Northern Territory barramundi fishing guides

Every year North Australian FISH FINDER publishes a list of its recommended NT, NQ and northern WA barramundi fishing guides, bluewater charters, boat hires, and accommodation suitable for visiting fishermen.

Bookmark this page if you are planning a northern fishing holiday.

Here’s the 2019 list …

Darwin and NT boat hire services ….
Barra Boat Hire …. details here.
Darwin Boat Hire …. details here.
Top End Boat Hire …. details here.
Outback Boat Hire …. details here.
Corroboree Boat Hire …. details here.
Offshore Boat Hire …. details here.
Mary River Houseboats …. details here.
Katherine Boats and Floats …. details here.
Mixed Bag Boat Hire …. details here.

Bluewater fishing charters out of Darwin ….
Arafura Bluewater Charters …. details here.
Equinox Charters …. details here.

Barramundi fishing guides out of Darwin ….
Spring Tide Fishing Safaris …. details here.
Darwin North Australia (DNA) Barramundi Fishing Tours …. details here.
Darwin Barra and Crab …. details here.
Obsession Fishing Safaris …. details here.
Insight Fly Fishing …. details here.
Daly River Barra Resort …. details here.

Aerial tours with fishing ….
Outback Floatplane Adevntures …. details here.
Helifish …. details here.
Remote NT charters ….
Cobourg Fishing Safaris …. details here.
Cannon Charters …. details here.

Accommodation for people fishing out of Darwin ….
Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront …. details here.
Alatai Holiday Apartments …. details here.
Argus Apartments Darwin …. details here.
Argus Hotel Darwin …. details here.
Bali Studio …. details here.
BeachLife Apartments …. details here.
BIG4 Howard Springs Holiday Park …. details here.
C2 Esplanade Service Apartments …. details here.
Cardona Crt …. details here.
Casa on Gregory …. details here.
Chillis Backpackers …. details here.
Chique Chaque …. details here.
City Gardens Apartments …. details here.
Club Tropical Resort Darwin …. details here.
Coconut Grove Holiday Apartments …. details here.
Crab Claw Island Resort …. details here.
Crocodilly Inn …. details here.
Crocs on Cavenagh …. details here.
Crown Point on Cullen …. details here.
Cullen Bay Luxury Suites …. details here.
Cullen Bay Resorts …. details here.
Darwin Central Hotel …. details here.
Darwin City B&B …. details here.
Darwin City Chic@Kube Apartments …. details here.
Darwin City Edge Motel & Suites …. details here.
Darwin City Hotel …. details here.
Darwin City Point Hotel (Poinciana Inn) …. details here.
Darwin Deluxe Apartments …. details here.
Darwin Esplanade Escape …. details here.
Darwin Executive Stay …. details here.
Darwin Executive Suites & FREE CAR …. details here.
Darwin holiday home …. details here.
Darwin Waterfront Apartments …. details here.
Darwin Waterfront Luxury Suites …. details here.
Darwin Wharf Escape Holiday Apartments …. details here.
Discovery Parks Darwin …. details here.
DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin …. details here.
DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin …. details here.
Down Under Hostels …. details here.
Eagles Nest Waterfront Retreat …. details here.
Frogs-Hollow Backpackers …. details here.
Frontier Hotel Darwin …. details here.
H Hotel …. details here.
H on Mitchell Apartment Hotel …. details here.
Heritage Apartment …. details here.
Hidden Valley Holiday Park Darwin …. details here.
Hilton Darwin …. details here.
HiWay Inn Motel …. details here.
Jewell Apartment …. details here.
Kakadu @ the Kube (Darwin City) …. details here.
La Marina Waterfront Villa …. details here.
Luma Luma Holiday Apartments …. details here.
Mandalay Luxury Stay …. details here.
Mantra on The Esplanade …. details here.
Mantra Pandanas …. details here.
Marrakai Apartments …. details here.
Melaleuca on MitchellDarwin YHA …. details here.
Mercure Darwin Airport Resort …. details here.
Metro Advance Apartments & Hotel …. details here.
Novotel Darwin Airport …. details here.
Novotel Darwin CBD …. details here.
Oaks Elan Darwin …. details here.
One30 Esplanade …. details here.
Palms City Resort …. details here.
Parap Village Apartments …. details here.
Paravista Motel …. details here.
Peninsular Apartments …. details here.
Pips Esplanade Hideaway …. details here.
Quality Hotel Darwin Airport …. details here.
Quest Berrimah …. details here.
Quest PalmerstonDarwin …. details here.
Quest Parap …. details here.
Ramada Suites Zen Quarter …. details here.
RNR Serviced Apartments …. details here.
Rydges Palmerston …. details here.
Saltwater Suites …. details here.
Seabreeze on Nightcliff …. details here.
Sky View …. details here.
Skycity Darwin …. details here.
Skytower Central …. details here.
Sunset on Nightcliff …. details here.
The Bali House …. details here.
The Cavenagh …. details here.
The Leprechaun Resort …. details here.
The Lookout …. details here.
Travelodge Resort Darwin …. details here.
Value Inn …. details here.
Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront …. details here.
Villa Frangipani …. details here.
Wagait Beach Bush Retreat …. details here.
Youth Shack Backpackers Darwin …. details here.

Accommodation for people fishing Bynoe Harbour ….
Crab Claw Island Resort …. details here.
Sandpalms Roadhouse …. details here.

Accommodation for people fishing the Adelaide River ….
Goat Island Lodge …. details here.
Mt Bundy Station …. details here.

Accommodation for people fishing Kakadu ….
Cooinda Lodge Kakadu …. details here.
Kakadu Lodge …. details here.
Mercure Kakadu Crocodile …. details here.
Aurora Kakadu …. details here.

Accommodation for people fishing out of Nhulunbuy ….
Bremer Island Banubanu Beach Retreat …. details here.
Walkabout Lodge …. details here.

Accommodation for people fishing out of Katherine ….
Cicada Lodge …. details here.
ibis Styles Katherine …. details here.
Katherine Motel …. details here.
Katherine River Lodge …. details here.
Knotts Crossing Resort …. details here.
Paraway Motel …. details here.
Pine Tree Motel …. details here.

Accommodation for people fishing the Daly River ….
Woolianna on the Daly …. details here.
Daly River Barra Resort …. details here.
Banyan Farm …. details here.

Accommodation for people fishing the Roper River ….
Roper Bar Caravan Park …. closed at publication, may reopen at date unknown.
Tomato Island Campground (Munbililla) only vans and tents …. details here.

Accommodation for people fishing the McArthur River ….
King Ash Bay Fishing Club …. details here.

Accommodation for people fishing the Mary River region ….
Corroboree Park Tavern …. details here.
Mary River Houseboats …. details here.
Mary River Wilderness Retreat …. details here.

Remote NT private camps ….
Wiligi Arnhem Land …. details here.
Cobourg Fishing Safaris …. details here.
Lorella Springs Station …. details here.
Limmen Fishing Camp …. on the Limmen Bight River has fuel, riverside camping and very basic accommodation 25km from the Savannah Way Cox River crossing. Ph 08 8975 9844.
Seven Emu Station …. details here.
Manangoora Station …. access to the Wearyan River, Gulf of Carpentaria and Vanderlin Island. Phone: 08 8975 9549.

Accommodation for people fishing out of Dundee Beach ….
Dundee Beach Holiday Park …. details here.
Mermaid Rest …. details here.
Rustic Retreat …. details here.
Skippers at Dundee …. details here.

Accommodation for people fishing out of Karumba in the Gulf of Carpentaria (NQ) ….
Ash’s Holiday Units …. details here.
End of the Road Motel …. details here.
Gee-Dee’s Family Cabins …. details here.
Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park …. details here.
Matildas End Holiday Units …. details here.
Riverside Karumba …. details here.

Accommodation for people fishing out of Weipa on Cape York Peninsula (NQ) ….
Anchorage Weipa …. details here.
Heritage Resort …. details here.

NSW stocked fishing hotspots

NSW has many stocked fishing waters, including trout and native fish.

Accessing a history of stocking events in each waterway is easy thanks to the government’s Google map. There are markers on all the stocked waters with a popup showing the stocking history.

Here’s a couple of screenshots below to give you the idea, and here’s a link to the government map …


Exmouth’s grander blue marlin

About 500 people gathered in Exmouth for the weigh-in of a 1089lb potential record blue marlin. Picture: Tackle World Exmouth
About 500 people gathered in Exmouth for the weigh-in of a 1089lb potential record blue marlin. Picture: Tackle World Exmouth

Exmouth is an amazing fishing destination, perhaps unique.

It was in the spotlight again this week after Peak Sportfishing landed Australia’s first grander blue marlin.

The fish was taken on New Year’s Day.

Skipper, ex-Darwin lad Eddy Lawler, and Coffs Harbour fisho Clay Hilbert, landed the 1089lb fish.

It is likely to be a new national record, and the first 1000lb+ blue marlin caught in Australia.

The current record is held by Melanie Kisbee, who caught a 996lb blue in 1999 off Batemans Bay, NSW.

Rowan Smith has the current WA record at 813lb, caught off Exmouth in February 2014.

The latest catch will attract international attention.

Exmouth is a prime location because the Continental Shelf comes in close, providing the deep clear water blue marlin like.

Broadbill swordfish are another possibility in such waters.

Exmouth is also renowned for nearby Ningaloo Reef, a fringing coastal reef that extends far south along the coast, with crystal clear water inside the sandy lagoon providing sight fishing for species such as bonefish, golden trevally, queenfish and giant herring.

Along the outside of the reef are all manner of fishing opportunities.

It is a true fishing playground.

Meanwhile, Tackle World Exmouth’s Jeni Gates said a fibreglass replica of the big blue marlin would be displayed in the shop.


Busted in Great Barrier Reef green zones

With all the mapping information that is available there is no excuse for being busted in green zones like these people.

There is a list of GBRMPA zoning maps and an app here.

And a downloadable KMZ file you can use in Google Earth is available here.

Not to mention most digital marine charts have the zones on them.

If you are caught, too bad …


Ten of the NT’s Million Dollar Fish caught in first month

Ludmilla Creek
Darwin’s suburban Ludmilla Creek … could a red tag barra be in there?

The NT’s Million Dollar Fish tagged fish promotion, in its third year, has produced ten of the $10k barramundi for lucky anglers in the first month.

To recap, there were 101 tagged barra released across the NT early in 2017, with 100 of these fish worth $10k each. One fish is worth $1m.

Fishing started in October, and to date (early November 2017) 10 of the tagged fish have been caught already.

Some have been caught by landbased fishermen, you don’t need a boat to succeed, keeping in mind the crocodile danger.

The promo ends at the end of February 2018.

This is a world class promotion.

More info here … … gotta be in it to win it!


NT’s Million Dollar Fish

Kelli Carroll and George  Voukolos were among those to catch a $10,000  tagged fish in the Million Dollar Fish promotion
Kelli Carroll and George Voukolos were among those to catch a $10,000 tagged fish in the Million Dollar Fish promotion

If you haven’t already noticed, the Northern Territory leads the away among Australian states for its management and promotion of recreational fishing.
Not only has the NT pulled gill nets out of large tracts of coastal waters, to bolster its prized barramundi stocks, it has also spawned one of the best fishing promotions in the world.

The promotion is called Million Dollar Fish (MDF), and involves releasing dozens of tagged fish into various NT waterways for recapture, with the captors eligible for large cash prizes.

Seasons 2 (the second year) of the competition kicked off in October 2016 and saw 100 fish released with $10,000 tags in each, and one fish with a $1,000,000 tag.

Season 2 ends in February 2017, and a Season 3 is likely to kick off in October 2017, according to Tourism NT, which promotes the competition in conjunction with the NT’s Crownbet.

The MDF tagged fish recapture rate has been excellent, so good in fact that some people are scratching their heads as to why other barramundi tagging programs have recorded a far lower tag return rate.

As I write there have been seven of the Season 2 fish caught. The season kicked off in October and ends February 28. Season 1 saw 76 tagged barramundi released, with 10 fish recaptured, which exceeded all expectations.

Anyone can fish the competition, all you must do is register at

The tagged barramundi are released across the Top End, but the best chance for a recapture is believed to be Daly River, Mary River, Darwin and Bynoe Harbours, and the McArthur and Roper Rivers.


Redclaw bandits busted

The illegal redclaw haul
The illegal redclaw haul

Fishers fined $7,000 for 798 redclaw tails

Two Townsville fishos found with eight times the legal possession limit of redclaw have each been fined $3500.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Robert Ibell said officers found 798 redclaw tails in a freezer at a Kidston Dam camp in mid 2015.

“The possession limit for redclaw is 40 per person but in this case two of four fishers at the camp had 319 of the freshwater crayfish over the possession limit,” Mr Ibell said.

“They were also fishing with five traps more than is legally allowed and their fishing gear was not correctly tagged with the owner’s name and address.

The fishers faced 11 charges in the Townsville Magistrates Court, including unlawfully possessing regulated fish and failing to comply with fishing gear laws.

They had no conviction recorded and all 18 fishing traps were forfeited to the court.

Mr Ibell said possession limits and restrictions to freshwater fishing gear were in place to protect Queensland’s valuable fish stocks from overfishing.

“A fisher must not use more than four canister, collapsible, funnel, round traps or four dillies, or a combination of these traps at one time.

“There is no size limit for redclaw, however, the possession limit is 40 from their natural range which is the Gulf of Carpentaria drainage and from Jacky Jacky River basin south to the Normanby River basin on the north east coast of Queensland.

“Female redclaw carrying eggs and young must be returned to the water when taken from these waters.”

Fishers have a responsibility to ensure they understand and are up-to-date with Queensland’s fishing rules.

While some of us may feel sorry for these guys having to pay $3500 each, if everyone did this sort of thing, our fisheries would be in dire straits. So a deterrent is needed.


Impoundment fishing

Changing water levels remain an important factor in determining fishing quality at impoundments, and it seems levels fluctuate more than ever with today’s extremes of weather.

A good one-stop shop for water level information is this BOM website …

With all the great info on the internet today, how did we catch fish before computers came along? 🙂

Hope you find the site useful.

BOM water levels screenshot


Queensland stocked impoundments

The Queensland Government has almost doubled the number of stocked impoundments where anglers can fish under the Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme (SIPS).

The expansion of the program from July 1, 2016, gave fishos access to 63 dams and weirs throughout the state.

“The addition of these fishing spots will see a boost to freshwater recreational fishing right across the state,” Minister for Agricultural and Fisheries Leanne Donaldson said said.

“Anyone over 18 who wants to fish in these waters will require a permit but the good news is that at least 75 per cent of the money received in permits will be directed back into the system.

“This means this money is being used to enhance the stocking program and for the first time, it will allow stocking groups to apply to use some of this money to enhance the recreational fishing experience at their local dams and weirs.

“The expansion of the SIPS will provide increased recreational fishing opportunities to regional communities through the provision of world class freshwater fishing.”

This is a win-win for recreational fishers, local fish stoking groups and regional communities right across Queensland.

“Currently the scheme generates revenue of approximately $1 million each year through the sale of some 50 000 permits,” Ms Donaldson said.

“SIPS will also move into the 21st century from 1 July with permits becoming digital making it fast, easy and convenient for anglers.

Digital permits for freshwater fishing will arrive by email or text message and will be able to be displayed on the phone.

Australia Post will manage the sale of permits which can be purchased online, at any Australia Post outlet or sub-agent in Queensland and from limited locations in northern New South Wales or over the phone.

An annual permit costs $50, $36 for an annual concession permit and a weekly permit is $10.

Permit fees have been fixed for the next five years.

New SIPS stocked dams and weirs …

· Aplins Weir Townsville (North Queensland)

· Caboolture River Weir, Caboolture (Moreton Bay)

· Goondiwindi (Hilton) Weir, Goondiwindi

· Miles Weir, Miles (Western Downs)

· Baroon Pocket Dam, Maleny (Sunshine Coast)

· Cecil Plains Weir, Cecil Plains (Toowoomba)

· Hinze Dam, Gold Coast hinterland

· Surat Weir, Surat (Maranoa)

· Beebo Weir, Texas (Goondiwindi)

· Chinchilla Weir, Chinchilla (Darling Downs)

· Inglewood Town Weir, Inglewood (Goondiwindi)

· Talgai Weir, Clifton (Southern Downs)

· Beehive Dam, Wallangarra (Southern Downs)

· Claude Wharton Weir, Gayndah (North Burnett)

· Jones Weir, Mundubbera (North Burnett)

· Whetstone Weir, Inglewood (Goondiwindi)

· Ben Anderson Barrage, Bundaberg

· Ewen Maddock Dam, Landsborough (Sunshine Coast)

· Koombooloomba Dam, Ravenshoe (Tablelands)

· Woodford Weir, Woodford (Sunshine Coast)

· Ben Dor Weir, Inglewood (Goondiwindi)

· Gill Weir, Miles (Western Downs)

· Lake Belmore, Croydon (Gulf Savannah)

· Wyaralong Dam, Beaudesert (Scenic Rim)

· Black Weir, Townsville (North Queensland)

· Gleeson Weir, Townsville (North Queensland)

· Lake Kurwongbah, Petrie (South east Queensland)

· Yarramalong Weir, Milmerran (Toowoomba)

· Bonshaw Weir, Texas (Goondiwindi)

· Glenarbon Weir, Texas (Goondiwindi)

· Lemon Tree Weir, Millmerran (Toowoomba)


4230 fishing markers in just two weeks

The site has been up for only two weeks and already has 4230 fishing markers, with more on the way.

Comment functionality will be added to markers in due course, along with forum links for important marker discussion.

And then regular fishing articles, from a top team of fishing writers. is still bare bones, but it is growing fast.

The site has kicked off with the important map items – boat ramps, shipwrecks and stocked waters. We’ll zoom into various spots with more detail once the basics are done.

Please don’t be shy. Sign up and add markers of your own, including your commercial fishing lodge or charter operation. We want it all on Australia’s fishing map.