Barramundi Fishing
Mothership Safari

This Barramundi Fishing Mothership Safari keeps you on the water at the Mary River fishing for Barramundi, Black Jewfish, Golden Snapper and more.

1 metre Barramundi
1 metre Barramundi
A photo
every fisherman would love.

7.5m barramundi boat
A new 7.5m boat provides
more Barra Run Off seats.


The Mothership is based at the mouth of the Mary River, to assist you to gain a great fishing berth at the mouth of the coastal creeks of Chambers Bay and Finke Bay, giving you that additional advantage to hook and land the Trophy Barra of a life time.

Mothership accommodation breaks down the fatigue factor on Run-offs, allowing you more fishing time, and more rest time doing away with the travel time from land based accommodation lodges and boating time from the Shady Camp Boat Ramp.
Plus this allows you to gain possible night time Jew fishing out at Chambers and Finke bay reefs, plus giving you that great remote fishing experience in the heart of one of the best run-off fishing locations in Northern Territory. Shady Camp is world famous for the quantity and quality of Metre-plus Barra landed over the neap and spring tides during the run-off.

Typical Itinerary for a 6 Day safari

Fly in Day
Depart Home state flights arranged by self (times TBA). Arrive Darwin and transfer to Darwin's Barra Base. Courtesy Bus pick up from airport free if arrive before 7.30pm, if after get a taxi to 2 Todd Cres Malak. First night and last night accommodation at B&B is free.

Darwin Barra Base catch

Transfer Day to Mother ship and 1st Day Safari
Travel early 4.30am in the morning arriving approx 6.30am at Boat Ramp, transfer luggage & fuel to Mothership support boat at Boat Ramp. Pack boat with esky & lunch etc, to go out for a full days Barra fishing with Darwin's Barra Base chasing the almighty Saltwater Barra. Returning to Mothership for at the mouth of Sampan Creek as tides peter out for good barra fishing. Clean boats and fillet fish. Bag the fish place in freezers, and take on afternoon rest, drinks and food prior to late afternoon/evening fishing. Returning back to Mothership for evening relaxation, meal & overnight accommodation.

2nd - 5th Day
Up early depending on tides to beat other guides and fishos to the best location. This may mean taking breakfast with us, then coming back after the run out has completed for lunch and out again in the afternoon to get to the right spot to do that Barra fishing, or chasing and pulling up the freight train of the sea, those metre-plus Black Jewfish, or pulling up 7-8Kg Golden Snappers. Most just smile their heads off whilst holding up 30lb, 40lb, or 50lb plus Big Slapper Barramundi's. Your challenge is to hook them and land 'em.

night time barra catch

Returning back to the Mother ship, either during the middle of the day for a rest or at the end of the day. Clean and prepare boat for next day. Down a couple of coldies at the bar, shower, rest up and prepare for the evening meal, have a few more drinks & sleep.

Depending on the tidal influence and the weather we may also complete night Jewfish fishing out the front of Sampan Creek, or for those interested a Croc Spotting tour with our boats spotlights.

fighting fish

Fantastic Fishing in Great Guide Boats with Experienced Guides in Comfortable Accommodation.

6th Day
Up again early to get that best spot or if the incoming tide is later pack up clothing and bags tidy cabins, place luggage in storage. Early breakfast and out fishing, returning back to Mothership approx 2 to 3pm. Refresh and pack boat with bags ready for return trip to Darwins Barra Base B&B Lodge in Darwin. Returning back to Darwins Barra Base approx 6 -7pm for, swim, rest, drink and prepare for evening take away meal. Usually this is Pizza or Chinese as we are busy unpacking cars putting fish in fridges, possibly cleaning cars and refuelling if we need to go back out the next day.

Allan with Barra

6th - 7th Day
Fly out midnight of 6th Day or stay over for 7th Day at B&B and have day off (sleep in & relax) - own arrangements around Darwin, fly back to home state or stay at our B&B and sight see our Northern Territory (flights arranged by self). Always remember to start packing your frozen Barra Fish Fillets into our supplied approved flight freight boxes approximately 2.5 hours before your flight departure.
Also all photos taken by all the clients of your trip are collated and burnt onto a DVD for you to take home. Prize photos are printed off and laminated for instant bragging on your return home to all mates and family.

Danny Kelf’s First Barra 129cm 60+ Lb
First Barramundi !
129cm for Danny Kelf

A very nice Barra
Russell Ferguson's
108cm Barramundi

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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.

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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!
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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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Increased Limit of 3 Barra per person per day for the Mary River, including Shady Camp, has been announced.
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Your hosts – Heather and Allan Beale have lived in Darwin for over two decades. They know the Territory and pride themselves on making every visitor feel a special part of their family.