011-09-05 21:03

Can say im a bit jealous


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WOW great work!, Nice report!

Mon, 2011-09-05 21:10

WOW great work!, Nice report!

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awesome write and shots, nice

Mon, 2011-09-05 21:12

awesome write and shots, nice work. that sailfish on popper is unreal


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very very nice Daz and big

Mon, 2011-09-05 21:19

very very nice Daz and big congrats to Buster for the sail. Gotta get over there myself now I think. I don't reckon many destinations can offer that sort of variety without doing the live aboard thing.

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 Great pics and report. On

Mon, 2011-09-05 21:20

 Great pics and report. On the got to get to list

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 Well done mate, few rippa

Mon, 2011-09-05 21:27

 Well done mate, few rippa fish. 

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Great write up, and awesome

Mon, 2011-09-05 21:28

Great write up, and awesome photo's!!


Keep it up

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Top stuff fellas,

Mon, 2011-09-05 21:43

Top stuff fellas, quality!!!!!!


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 Great report and some great

Mon, 2011-09-05 21:55

 Great report and some great pic's. No wonder why you keep going back mate looks awsome. How much gear did you lose?

Well done mate look foward to more reports and pics.


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Danno, we didn't lose much

Tue, 2011-09-06 10:12

Danno, we didn't lose much gear at all this year. I lost 2 surface lures & 2 jigs. Chrisp lost about the same. Cheers

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wow guysawesome trip.   those

Mon, 2011-09-05 22:00

wow guys

awesome trip.   those black gt's look awesome.

and how are you gonna beat the sailfish on popper???

good work!


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Tue, 2011-09-06 13:06

It's gonna take a long time to top that one for sure Grayzeee. I was belting out casts over the dropoff hoping for a big YFT when rocky suggested i throw a cast along the dropoff. It was certainly the best bit of advise i have ever recieved as that very cast the bill came out of the water to smack the popper so close to the boat i was almost about to lift it from the water. After we landed it i can remember sitting there thinking "what the bloody hell just happenned?" It was definately one of those special moments in fishing and i will remember it fondly for many years to come.

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Awesome report there! I would

Mon, 2011-09-05 22:21

Awesome report there! I would love to go on a trip like that.


Hottie in the 5th pic ;) hehe

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Top report Daz and some solid

Mon, 2011-09-05 23:48

Top report Daz and some solid fish there guys!  Thanks for sharing.

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wow - great read and some

Tue, 2011-09-06 00:47

wow - great read and some awesome photo's

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Simply awesome

Tue, 2011-09-06 05:56

Quality, pure quality. Unfortunate that you didn't get to jig a lot for the monster doggies though. Looks like you both had a cracking time up there, it is a fantastic spot.


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Quality all round - top

Tue, 2011-09-06 06:34

Quality all round - top report and pics.

Gotta love those G's.

Cheers  Pete

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top report

Tue, 2011-09-06 07:21

Quality fish and pictures

Two stella's............ hopefully covered by warrenty?

But time will fly and before you know it you will be there again.

Think your reports are seriously pegging CI as a top destination!

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Nice guys. Quality fish and

Tue, 2011-09-06 07:24

Nice guys. Quality fish and pics.

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fantastic work as usual Daz

Tue, 2011-09-06 07:46

fantastic work as usual Daz

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Wow - great trip! Was that

Tue, 2011-09-06 08:56

Wow - great trip! Was that YFT on popper at night? Or very early morning?


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That was very late arvo

Tue, 2011-09-06 10:13

That was very late arvo (early evening).

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nice report and pics bud

Tue, 2011-09-06 09:22

nice report and pics bud


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Giddy Up!

Tue, 2011-09-06 10:08

Very good sized G's for Xmas!

First class as usual fellas.

Im counting down the weeks until in there, only 6 of them left :) 




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hope you have a ball fella.

Tue, 2011-09-06 10:15

hope you have a ball fella. There are big G's at xmas... you'll appreciate how big some are at Rocky's feeding station. They are very well educated however.

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 Top report Daz, looks like

Tue, 2011-09-06 16:36

 Top report Daz, looks like you boys had a blinder trip. Some quality pics there too.

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Got me super jealous!

Tue, 2011-09-06 16:39

Got me super jealous!

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Awsome pictures awsome write

Tue, 2011-09-06 16:43

Awsome pictures awsome write up awsome time I bet. I'm very jelous haha


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Unbelievable... CI is now on

Tue, 2011-09-06 16:45

Unbelievable... CI is now on the bucket list!! Awesome job guys, some cracking pics too

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Nice work there Daz and

Mon, 2011-09-12 15:19

Nice work there Daz and thanks for sharing your pics. Myself and a few work coleages are just negotiating some dates for a fish with Rocky early next year.I can feel some tackle testing coming on.


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Mon, 2011-09-12 16:15

Great write up and pics Daz! That shot of the YFT on popper is they look like rockets. What line class did you get him on?

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Nice report mate and

Wed, 2011-09-14 20:25

Nice report mate and some great photos. Saw you at the ramp one day, saily on a popper is awsum! Got back yesterday for a week off between 12 weeks work up there and its definitely a special place. Couldnt believe the amount of yellowfin encounted and watching the GTs fight over our tuna scraps at the farm was very cool! Easy to understand why you go back every year!

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channy its all about the boys

Thu, 2011-09-15 19:02

channy its all about the boys eh?

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Thats my island  :) 

Mon, 2011-10-10 21:25

Thats my island  :)