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Our Fanning Island Bonefish Trip Was Miserable and Great


Article Date: December 2008

(Editor Note: It's not often that we get a rave review about a place that's flat-out miserable to reach, with almost no services. But that's exactly how subscriber Timothy Welch describes his recent visit to Fanning Island, Kiribati. Clearly, this isn't a trip for the faint at heart, the terminally seasick, or lovers of 5-star comfort. But for the right kind of angler, this place sounds sweet-spot perfect. We are putting Timothy Welch on our Subscriber Honor Roll and sending him an Honor Roll fishing hat for taking the time to file this report. See page 2 for more on our Honor Roll program.)

While on Christmas Island this past March, I arranged to charter Captain Chuck Corbett's 60-foot foot sailboat, the Tuaraoi, for a two-week fishing trip to Fanning Island, 165 nautical miles from Christmas Island. Since Air Pacific had discontinued regular service, we had to charter a flight through Bill Paupe (808-834-7603) to get from Honolulu to Christmas Island where the adventure started.

Fanning Island, Kiribati, is totally unspoiled, reachable only by semi-annual freighter from Honolulu, occasional LST trips from Christmas Island or Chuck's sailboat (which gives the term "uncomfy" a whole new meaning). Norwegian Cruise Lines used to send a cruise ship by from time to time, but that no longer happens.

The 30-hour ride over and the 47-hour ride back in the Corbett boat is indeed a horror story. Long, dark, wet, rough, wet and did I say ROUGH? I am not a wimp, but this was WAY beyond fun!!!

Fanning Island had no accommodations during my trip last March, so living on the boat was a necessity. Did I make it clear about the boat? If we weren't having so much fun fishing, diving and surfing, the boat part would make the trip Dante-Inferno-like! Nonetheless, I loved this trip, as the fishing was nothing short of wonderful - wading incredible virgin flats everywhere in the lagoon, trolling both outside and between the flats for eager fish.

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Fanning Island. PO Box 185. Hakalau, HI, 96710. Tel. 808-430-0277. Fax 808-963-6143. E-mail: Chuck@fanning-island.com, Web: www.fanning-island.com
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