Viv’s Barra - TSMY Swordfish

Francis Bay Mooring Basin
Darwin NT, Australia

Viv’s Barra - TSMY Swordfish provide fishing charters in the spectacular and most pristine remote Top End coastal rivers and estuaries. They are run by Captain and guide Viv who has over 30 years experience fishing in this area. You can have an extended liveaboard trip on the luxury mothership and fish from two smaller boats. Viv will gladly teach and assist you with fishing, so you can rest assured that you will catch some of the most amazing species and have a great time.

You will stay aboard the 60-foot luxurious mothership with a capacity for 18 persons. It is powered by two Detroit 6-71 engines with a maximum cruising speed of 10 knots. The boat has quality furnishings, is air-conditioned throughout with comfortable cabins, fresh water showers, open decks and spacious internal areas. You will have a professional crew guiding you on your fishing expedition and an onboard cook to serve your catch.

The fishing will be done on two 22 foot customized fishing tenders, with fishing gear provide by the crew. Please note, any fishing gear you lose or damage must be replaced by you. The crew will also provide lures, a fishing license, fly fishing equipment, snacks, and meals. Drinks in form of spirits and soft drinks can be ordered on request.

You will fish in Cape Scott, Cape Ford,  Anson Bay and their estuary systems, as well as the Moyle and Little Moyle River systems and the pristine Port Keats area. Targeted species will include the infamous Barramundi, Cod, Coral Trout, Black Jewfish, Queenfish, Queensland Grouper, Threadfin Salmon, Red Emperor Snapper, Giant Trevally and Spanish Mackerel.

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About this listing

Boat Specs

Custom Built (Other) originally built in 1975. Powered by 2 671HP Detroit 6-71 engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 10 knots.

60 ft
18 persons
Types of Fishing
River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing
Targeted Species
Black Jewfish

Coral Trout

Queensland Groper (Giant Grouper)

Snapper (Red Emperor)
Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred)

Threadfin Salmon
Trevally (Giant)
3 x
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
3 Seperate Cabins
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Onboard Cook
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
3 x
Air Conditioning
Life Jackets
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Replace On A Lost Or Broken Basis
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
Alcohol & Soft Drinks Ordered On Request
First Mate
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment
Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. In case of unsafe weather conditions, you can choose a different trip date or cancel with a full deposit refund.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

20% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the captain on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods: Cash, Bank Transfer.

About the Captain

Viv Thistlethwaite
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Member since March 2015
Viv has been fishing and guiding in the Northern Territory for many years. Firstly with a land based camp and then in 1999 brought TSMY Swordfish offering mothership cruises. He loves fishing and enjoys providing this experience to fellow anglers

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Customer Reviews

4.79 out of 5 stars from 8 reviews

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The trip of a lifetime, September 2015.  10 days on board the Swordfish with Capt Viv, cook Bridget and crew.  Loved the Swordfish.  Extremely comfortable and fabulous food (thanks Bridget).  Viv is tremendous.  I was born a Pommie but I’m now a true blue Aussie.  Capt Viv is the kind of Australian that made me want to take out Aussie citizenship - friendly without being sycophantic, knowledgeable and happy to share his knowledge, always on top of his game, always looking to make his guests’ day better, liberal with fishing advice without being pushy and with a wonderful dry sense of humour.  I felt very safe on board the Swordfish.  Oh, and the fishing.  Fantastic.  Barra galore (mainly 60 to 75 cms) and lots of other species.  And the mud crabs were divine.  As for the broken rods, one was a snag accident and the other was snapped by something huge.  We never got to see it even after 15 minutes of blood, sweat and tears.  Probably several hundred pounds of groper.  I still tremble when I think of it.

Rodger Barlow  • Fished September 4, 2015
Viv Thistlethwaite (The Captain)
Replied to this review on October 12, 2015

Thanks Rodger for taking the time to write this review. Shame we never got to see the several hundred pound groper, maybe next time.

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We went to a very isolated fishing spot called Joseph Bonaparte Bay about 50 miles north of WA border about 24 hrs steaming south of Darwin.Over 100 good sized Barra plus 30 to 40 mudcrabs. The cook Bridget was an excellent cook with beautiful meals every night.Boat was well maintained fishing dories were comfortable and fast.

Rex Neale  • Fished September 4, 2015
Viv Thistlethwaite (The Captain)
Replied to this review on October 13, 2015

Thanks Rex, sure was a good trip, plenty of fish, good food and the weather was kind to us also.

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The barra fishing was disappointing,but I appreciate the reasons for this.The reef fishing was very exciting..Life on board the Swordfish was great,and the food was exceptional.I can’t wait to return next year.

John McEwin

John McEwin  • Fished August 6, 2015
Viv Thistlethwaite (The Captain)
Replied to this review on August 28, 2015

Thanks for the review John, We really did have a magical trip, despite the cold water keeping the Barra down. However we did catch a few other nice Jewie,s and managed a metre Barra, and a huge Cod plus others. Attached are some of the photos.

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