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Darwin fishing

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Think of Darwin, think barramundi fishing. Getaway reporter Ben Dark loves both and was very excited about going on a fishing trip to the Top End.

He linked up with Darwin local Darren, who owns and runs Darren’s Northern Territory Barra Safaris and Vanderlin Island Sportfishing. Darren offers enthusiasts the opportunity to discover the wetlands, billabongs, inland rivers and coastal estuaries of the Northern Territory while in pursuit of the elusive barramundi. He also offers remote island fishing in the Gulf of Carpentaria’s pristine waters, where you can catch up to 26 species of fish.

Apart from barramundi, they look for black jewfish, threadfin salmon, Spanish mackerel, tuna, golden snapper and mud crabs, at the same time treating you to some pretty terrific sights.

Darren’s boat is comfortable and stable, seven metres long and custom built for barra fishing. It has a 200hp outboard, swivel seats with eight positions and a large casting deck for the fly fisherman.

There is a maximum of four per boat for barra charters and six for blue water charters.

You travel in their registered tourist vehicle, (which means it is subjected to stringent government standards) in air-conditioned comfort to your boat. They supply lunch, morning tea, fruit, drinks, juices and muesli bars. Given prior notification, they can cater for special dietary requirements.

You need to take a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, insect repellant, light and cool protective clothing, camera and your sense of humour.

Apart from thoroughly enjoying the Mary River and ocean fishing, Ben was overwhelmed by Reidy’s Lures at Humpty Doo. Jeff Reidy makes the colourful lures from quality plastic using injection moulding techniques and has run his business for more than 20 years. He can advise you on exactly what you need for your fishing excursion.

It is advisable to always be with someone who has excellent knowledge of the area, as there are crocodiles.


The Mary River and out to sea around Darwin.

For more information & cost

Darren’s Northern Territory Barra Safaris run out of Darwin. Day trips are $250 per person and overnight trips are $450 per person. They operate year round, weather permitting.
Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.

Darren’s Northern Territory Barra Safaris
PO Box 1017
Nightcliff 0814
Ph: (08) 8985 4374, 0418 847 867
Fax: 08 8985 5317

Reidy’s Lures Pty Ltd
PMB 148
Winnellie 0821
Ph: (08) 8988 4760

Qantas: 13 13 13

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