Fishing in the Northern Territory

Fishing in the Northern Territory is world class and there are many diverse fishing habitats on offer; lush billabongs, big tidal rivers, mangrove-lined estuaries, a scattering of islands and hundreds of kilometres of unspoilt coastline.

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The pristine coastal waters are where some of the best tropical Barramundi Fishing action in the world takes place. The Run Off waters that occurs during the Run Off months of Feb, Mar, Apri and early May during and after the Wet Season rains brings the larger female Saltwater Barramundi in for spawning and coastal feeding. The tropical humid warm weather & strong tidal & runoff water flows keeps the Barra on the bite. This period is called the: Barra Run Off Fishing Season; and is a Must Do for all visitors to the Top End. Either by completing a One Day Barra Fishing Trip whilst you are in town or by completing a 2-6 Days Barra Run Off Fishing Safari (need to book 3-6 months in advance) for Extended Safaris, with an available operator, like Darwins Barra Base Fishing Safaris.

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Shady Camp - Chambers & Finke Bay; One Day Trips & Extended Safaris have you fishing the pristine run off waters of the Mary River System that flows into Chambers Bay, as well as the coastal creeks along 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, where pigs roam wild and water buffaloes converge on the edges of the floodplains. Commercial fish netting and live baiting is banned from this area, and the quality and quantity of Barra, Threadfin Salmon & Jewfish caught by Fishing Tour Operators and Recreational Fishing persons is World Famous.

Darwin Harbour is full of exotic fish but those seeking adventure can head into Arnhem Land, over to the Tiwi Islands, down to the Victoria or Daly rivers in the Katherine region or into the Gulf region for a truly unforgettable fishing expedition. Huge, wide rivers like the Daly and Victoria are prime Barra haunts, as are the networks of beautiful waterways found in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park and already mentioned Mary River area.

Northern Territory Fishing Group
Northern Territory Fishing Group

Dundee, Finniss River & Peron Islands. Fishing in this area is excellent and while Barramundi are most active from March to May, anglers can fish successfully for these nearly all year round. An awesome range of species from Barramundi to great Bluewater Sport and Reef fish, are caught in this area. Including Giant Trevally (GT), Queenfish, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Long Tail & Mack Tuna, Samson fish, Black Jewfish, Golden Snapper, Fingermark Snapper, Red Emperor, Grassy Emperor, Coral Trout, Gold Spot Cod, and don't forget our large Black Marlin and Sailfish.

You can hire a boat or bring your own, take a fully-guided fantastic One Day Fishing Trip whilst in town; or complete an Extended 2-6 Days Fishing Safari with a Fishing Tour Operator, staying at a remote fishing lodge or charter a Mothership - every type of angler and every type of experience is catered for when fishing in the Northern Territory.

There are international fishing operators who only use the Northern Territory for Australian fishing, which is testament to the quantity and quality of diverse fishing that we have here.

The Northern Territory is the perfect fishing destination, because due to its close proximity, keen anglers can experience a real challenge while others in the travelling party can relax and enjoy the attractions of the mainland.

3,4,5 & 6 Day Safaris

2016 Safari Start Dates and Availability
as at 20 April 2015;
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Green blocks indicate Neap Tides,  Blue blocks Spring Tides
Start Dates in Date Order In Rows Left to Right.
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Barra Run Off Safaris Jan & Feb 2016  Start Dates & Available Seats
3 Day 17th Jan
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Shady Camp Neaps
16
3 Day 20th Jan
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Shady Camp Neaps
16
3 Day 31st Jan
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Shady Camp Neaps
16
4 Day 3rd Feb
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Shady Camp Neaps
16
4 Day 10th Feb
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Shady Camp Neaps
16
3 Day 16th Feb
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Shady Camp Neaps
16
3 Day 20th Feb
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Shady Camp Neaps
16
4 Day 27th Feb
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Shady Camp Neaps
8
4 Day 27th Feb
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Shady Camp Neaps
8

Barra Run Off Safaris March 2016  Start Dates & Available Seats
3 Day 1st March
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Shady Camp Neaps
8
5 Day 2nd March
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Shady Camp Neaps
8
3 Day 5th March
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Shady Camp Neaps
8
5 Day 10th March
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Shady Camp Neaps
8
4 Day 5th March
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Shady Camp Neaps
8
3 day 17th March
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Shady Camp Neaps
8
3 Day 17th March
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Shady Camp Neaps
8
3 Day 20th March
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Shady Camp Neaps
8
3 Day 20th March
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Shady Camp Neaps
8
3 Day 25th March
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Shady Camp Springs
8
3 Day 25th March
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Shady Camp Springs
8
5-6 Day 30th March
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Shady Camp Neaps
8
3 Day 30th March
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Shady Camp Springs
8
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Barra Run Off Safaris April 2016  Start Dates & Available Seats
2 Day 1st April
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Shady Camp Neaps
8
4 Day 3rd April
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Shady Camp Neaps
8
3-5 Day 7th April
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Shady Camp Springs
8
3 Day 8th April
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Shady Camp Springs
8
4 Day 14th April
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Shady Camp Neaps
8
4 Day 14th April
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Shady Camp Neaps
8
4 Day 17th April
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Shady Camp Neaps
8
4 Day 17th April
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Shady Camp Neaps
8
4 Day 23rd April
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Shady Camp Springs
8
4 Day 23rd April
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Shady Camp Springs
8
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Abbreviations
B&BFS
- Barra and Bluewater Fishing Safari.
Barra FS
- Barra Fishing Safari
BPxRFS
- Bluewater Pelagics & Reef Fishing Safaris
BU–B&BFS
- Build Up-Barra & Bluewater Fishing Safari

Green numeral (12) indicates seats available.
Orange ( 2 ) indicates limited seats on existing safaris.
Red Zero (0)indicates fully booked
Can cater up to 16 Person Fishing Safari Group anytime if needed. (4 per boat)


Book with Allan and Heather Beale - Darwin's Barra Base Fishing Safaris (08) 8948 0376

Now with 4 Fantastic Custom Built Guide Boats

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Fighting Barramundi

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(Feb to April 2016) 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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