2013 Barra Run Off

The 2015 Barra Run Off fishing season bookings are now open at Darwin's Barra Base for Fantastic Barra Fishing at Shady Camp from Feb to end of April 2015.

Book now to ensure seats on the best tides next year.
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Come and experience Fantastic Barra Run Off Fishing at Shady Camp & Finniss River for Metre Plus Silver Barramundi, King Salmon, Giant Black Jewfish & Fingermark Snapper.

Read on for our 2013 run off, and catch up with the 2015 information here

107cm Barra - Great start to 2013
Chris landed this 107cm barra

Chris Town (father) & his son Jack Town from Helen Springs Cattle Station central NT landed two beaut Meteries with Darwins Barra Base on 24th Jan 2013.

Jack (8) hooked and with the help of dad landed 110cm Barra and Dad not to be out done landed another lovely 107cm Barra at the mouth of Adelaide River with Darwins Barra Base Senior Guide Rob Foster.

GREAT NEWS - Our Fantastic Fishing will improve at least 5 fold with the proposed Closure Lines to Commercial Netters being banned from netting along the frontage of Shady Camp throughout Chambers Bay and Finke Bay. Imagine the number of Metre Plus Barra, King Salmon and Black Jewfish without Netters. We landed 32 metre Plus Barra in 2012 this should triple in 2013.

Map and details of the new closure lines for Chambers and Finke Bays

Have your say on the proposed bans to commercial netters at Chambers and Finke Bays


Direct Rates for 2013 Are:

For Twin Share or Couple Sole Private Charter, = $1200pp per day.

For Triple Share Sole Private Charter, = $800pp per day

Shared Charters 1 -12 people making 4 person share groups in boats and accommodation

Budget Room= $600 per person per day
Lodge Style Accommodation with Ensuite, Split System A/C, Bar Fridge & Tea / Coffee Facilities = $625 per person per day
For a Couple or Twin requiring own Double or Twin room = $675per person per day

25% Deposit required to confirm all bookings. Remaining Balances Owing on all bookings must be fully paid up at least 4 weeks prior to Safari start date.

Our Safari Experiences have you fishing the pristine run off waters of the Mary River System that flows into Chambers Bay & the coastal creeks of Finke Bay The flora and fauna at this time of year is breathtaking, and the birdlife is phenomenal. You will experience crocodiles in their own habitat, pigs roaming wild and water buffaloes converging on the edges of the floodplains.

Run Off Barramundi Safari Details
Run-Off Barramundi Fishing on Neap Tides
Run Off Barramundi Fishing on Spring Tides.


Mark with his barramundi
Northern Territory Barra

Our guides have extensive knowledge of Northern Territory fishing localities and their waters and will demonstrate great local knowledge to ensure that your group will be at the right place at the right time for that trophy fish that you have dreamed of. 
They work as a team in these remote localities to ensure best coverage and knowledge is used to ensure greater catch percentages, as well as safety and security of each other, whilst on the water.

fighting barramundi
Fighting Barramundi
fighting barramundi

Book your group with the guide who built the business, runs the business, is the Head Guide for the business and has over 20 years of experience fishing NT waters and trains his staff to an extremely high standard.

A testimonial from one of our many satisfied customers;


barra caught in April 2012

Thanks Ian and Darwin Barra Base for a great and successful fishing trip.

I have previously tried barra fishing twice before without success, but on my first day with you guys I caught a "103cm" barra, on the second day I caught a "112 cm " barra and then several smaller barras on the other days.

Thanks again for a great time and I will certainly be recommending Darwin Barra Base to my friends
Alan McGrath

We run our own B&B Lodge here in Darwin, only 5 mins from Darwin Airport. There are enormous benefits to booking your accommodation with us prior to, and after your 2013 Barra Run Off Safari; These are:

  • Have your Darwin accommodation on arrival and on return to Darwin with the business that guides you on the Safari at Shady Camp;
  • Courtesy Bus pick up from the Darwin Airport if you arrive prior to 8pm;
  • Guestroom accommodation with Ensuite, and separate function dining room for clients;
  • All fishing clients receive 20% off overnight room rates for any accommodation prior to and after the Safari.
  • Clients frozen fish fillets are stored in our freezer = Great Client Service, that most Motels/Plazas in Darwin will not do.
  • Down load of all clients camera pictures onto computer for safety and possible marketing with Darwin's Barra Base Website, Facebook.
  • Printing off and laminating A4 size photos for clients trophy fish catches for instant show & tell to friends and family and anyone that will listen to you showing off your Metre-plus Barramundi, Threadfin Salmon or Black Jewfish.
  • Great Hospitality, Great Guiding, and Just Fantastic Fishing.
  • Just Remember To Bring Your Camera and 5 Good Jokes.


Darwins Barra Base Home Contact Information;

FREE CALL: 1800 777 420
email: Click here to email Darwin's Barra Base.

mail : 2 Todd Crescent Malak NT 0812
phone: +61 8 8945 0376
fax : +61 8 8945 0379

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Safari Specials

2015 Barra Run Off dates now available
(Feb to April 2015) Don't miss this exciting time on the Barramundi Fishing Calendar as the massive run off of the wet season floods provides exceptional fishing.

Barra to Sailfish
May to Dec. 2014

We have had an awesome year so far catching some meter plus Barra during the Run Off and would really like this to continue. We would love to take you out fishing and make your trip a memorable one!
Please see our amazing Barra to Sailfish Pelagics Bluewater 2014 Itinerary. This includes all the latest seat availability and start dates for the upcoming Safaris available.

BARRA TO SAILFISH BLUEWATER PELAGICS SAFARIS NOW AT A REDUCED RATE OF $625 PER PERSON PER DAY!!! FREE MOOGULLY SHIRT INCLUDED!!!


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BARRA to SAILFISH & PELAGICS BLUEWATER FISHING SAFARI anchored @ Daly River Mouth
Anth & Dani's Big Trip Anth & Dani "What an amazing trip, we had tried all types of fishing from rivers, deep channels, poppers, bait fishing, trolling and lure fishing. We were amazed at the variety of fish and beauty of the place. Special thanks to Allan and Heather for their hospitality, we highly recommend Darwin's Barra Base if you are coming to the Territory"

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2014 Barra Run Off Safaris

Increased Limit of 3 Barra per person per day for the Mary River, including Shady Camp, has been announced.
Booking seats now will avoid missing a place on a 2014 Barra Run Off Safari with Darwins Barra Base. Now four great purpose built boats allow more people to experience the fantastic barramundi fishing available during the February to May Barra Run Off season in the Northern Territory. Read more...

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