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According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Darwin, Northern Territory are: Full list of top fishing charters in Darwin

The average price for a private 8 hour Darwin fishing trip is US $1,058 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Darwin are:
  • Extended fishing trips – AU $1,536
  • 4-hour fishing trips – AU $461
  • 6-hour fishing trips – AU $1,174
  • 7-hour fishing trips – AU $739
  • 8-hour fishing trips – AU $1,873
  • 9-hour fishing trips – AU $2,743
  • 10-hour fishing trips – AU $1,754
  • 11-hour fishing trips – AU $773

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.

Known For

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.

 

Darwin Fishing Seasons

January

Wet season is starting. At this time of year Barra fishing is best in the mangrove creeks and estuaries. In the Top End estuaries you can also fish for Black Jewfish, Golden Snapper, Cod, Pikey Bream and more.

February

Estuaries, rivers, and coastal creeks continues to yield success when fishing for Barra and other fish. Anglers can take refuge from the storms in these sheltered waters.

March

Run-off season is here, with some of Darwin’s best Barra fishing in full swing! Bluewater fishing is also kicking off at this time of year.

April

Run-off season continues, with many fish moving to open waters as the floodplains drain into the sea. In the Bluewater you can target game fish and reef fish.

May

Dry season is beginning, with bluewater fishing at its peak. Many anglers are targeting Barra in the clear water of landlocked billabongs and rivers.

June

As dry season continues, you can enjoy fishing inshore and offshore reefs. You are likely to catch Jewfish, Golden Snapper, Coral Trout, Nannygai, and much more.

July

Dry season is here to stay. In shallow creeks, Pikey Bream and Blue Salmon are at their peak season, while Longtail Tuna is peaking offshore.

August

Bluewater and coastal river fishing continue to offer their best. Inshore you can target Giant Herring on fly as they migrate into shallow waters during the dry season.

September

Dry season is coming to a close, with one last call for the year’s best Bluewater and reef fishing. The fish will continue to bite, but the weather doesn't get better than this.

October

This is when the build-up begins, with Barramundi breeding in the river mouths and estuaries. Billabongs are becoming warmer, where you will find good Barra and Saratoga fishing.

November

Threadfin Salmon are beginning to peak in shallow rivers and estuaries. Freshwater and saltwater fishing continue to yield success as temperatures and humidity rise in preparation for monsoon season.

December

Black Jewfish are at their peak season in the reefs, where you can continue fishing between storms for Golden Snapper, Tricky Snapper, Red Emperor, and more.

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What anglers said about fishing in Darwin

Dont be he'll bent on Barra, they are sneaky bastard, but go with Cap Flo and catch magnificent fish, especially spanish mackeral, Pete got an 83, Matt was just as close, big fish big excitement great day
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dont be he'll bent on Barra, they are sneaky bastard, but go with Cap Flo and catch magnificent fish, especially spanish mackeral, Pete got an 83, Matt was just as close, big fish big excitement great day
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours Adelaide, South Australia
Go on Fishing Charters Darwin. Professional and made sure a great experience was had by all!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go on Fishing Charters Darwin. Professional and made sure a great experience was had by all!
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters Prospect, SA
Definitely, we took our 2boys aged 16 and 13, their first time fishing and they loved it-they are hooked ?
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely, we took our 2boys aged 16 and 13, their first time fishing and they loved it-they are hooked ?
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters Sydney, NSW
Take plenty of sunscreen and hat and sunglasses full day is a long day but well worth it. Totally enjoyed myself
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take plenty of sunscreen and hat and sunglasses full day is a long day but well worth it. Totally enjoyed myself
Offshore Boats
Offshore Boats Vale Park, South Australia
Be prepared for the heat, and definitely use Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for the heat, and definitely use Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters.
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters Ryde, NSW
A wonderful day out in an incredible place. This is what memories are made of !!!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
A wonderful day out in an incredible place. This is what memories are made of !!!
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters Australia
Sun protection, plenty of water and a safe reliable large boat, with an experienced skipper who knows where the fish are
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sun protection, plenty of water and a safe reliable large boat, with an experienced skipper who knows where the fish are
Offshore Boats
Offshore Boats Diamond Creek, Victoria
Go with Darwin fishing charters, it is a great day and is well worth it if it your first time fishing in Darwin.... you won't regret it !
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with Darwin fishing charters, it is a great day and is well worth it if it your first time fishing in Darwin.... you won't regret it !
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters Sydney, New South Wales
Come with a sense of adventure and a good dose of humour. As it is well worth the effort with Keith.
Very good
4.0 / 5
Come with a sense of adventure and a good dose of humour. As it is well worth the effort with Keith.
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters Frewville, South Australia

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Darwin?

Barra / Blue Fishing Charters
Barra / Blue Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(56 reviews)
Chasing barramundi & had our chances, just couldn’t get one into the boat. A few other catches were very enjoyable, though. Skipper Steve took us to the right spots & gave us plenty of advice & tips, as well as some great banter. Not much fish for the frying pan, but would give the experience a big thumbs up, regardless 👍👍
Digby  F.
Digby F.
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(97 reviews)
Had a great day with Flo learned a lot about how the fish behave, and he is very passionate obout catching you a fish. He is very pacient with teaching amateur fishos! Thank you had a great day
Alan  J.
Alan J.
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
Wow, what a day! We all caught a Barra and some other species too. Tour operator (Floran) was amazing. His knowledge of the river and wildlife was terrific and his passion was obvious. Pick up from our hotel and back was so convenient and a delicious lunch was provided. A 10/10 experience which we highly recommend.
Jeff  B.
Jeff B.
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
Floran is a Super great guy and a very good teacher with great passion , explains the concepts of Barra fishing very well, genuine about you catching a Bara and when you did was very excited for you. Did not waste time only hunted the Bara with his hi tech systems on board, I Will use Floran and Cindy again and recommend you give them a go!
Dion  J.
Dion J. Adelaide, South Australia
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
We had a great trip, Floran really knows the area and was happy to share his knowledge. The gear was good quality, and we managed to catch some good fish. The boat was quick, got us to the fishing area to get on the hunt. If I’m going fishing in Darwin again it will be with Floran!
Robert  D.
Robert D. Leeming, WA
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
Great day, my first time fishing and caught a Barramundi. Everything went to plan. Flo was respectful and knowledgeable and overall want to do it again with this charter. Thank you
Mick  R.
Mick R. Wildwood, VIC
Barra / Blue Fishing Charters
Barra / Blue Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
Great day all round. Started slow with the out going tide but we soon moved a few times and found the pot of Barra gold. After 2 or 3 hours of non stop action flicking soft plastics, we moved to hard body trawling and once the tide changed the action was back on. Our guide was excellent and very patient teaching tricks & tequiniques to my wife and I. Overall it was a long day but action packed and very well worth it.
Jason  C.
Jason C. Perth, WA
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(97 reviews)
Great day. Small group. Choppy conditions but moved around to try different spots. Plenty of snapper about (and some hungry sharks). It was good to get a keeper after lots of juveniles. Great afternoon out. Flo knows his stuff.
Andrew  W.
Andrew W. Adelaide, SA
Barra / Blue Fishing Charters
Barra / Blue Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
One of the coolest boats I’ve. Have ever been on. It was one of the coldest days in Darwin and Zac still still found the Barra.Well done.Friendly and knowledgeable great day.
Christopher  W.
Christopher W. Adelaide, South Australia
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(97 reviews)
Great trip, best to do this trip 2 hours before low trip when barra fishing, as that is when they come out to feed, otherwise march, April best time for Barra, but heaps of other fish, just not our day, but recommend as they know their stuff, however it's timing, tide, weather and luck
Judy  S.
Judy S. Adelaide, SA
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
What an absolute amazing trip we were picked at our motel feed and water for the whole day, lunch was delicious, fresh Barra , we have never tasted better 👌🏻 Flo was a fantastic skipper that gave us every opportunity to catch a Barra, and yes we caught a few, seen some amazing wildlife in their own habitat was very special, certainly can tick this experience off the bucket list, Flo and Cindy were the best to deal with nothing was a problem highly recommend 👌🏻
Shannon  M.
Shannon M. East Bridgewater, MA
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(97 reviews)
Had a great morning , Flo was a great guide to go with , really made a effort to put us on the fish and fun to be out on the water with . I would definitely go with this team again . Thanks
Peter  H.
Peter H. Portland, ME
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(97 reviews)
Great fun, caught around 16 pan size red snapper ,flo kept us informed, tried different things and had a great 4 hours
Dean  B.
Dean B. Australia
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(97 reviews)
We had a great half day with Flo we didn't catch any of our targeted fish but we had a great day out anyway. Flo is right on his game but he tried his hardest but couldn't get them on the line. Flo is a very patient captain and great bloke he has a wealth of knowledge and we will definitely go out with him again on our next trip to Darwin
Wayne  K.
Wayne K. Adelaide, SA
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
The boat hooked up on one & after a 30min wrestle when the hook was pulled we still don't know what it was, but whatever it was, it was big
Kim  H.
Kim H. Hartford, CT
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
Great day with a good group of people. Not many fish on the day but you could see they were there. Will definitely use this fishing guide again when I visit next. Just an all round good day trip.
Robert  C.
Robert C. Adelaide, South Australia
Barra / Blue Fishing Charters
Barra / Blue Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
Great day on the water. Tom got us on the fish and was a great tour guide. Saw lots of wildlife! Would definitely go out with him again.
Brian  S.
Brian S. Hollister, ID
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(97 reviews)
Did first fishing trip with a friend.taught everything should know and very helpful
Priyan Mohan Banneheke Mudiyanselage
Priyan Mohan Banneheke Mudiyanselage
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
Good 1/2 day trip. Full day would have been better. Captain was great and knew his stuff. Highly recommend it.
Andrew  S.
Andrew S. Melbourne, VIC
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(97 reviews)
Another excellent trip with Barra Private Tours. Florian put us on the fish and I think we did better than most out there each day. We were well looked after and had an awesome fishing experience.
Neil  C.
Neil C. Salem, NH

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