Capt. Chris Newsome
Have you ever dreamt of fishing exotic locales? My hosted fishing trips are a fantastic way to participate in an unforgettable fishing adventure! I have been fortunate to fish in a dozen countries. Dealing with the logistics of traveling to remote overseas destinations can be a daunting task. My experience and attention to detail takes the stress and uncertainty out of international travel. I am here to guide you through all aspects of trip planning, and I am a resource during the trip to ensure everything runs smoothly. Traveling with a group of likeminded anglers makes for enjoyable camaraderie and often results in new friendships that can last a lifetime. I recently decided to differentiate my hosted fishing travel from my Chesapeake Bay fishing charters. In the future, Endless Quest Fishing will be the travel side of my business. I hope you can join the crew on an Endless Quest Fishing adventure!
Scheduled Hosted Trips
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Hosted 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 May 2023, this marks best opportunity one will find to fish CXI since the waters have been unfished for over 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!
Gardens of the Queen (Jardines de la Reina) Mothership: December 2-9, 2023
Gardens of the Queen marine sanctuary known as Jardines de la Reina in Spanish (JDR for short) is an undeveloped archipelago of 600 islands located 50 miles offshore of southcentral Cuba. Comparable to the Florida Keys (without the crowds), the remote flats habitat of JDR stretches for 93 linear miles and covers an area of 840 square miles. A marine protected area (MPA) designation has preserved the pristine marine ecosystem; as a result, JDR supports a huge biomass of diverse flats gamefish. Avalon maintains exclusive fishing access to JDR which is limited to a small number of catch & release fly anglers. Participation in the trip supports humanitarian efforts that promote marine conservation, sustainable jobs, and environmental research within the marine protected area.
Those looking for a challenge can expect daily shots at the flats grand slam of bonefish, permit, and tarpon. Aggressive bonefish readily eat flies over an array of flats habitat. Permit are permit (spooky & picky eaters), however the specimens found in JDR are often trophy size. Acrobatic resident tarpon inhabit the labyrinth of mangrove creeks, channels, flats, and beaches. Additional opportunities are available to tangle with a host of other species including large barracuda, jacks, and snapper. We have landed all these species and more on my previous trips to JDR.
December is an excellent time to visit Gardens of the Queen. Weather is generally pleasant since Cuba’s mainland shields these southern islands from northern cold fronts. Hurricane season has ended, and temperatures are warm but not oppressively hot like other months. It is the dry part of the year providing plenty of sun for sight fishing. The lack of rainfall greatly reduces the abundance of bugs that are a nuisance in wet weather.
Avalon’s mothership trips never fail to provide a unique experience 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 sun falls below the horizon. The night is capped off by swapping fish stories while sipping rum and puffing cigars under the stars. The December 2-9 2023 trip will be aboard the Jardines Avalon IV (JA4). The 180ft yacht is the crown jewel of Avalon’s liveaboard fleet. The JA4 mothership provides a well-appointed and spacious base camp for your remote fishing adventure to Gardens of the Queen!
The December 2023 trip is fully booked.
Canarreos Archipelago Mothership: 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!
The February 2024 trip is fully booked.
I am happy to discuss my destination trips in more detail, so please do not hesitate to reach out!