Welcome to everything about Darwin Fishing Charters

If you are visiting Darwin and love fishing as much as we do, then why not join a Darwin fishing charter adventure. You can contact an expert team of local Territorians to organise a fantastic fishing experience tailored to suit your specific needs and budget.

You can fish for the legendary “barra” in some of the Northern Territory’s spectacular rivers; catch famous Territory muds and see crocodiles and birds in their natural habitat. You can also do a bluewater charter, deep sea reef fishing or challenge your skills on a sport fishing charter. The options for fishing around Darwin are just about as good as it gets anywhere in Australia.

The team at Dundee Beach Fishing Charters are well renowned as one of the best operators in Darwin and have a good reputation for delivering results for their clients.


Below are all the other fishing charter companies we know of in Darwin.

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WWW Phone Number Book Now 1/2 DayTour Full DayTour 2+Days
Arafura Blue Water Charters www (08) 8932 3006 n/a $149 $350 Yes
Big Barra Fishing Safaris www (08) 8932 1473 n/a No Yes Yes
Cannon Charters www (02) 4423 4125 n/a No No Yes
Daly Barra Busters www 0487 244 421 n/a No Yes Yes
Darren’s Northern Territory Barra Safaris www 0418 847867 n/a No Yes Yes
Darwin Barra Fishing Tours www (08) 8931 0031 n/a No Yes Yes
Darwin Bluewater Charters www 0418 859686 n/a No No Yes
Darwin Fishing Office www (08) 8941 6122 n/a $140 $260 $1150
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters www (08) 8986 7207 n/a $160 $260 No
Darwin Red Devil Charters www 0437 166334 n/a $130 $250 No
Darwin Reef ‘N’ Wrecks www (08) 8941 6122 n/a $130 $250 $1150
Darwin’s Barra Base www (08) 8945 0376 n/a No Yes Yes
DNA Barra Fishing www (08) 8932 4219 n/a No Yes Yes
Equinox Fishing Charters www (08) 8942 2199 n/a Yes Yes Yes
Ezy Duz Fishing Charters www 0407 977450 n/a No Yes Yes
Fish Darwin www (08) 8985 5898 n/a $130 $3000 $940
Fish the Top End www (08) 8945 7686 n/a from $135 from $240 from $1200pp
Hotspot Fishing Tours www (08) 8983 1544 n/a No $250 $450pd
Hully’s Fishing Tours www 0422 238525 n/a No Yes No
Humbug Fishing www 0438 026873 n/a No Yes Yes
Labelle Fishing Tours www (08) 8978 2330 n/a Yes Yes Yes
Melville Island Lodge www (08) 8978 3664 n/a No Yes $2695
Munupi Wilderness Lodge www (08) 8978 3783 n/a No Yes Yes
N.T. Fishing Office www (08) 8985 6333 n/a $90 $165 $1440
Obsession Fishing Safaris www 0439 816931 n/a No Yes No
Ocean Express www (08) 8945 7686 n/a No No $4500
Paradice Fishing Tours www (08) 8975 9705 n/a No $500 No
Point Stuart Wilderness Lodge www (08) 8978 8914 n/a No Yes Yes
Reel Screamin Barra Fishing www 0427 474 434 n/a No Yes Yes
River & Reef Fishing Charters www 08 89457686 n/a No $300 Yes
Shoal Bay Sportsfishing Tours www 08 89834034 n/a $180 Yes Yes
Territory Fishing Tours www ? n/a ? ? ?
Territory Guided Fishing www 0432 011 295 n/a ? $300 $600
Top End Barra Fishing www (08) 8983 2280 n/a No $285 Yes
Untamed Fishing Adventures www 0431 141748 n/a No $300 $585pd
Viv’s Barramundi & Sportsfishing Safaris www 0428 877607 n/a No No Yes
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Trip Length – We understand that a ½ day Darwin harbour sunset cruise is totally different from a ½ days dawn Barra trip so these prices are what the fishing charter companies want listed. So it is a little hard to compare so go into the fishing charters company webpage for more details.

Reel Screamin Barra Fishing – Darwin, Australia


Reel Screamin Barra Fishing are based in Darwin, Australia and offer a variety of Barra Fishing Safaris in the Northern Territory. You can Get more details here
You can book online or see their availability on the calendar below.

Everything you need to know about Fishing and Fishing Charters in the Darwin area is being added to this site. Everything from the types of fish caught in the area, the weather, the fishing charters and even the accommodation and hire car opportunities. If you feel that something is missing then just contact us and we will get it all there.

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Darwin Fish

This article lists the top ten fish you might catch in Darwin, Australia, as well as gives you a brief overview of a few that have a reputation for being a prize catch.

Darwin is a popular fishing destination that is considered by some to offer the best fishing in Australia. Not only is the area flowing with beauty, there are hundreds of different fish species lurking beneath the waters.

When you launch your boat off the dock in Darwin, you can expect great fishing opportunities. Whether you’re an experienced fisherman or plan to charter a boat using a guide, the marine life is plentiful, almost guaranteeing a successful adventure. But what fish are you likely to catch?

Barramundi (Giant Perch)

There is one type of fish in particular that fishermen yearn to catch. It’s known as the Giant Perch, or the Barramundi. They’re found in several bodies of water around Darwin, depending on the season, and can be caught in large numbers. Although, they’re known to be combatant, this adds a little excitement to the undertaking.

Golden Snapper

Another fish that is popular among fishermen is the Golden Snapper. It’s sweet to the palate but is also known to hold its own. It’s a large fish that can provide a small feast, but it’s the challenge in the catch that gets sportsmen excited.

Black Jewfish

These fish are known as tough fighters. They are considered a real prize since they can be tricky to hook. They have a reputation of putting up a struggle and moving into catchy rock formations to escape being caught.

What other species of fish can be caught In Darwin?

Although there are hundreds of different fish to be caught in Darwin, the following are some of the more common species:

  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Coral Trout
  • Golden Snapper
  • Tuna
  • Giant Trevally
  • Queenfish
  • Cobia

The list doesn’t stop at the ten species of fish mentioned in this article. Darwin has an abundance of marine life, so visit soon and bring your appetite…for adventure, and for fish!


Barramundi – well that’s the main reason people go on charters in the Northern Territory and it is so popular that there are even fishing competitions like the “Barra Nationals” in April/May. One of the biggest problems with going for Barra is the weather. When the wet season is in full swing getting access to the areas famed for Barramundi can be hard to nearly impossible. Most of the fishing charter companies operate all year round because there are opportunities but like everything the best starts with the run off (when the water leaves the land) at the start of the dry season.

Barramundi are a famous fighting fish best caught on lines with lures, nets don’t work so well in fresh water streams and there is nothing quite like the one on one fight. Being harder to catch makes it more fun and the bigger the better. Every fisherman will certainly make sure everyone knows if he gets one over 1m!

From a more geeky point of view I prefer to eat Barramundi caught in the ocean as they don’t have that “muddy” taste. Also Barra caught yourself tastes 100 times better than when it is caught by others. That said it is not the best fish out there but there is a real reputation around Australia about how good they are for eating but that is not my opinion. I also read that Australia actually imports Barra due to the restaurant demand. Unlike in shops restaurants don’t need to say where the Barra has come from!

Food for thought but nothing beats a BBQ barra at your camp with a cold beer – especially if it is over 1m and caught by yourself. End of dream…back to work.

Darwin Fishing Report

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Fishing Shady Camp


Fishing Shady Camp (Northern Territory) Opening – 1 February 2011

When I first fished the Northern Territory in 1999 and caught my first Barra (a 68cm in Howard River, Shoal Bay), it didn’t take me long to work out that the holy grail of Barra is to join what’s commonly known as ‘The Meter Club’ and catch a wild Barra equal to or over one meter in length. In the years that followed I vividly recall catching Barra in the 90’s, the biggest being 98cm at Clear Creek on the Daly River in 2001, you see, these are significant moments in the life of an angler which can be recalled with great accuracy and fond memory. I forget people’s birthdays, but I recall all these fish.

When I mentioned to a few mates that I’d be joining the queue of boats heading to Shady Camp (on the Mary River system) for the annual opening of the season, I got mixed reactions. “Too much water mate”, one said and “We did no good there last year at that time”, another offered. I didn’t care for two reasons – first, I saw fish being caught there last year at the same time, and secondly, I had already told my wife that this was the day I would get a meter Barra. As her eyes rolled, I hooked the boat up and headed for Shady Camp with a couple of good mates. A few hours later, we launched under a spectacular rainbow and a flood of water indicative of the Northern Territory wet season.

Shady Camp, as the name suggests, has very little shade and is situated on the Mary River system, a vast expanse of wetland and flood plain swarming with bird and wildlife, dotted in man made barrages and home to one of the most prolific Barramundi populations in Australia. It also boasts the highest population of saltwater (or Estuarine) crocodiles per square meter, in the word. It is a part of the Northern Territory I love being in, regardless of the catch.

For the locals reading this post, we launched at the car park around 7:15am with a view to fishing the top (that is, between the first and third barrages). This plan was quickly discarded with the water roaring over the main barrage making trolling anywhere in the first few kilometres impossible. The road in was pretty good, a bit rough towards the middle few kilometres and clearly not graded at this stage.

To the mouth it was, and the 45 minute journey towards the ocean was an easy one as we spotted the usual healthy population of crocodiles, birds (some huge eagles and Jabirus) and an amazing number of water borne snakes. A few casts along the way at some run-off in the final third of the river (before the mouth) and a good session, although no fish boated, at a creek about 5kms from the mouth. Interestingly, a few gatherings of passing bait fish, some birds ready for feeding, and a clearly knowledgeable crocodile suggested that this creek was ready to fire with Barra. Observing nature is worth so much, and on this occasion, lead to the inevitable conclusion of Barra boofing, a dropped 65cm fish, plenty of hits but none in the boat. It passed very quickly, and as the tide ran out, we concluded that that the bait and Barra were running with it towards the mouth.

As we continued towards the mouth of Sampan Creek, we started to theorise about exactly where the 25 boats, belonging to the 25 trailers and cars in the car park at launching, were fishing. Expecting to see most of them at the mouth, we were surprised to see only three. It didn’t take long to figure out (by chatting to other fishos) that most were around the corner at Tommycut Creek, a handful were midway between the mouth and the boat ramp, and some were trying the other coastal creeks. One of the hardest parts of fishing for Barra is to undertake proper research to match the time of year and the tides, come up with a plan, and then stick to that plan. Our agreed plan was simple, namely, troll the Sampan Creek mouth over the turn of the low tide, and then leave. This was especially pertinent as one of my mates had negotiated his ‘leave pass’ by agreeing to a rough return time. As we know, brownie points are hard earned and wasting them on late returns without fish is like paying interest on a credit card.

The day was tough and extremely hot on the water. Two and a half hours trolling around the mouth with not even a hit and plenty of sunburn. As other boats started to come in from the coastal creeks, the fact that they were stopping for a chat indicated that not much was happening. We spoke to most, and very few managed any fish. We trolled the turn of the low and decided to call it a day. As with all fishing trips where nothing is caught, the conversation during the trip back to the boat ramp revolved around how nice the nature was, how good it was to be out of the office for a day, and how ‘a bad day’s fishing is better than a good day at work’ – it’s the comfort food equivalent for fishos, we all do it, we all get it.

As we motored back from the mouth, a few kilometres up the river I couldn’t help noticing a creek which was echoed on the GPS by another series of creeks. “Lets have a look”, I suggested. On first look, it presented like a textbook Barra fishing scenario. We had left the turn of the tide at the mouth, the low was therefore pushing back upstream, and there was the most distinct of colour changes showing across this creek. On one side, tannin water and on the other, the dirty tidal waters of a mid-wet season. It was worth a go.

After commencing the slow troll it was a matter of minutes before I felt the hardest hit on the largest sized green Bomber lure. It didn’t jump, it just rolled over showing a massive thick back and a paddle tail the size of a dinner plate. As the driver of the boat, I slipped it into neutral and started to fight what I thought was an 80 or 85cm fish. It ran hard, and headed straight for a snag behind the boat. Throwing trust to the knot, braid and leader, I locked the reel up and reefed the head of this massive fish around and back towards the boat. One mate, Davis, had the net ready. The other mate, Bernd, had the rest of the boat (and me) under a calming control.

As I continued to fight this fish, the brute force was incredible. On its run, the fish felt unstoppable and as it approached the boat, it regained further strength. As I finally manoeuvred it away from the snag and around to the awaiting net, it swam on cue into the net. Davis started to lift the net by the handle and then it happened – the net broke at the handle under the strain of 28 kilograms of Barra weight.

When you get a fish in the net, it is usually a sign that the job is almost done and that the catch is finished, but not this time. The handle sank, and so too did the net with the Barra in it. In a reach of desperation, Davis leaned over the side of the boat, grabbed the net with two hands and hauled the net and fish over the stern and onto the deck. I’m not sure whether it was the crocodile populated river or the fact that he knew it was a meter Barra that motivated him to act so quickly, either way, he saved my meter fish.

Still shaking from the whole event, I managed to free the hooks and lift this monster of a 111cm Barra up for a few quick photos. All Barra this size should be released, wherever they are caught. This was a big breeder, probably over 7 or 8 years old, and clearly ready to breed again. We released ‘My Shady Lady’ with very little need for swimming, and completely unharmed.

I ran a marathon last year, a life goal. It felt very satisfying and it was an achievement. I compare catching this meter plus Barra with that experience, both being adrenaline filled experiences that not everyone gets to experience. They take will, and perseverance, and when accomplished, they feel great.

The trip back to the boat ramp felt like the angler’s avenue of glory, and when we chatted to Northern Territory Barra legend, Col Cordingly, on the way back to the ramp, and he congratulated me on breaking the meter mark, I felt sensational.

There’s something about fishing I just love. We worked so hard casting and trolling that river for no result. After 7 hours on the water, and on a gut feeling, we explored a small creek on the way back to the boat ramp. In a heartbeat, a slow day then turned to pandemonium.

Like life, fishing is an unpredictable venture, and that keeps it interesting. Like running a marathon (as many have) for fun or as a mere personal challenge, when you catch your first meter Barra (as many have), you only compete against yourself. That said, there is a sense of comfort in knowing that my two good mates who joined the club a year ago, can now rest assured that my meter fish was bigger than theirs…Tight lines….