Bluewater Mothership Safari

A Bluewater Mothership based safari chasing Saltwater Barramundi, Sailfish and Pelagics cuts out long daily travel times and keeps you fishing for days at a time.

5 DAY MOTHERSHIP-BARRA to SAILFISH PELAGICS BLUEWATER FISHING SAFARI anchored @ Daly River Mouth
$750 Per person per day. DATES Are: 26th to 30th May 2014
Book Early Last Two Years have been Fantastic

Benefits of Mothership Accommodation Safaris Anchored at Daly River

Allan Beale with a Spanish Mackerel
Allan Beale, with one of his captures
while chartering a crew from Victoria.

The vessel is based at the mouth of the Daly River, to assist you to gain a great fishing berth at the mouth of the coastal creeks along the length of the Daly River especially Clear Creek. Also this is only 30 minute boat ride up to Peron Islands, Bateman Shoal and a little further to the tremendous fishing grounds wide of North Peron Island and Sail City. This allowing you, the great advantage to hook and land that trophy Barra, Spanish Mackeral, Queenfish, Snapper, Coral Trout or those big Black Jewfish.

Mothership at Daly River
Mothership at Daly River

Mother ship accommodation breaks down the fatigue factor, 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 Daly River or Dundee Boat Ramps. Plus allows you to gain possible night time Jew fishing out at Peron Islands or at the mouth of Daly River bay reefs, plus giving you that great remote fishing experience in the heart of one of the best mid season fishing river locations in Northern Territory. Daly River is world famous for the quantity and quality of 70 to Metre-plus Barra landed over neap and spring tides during the late April - June period. It is where the Barra Nationals and Barra Classic have been held since conception some 28 years now, and mostly in late April and May.

Allan Beale with a Spanish Mackerel
Darwins Barra Base boats
get you to the fish.

Read Jarrod Day's report on a safari with Darwins Barra Base to get a feel for the excitement that days of non-stop fishing can bring.
As Jarrod says;" Allan's, the type of salty that has been fishing for years and knows his waterway like the back of his hand; better yet he knows where all the good ishing is and still gets just as excited, as a first time angler the minute a fish s hooked up."

Happy anglers display their catches on the beach
Happy anglers display their catches on the beach after
a successful day's fishing in the Darwin area.

Fly in Day (25th May 2014)
Depart Home state flights arranged by self (times TBA). Arrive Darwin and transfer to Motel Accommodation in town. 4WD pick up from Mantra on Esplanade at 5.30pm free transfer to Darwins Barra Base B&B Lodge at 2 Todd Cres Malak.

Transfer Day to Mother ship and 1st Day Safari (26th May 2014) Travel early in the morning down to Channel Point near Peron Islands arriving approx 8.00am at Boat Ramp, transfer luggage & drinks to HumBug support Boat which transfer them back to the Yarramundi Mothership. We repack guide boats with esky & lunches, to go out for a full days Bluewater fishing chasing the almighty Spanish Mackeral and Sailfish @ Sail City. Returning to Mothership at the mouth of Daly River as tides are mid-way running out for good Barra fishing at approx 3pm. We will travel down towards Daly River along the coast with an outgoing tide casting to the mouths of creeks. Returning back to Yarramundi to unload boats and fillet fish. Bag the fish place in freezers, and take on late afternoon drinks, showers prior to evening relaxation, preparation & cooking of meal & overnight accommodation.

2nd - 4th Day (27th to 29th May 2014)
Up early depending on tides to get to the best location. This may mean taking breakfast with us, 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; and Red Throat Emperors and Coral Trout. Or spending the day chasing Sailfish, Spanish Mackeral, Queenfish. Most just smile their heads off whilst holding up 20lb, 30 and 40lb plus Pelagics, like Spanish Mackerel, Queenfish and Northern Blue, Mack or Long Tail Tuna. The bonus is landing 1.5 to 2.72m Sailfish off North Peron, Bateman Shoal or Sail City. An awesome experience, for all persons on board. How many times will your PB’s be broken is the next question?

Returning back to the Mother ship, either during the middle of the day for a rest or at the end of the day. Clean, refuel and prepare boat for next day. Down a couple of coldies, 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 Palmerston Island in the Daly River, or at Chanel Point at Peron Island.

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

5th Day (30th May 2014)
Up again early breakfast and out fishing to get that best spot or if the incoming tide is later pack up clothing and bags tidy cabins, place luggage fuel drums etc in Humbug support boat, and travel along coats and fish Docketys Creek for Barra & Queenies. Meet support boat at Channel Point Boat Ramp at approx 3pm after fishing the last hour or two at Channel Point for Jewies.

Repack guide boats with bags & food containers & fuel drums etc from Humbug Support Boat. Drive boats onto trailers and drive out. Reload cars with eskies , bags etc and place on boat covers & prepare for return trip to Darwins Barra Base B&B Lodge in Darwin. Returning back there approx 7pm for, swim, rest, drink and prepare for evening take away meal. Usually this is Pizza or Chinese as we are busy unpacking cars, boats putting fish in freezers. Down a couple of coldies, celebrate another fantastic fishing Safari check over photos, prepare Air transport fish boxes and rest.

6th Day (1st Jun 2014)
Fly out on the 5th Day preferably in the afternoon or stay over for extra Days at B & Band have days 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 Fish Fillets into our supplied approved flight freight boxes approximately 2.5 hours before your flight departure Prize photos are printed off and laminated for instant bragging on your return home to all mates and family.

Please View our 3 x 10 Minute U Tube Videos on our last 3 Day Barra to Sailfish Pelagics Bluewater Fishing Safari with Mark Berg and Darwin’s Barra Base

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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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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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