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Fishing in Darwin
Darwin, Northern Territory is known for some of Australia’s best fishing. Located by the Timor Sea, it is the gateway between Australia and Southeast Asia. This has earned Darwin a unique role in history, accompanied by distinct cultural influences. Today, Darwin is known for its Asian markets and food, as well as stunning scenery, alluring wildlife, and the most coveted catch in Australia.
Darwin fishing offers vast opportunities, anywhere from coastal waters and shipwrecks to landlocked billabongs. You will find local anglers fishing Darwin based on four seasons known as “build-up,” “wet season,” “run-off,” and “dry season.” These periods are influenced by Darwin’s monsoon rains, which cause waters in the floodplains to rise in summer and fall in winter.
More than anything, Darwin fishing is known for Barramundi, or “Barra,” a hard fighting fish that you can catch any time of year. Darwin is home to the largest number of Barra in Australia. Many claim that the best Barra fishing Darwin has to offer occurs during the run-off season, when they swarm to the creeks and rivers to feed on smaller fish. However, Darwin Barra fishing is always good sport if you know where to find them. Depending on the season, you can target Barra in the Top End’s estuaries and billabongs, numerous rivers, or in the creeks and mangroves of Darwin Harbour. Choose from many Barramundi fishing charters Darwin locals offer and learn how to target these fish best.
Darwin's bluewater fishing is also excellent throughout the year, with Darwin Harbour and Dundee Beach serving as prime locations. Many inshore reefs and shipwrecks are home to Jewfish, Golden Snapper, and Cod. You can also fish reefs further from shore for Red Emperor, Tricky Snapper, Coral Trout, Nannygai, Spanish Mackerel, and much more.
The peak of bluewater fishing comes in the dry season, when anglers don't have to dodge heavy rains. During this time, you can venture “out wide” uninhibited and target Longtail Tuna, Queenfish, Giant and Golden Trevally, Sailfish, and more. If you aren’t sure where to fish and when, choose from many Darwin fishing charters and tours so local guides can show you where the bite is best! Dundee Beach fishing charters also make all of this accessible without the crowds of Darwin Harbour, and there are many locations nearby where you can fish without leaving the shore.
Rules & Regulations
No fishing license is required for recreational fishing in the Northern Territory. Anglers will be glad to know that many species are available to take while fishing Darwin. However, bag limits do apply and it is important to refer to government regulations before fishing. Protected species include Speartooth Shark, Northern River Shark, Sawfish, giant clams, and any species of Cod or Grouper longer than 1.2m (3.9’). You may not harm or possess these species at any time.
Types of Fishing
When fishing the reefs and the Bluewater, common practices range from conventional tackle, casting, and live bait to jigging and “bottom bouncing.” Darwin Barra fishing techniques include trolling or casting hard body lures and soft plastics. Anglers can also enjoy great success by fly fishing for Barra in creeks and billabongs. Choose from a variety of Barramundi fishing charters Darwin has to offer and learn the tactics that locals find most effective.
Fly fishing enthusiasts will also enjoy targeting Saratoga, another hard fighting fish that makes for great sport. Corroboree Billabong is a choice location for local fly fishermen, where fly fishing events are held every year. Targets at these events include Barra, Saratoga, Tarpon, Catfish, and more. While fishing in Darwin during the dry season, you can also target many saltwater fish on fly. A local favorite is the Giant Herring, aptly nicknamed “pincushion fish” due to its many tiny bones. Though lacking in table value, this is an energetic fish which provides great fun. Anglers can target Giant Herring on fly as they migrate inshore to shallow waters.
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