Chumming for GTs on Christmas Island--Revisited

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Posted by Michael Nowak on 2013-09-11 19:41:10

A lot has been said over the past several months on this Board, by myself included, about chumming for GTs inside the lagoon. I don't want to rehash the arguments other than to say that the practice continues (see attached photo).

I spend around four weeks a year fishing Christmas Island and well over half that time I devote to sight-casting to GTs on the flats. Over the past 12-18 months refusals to the fly have become the norm, whereas not that long ago they were the clear exception. To blame chumming is, of course, largely conjectural, but it is an observation supported by the guides at The Villages, the only lodge that does not chum; these guys are on the water every day and they are distressed by the deterioration that has occurred in the quality of the fishing.

There may however be some hope on the horizon. I understand that regulations that would ban chumming inside the lagoon are to be presented to the Christmas Island City Council. Chumming would still be allowed outside the lagoon. This, I think, is a very fair compromise that recognizes the legitimacy of chumming, while helping preserve the quality of the sight-fishing on the flats.

The hope is that the regulations will be in place by January. Let's see. I won't be holding my breath, but I'll be the first to celebrate if it happens.

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