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Barra Private Tours

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(64 reviews)
Darwin
trips from $174

Game Changer Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(5 reviews)
Darwin
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Fishseeker Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Darwin
trips from $460

Offshore Boats

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(13 reviews)
Darwin
trips from $366

Wildman Fishing Tours

Darwin
trips from $338

Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.4 / 5
(191 reviews)
Darwin
trips from $122

Obsession Fishing Safaris

Darwin

Spring Tide Safaris

Excellent
4.4 / 5
(11 reviews)
Darwin
trips from $209

Barra / Blue Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(51 reviews)
Howard Springs
trips from $341

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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 $1,148 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 – $853
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $236
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $660
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $485
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $1,228
  • 9-hour fishing trips – $1,800
  • 10-hour fishing trips – $886

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
Excellent
4.1 / 5
Based on 25065 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

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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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
Ondine  L.
Ondine L. 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!
Nicola  B.
Nicola B. 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 ?
Fiona  L.
Fiona L. 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
Hall  S.
Hall S. 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.
Jed  S.
Jed S. 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 !!!
Rodney  L.
Rodney L. 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
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member 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 !
David  C.
David C. 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.
Frank  R.
Frank R. Frewville, South Australia

Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Had an awesome day out, two fish caught off the bucket list. Floran was very friendly and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend Barra private toursFishing.. such a beautiful scenery of wild life and nature..
Joanne  A.
Joanne A. Quincy, MA
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Collected by Capt Floran on time, well equips boat and a very knowledgeable Captain , would certainly go again
Colin  B.
Colin B. Adelaide, South Australia
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Awesome day out on the boat, Flo was very knowledgeable and experienced. We all caught good fish, including Barra which made the day very memorable.
Anthony  G.
Anthony G. Adelaide, SA
Offshore Boats
Offshore Boats
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
One of the best fishing days, caught a wide variety of fish and the experience was awesome , highly recommended to anyone wanting to fish in the Top End. Jon the captain was a great host and made sure we were all catered for.
John  K.
John K. Newbury, VT
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(64 reviews)
My son and l had a great day. Would definatly do it again next time i Darwin.
George  G.
George G. Melbourne, VIC
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Had a full day with Captain Flo on Corroboree Billabong … had a great day searching for the elusive Barra and Saratoga…plenty of food, snacks and drinks to keep us hydrated. Captain Flo looked after my partner who was a first time fisher and ended up having a great day.
Louis  M.
Louis M. Adelaide, South Australia
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
What a brilliant day. On the fish within 5 minutes of casting in. Caught barra, catfish, threadfin salmon. Saw crocs, dolphins, amazing birdlife and beautiful river scenery. A real treat to have our own catch cooked by Captain Flo. Thanks for an amazing experience. Such a worthwhile day with my family.
Jodie  D.
Jodie D. Union, CT
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
A great 4-5 hours of near shore fishing in Darwin Harbour, 2 Barra caught, 1 release and 1 keeper. Recommended for a mates or family day out to the secret spots.
Tania  P.
Tania P. Australia
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Had the time for a quick half day charter was great Flo showing us the local spots. In future need to book around better tides for estuary fishing, but the open water fun was great
Matt  B.
Matt B. Brisbane, Queensland
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
What a cracking day out with Flo . Had our first spanish mackerel in the boat within 15 mins. Then continued to see heaps of action and catch all day. Definitly recommend! So much better than a big charter. John
John  E.
John E. Thornton, NH
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
What a great day. Never been Barra fishing before and we landed 5 big Barra on one day great company. Great captain and deckhand easy going, plenty of laughs which always makes the day good. Cooked up fresh Barra on the bbq for lunch. 3 people on the boat never been Barra fishing and we all left with a fish each smallest was 70cm cannot recommended this boat enough money well spent and memories made that will last a lifetime!! Thanks again best in business!!!
Zac  L.
Zac L. Adelaide, South Australia
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
A top day. Fish hard to find but we landed 3 and lost three. Floran a great host. Great boat to fish from. I am now planning to come back in May next year.
Ross  B.
Ross B. East Orange, NJ
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
We were all picked up at our accommodation by Flo, travelled to the Finniss River and set on our way, huge crocodiles spotted along the river banks. Fished with lures and ended up with 5 nice Barra on the turn of the tide. Flo filleted and cooked one for our lunch, as good as it gets. Great day with good people, Flo was on his game all day, made sure we all had what we needed. Go with the Flo, you won’t be disappointed.
Greg  C.
Greg C. Adelaide, SA
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
The day was fantastic, and started at 0600hrs and we didn’t return until almost 1800hrs. Great value! Captain Floran was very friendly and accommodating and had the day well planned. While we caught only a couple of fish one being a barramundi another big one escaped. He supplied an early breakfast and also a bbq lunch. Everything was fresh and plenty of cold drinks were available. We fished out of Corroboree Billabong which is on the way to Kakadu National Park. Throughly Recommended. Peter W
Peter  W.
Peter W. Adelaide, SA
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
fantastic trip, fun captain he taught us lots, we had a blast... must do it again
Bec  V.
Bec V. Adelaide, South Australia
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
This day trip has it all - fishing - boating - site seeing - making new friend
Mat  P.
Mat P. Australia
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Wow! What a lovely day fishing! This was our first ever fishing experience. Captain Floran was great! He gave us some helpful tips on fishing. Caught some fish which Flo kindly cleaned for us which we had for dinner. Loved the experience! Thank you Floran. See you next year
Wendy  C.
Wendy C. Chaoliao, Kaohsiung
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Captain Flo goes out of his way to make sure you’re onto fish and that you enjoy the experience. Very professional and relaxed.
Deon  K.
Deon K. Adelaide, South Australia
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(64 reviews)
Had my mate from Sydney up for the week and wanted him to experience catching a Barra. Unfortunately although some fish were biting he didn’t catch anything which is a shame and not the skippers fault.
Garry  D.
Garry D. Australia
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Floran was such an amazing guide. He is a great fishing guide, 'safari' guide and chef all in one. He was very knowledge about where to fishing, and pointed out various wildlife to us. Went above and beyond to make sure we all had good time. Would definitely recommend him.
Cindy  L.
Cindy L. Sydney, New South Wales