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Northern Territory Fishing Charters

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Northern Territory: 6 fishing charters available

Barra Private Tours

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Darwin
trips from $176

Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.4 / 5
(188 reviews)
Darwin
trips from $123

Wildman Fishing Tours

Darwin
trips from $341

Spring Tide Safaris

Excellent
4.2 / 5
(8 reviews)
Darwin
trips from $296

Game Changer Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(5 reviews)
Darwin
trips from $190

Barra / Blue Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(32 reviews)
Howard Springs
trips from $176

Fishing Northern Territory waters in Australia has to be next on your fishing to-do list. Hard fighting fish, spectacular landscapes, and the friendliest people, all combine to make your trip down under the unforgettable adventure you’ve been searching for.

The Northern Territory is surrounded by three main bodies of water: the Timor Sea, the Arafura Sea, and the Gulf of Carpentaria. The temperature in these waters varies, allowing for different fishing opportunities around the NT coast.

Northern Territory Fishing Spots

When fishing in the NT, odds are you’ll be heading out from Darwin. There are other awesome fisheries around the coast as well as inland, including the deep sea, bays, rivers, estuaries, lagoons, and billabongs.

Darwin

Located in the Top End, on a peninsula surrounded by the sea, the fishing in Darwin is some of the best in Australia. This is the place where you have the best chance of catching the native Barramundi. These fighting fish can reach up to 1.4 meters in length. Top fishing spots in Darwin include Shoal Bay and the artificial reefs in the harbour. At ‘The Rock’ in Shoal Bay you’ll hook up huge Barramundi. The artificial reefs, such as Ham Luong and Stokes Hill Wharf, will see you reeling in Jewfish, Estuary Cod, and Golden Snapper.

Kakadu


The NT might have tropic weather, but the Top End has some incredible and diverse ecosystems. Head to the Kakadu National Park for top fishing and a rich aboriginal history. This is a great fishery for Barramundi, with peaks during March and April. You can head to the park year-round, and catch Golden Snapper, Black Jewfish, and more. There are strict regulations for fishing in these prolific waters – amongst them, live bait is not allowed, and the cleaning of your catch must not be done within 50 meters of the waterway.

Katherine

If you’re driving to the Top End, your journey will include Katherine. Located 300 kilometers south of Darwin, this area has some of the best fishing available. From here, there’s easy access to the Katherine River, where you’ll hook up Barramundi and Sooty Grunter.

Katherine is a great starting point before heading to other local waters. Surrounding Katherine, you have Victoria River (known locally as ‘Mighty Vic’), Daly River, Kakadu, Roper River, and the Borroloola region, all fantastic fisheries with huge Barramundi.

Tiwi Islands

Collectively called the Tiwi Islands, the islands of Bathurst and Melville are excellent for both bluewater fishing and estuary fishing. You’ll need to travel 80 kilometers to reach them, but it’s worth the journey –you can catch some huge Sailfish and Black Marlin here! Make sure you have the specific permit for fishing this island.

Truant Island

Off the north-eastern shores is Truant Island. Travel here in October and November for Grander Black Marlin!

Groote Eylandt

South of Truant Island is Groote Eylandt, located in the warm waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Between November and March you’ll find Marlin and Sailfish aplenty here. For the rest of the year, you can still fish for Giant Trevally, Barracouta, Queenfish, Cobia, and more.

Fishing Tips

  • You’re likely to test out your lures and even lose a fair bit of tackle when battling Barramundi. Do not go into the waters to fish it out! The largest reptile in the world, the saltwater crocodile – or ‘salties’ to the locals – call these waters home and are highly aggressive.

  • The best time to go fishing for Barramundi is during low tide, as it draws them out of their hiding spots among the mangroves and hidey-holes.

  • The top technique for catching Barramundi is by trolling or casting. When you are legally allowed to use live bait, do!

Need to Know


Although called ‘salties’, crocodiles can be found in both saltwater and freshwater. These are dangerous man-eating reptiles – keep your distance and do not approach them. It’s highly recommended to fish with a local guide to best avoid salties.

The best time to fish is during the ‘build-up’. This occurs between October and December when the temperatures rise and the humidity sets in before the wet season starts.

Regulations

There are many regulations in place in the NT regarding the species you can catch and limits. There are also restrictions on what equipment you can use. You won’t need a fishing licence on your trip, but you do need a permit to fish certain areas.

Protected Species

There are many protected species in Australia. Sawfish, Northern River Shark, and Speartooth Shark are all restricted in the NT, and if accidentally hooked must be released immediately.

Budget

Northern Territory fishing trip prices are generally per person, and can be AUD 200 for a short trip, and AUD 350 for a 10-hour trip. Expect to see shared trips as the norm.

Head down under today – fishing Northern Territory waters will keep you on your toes and provide an adventure you’ll never forget!

 

Northern Territory
Excellent
4.2 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Australia Day is on January 26, so expect celebrations all over Oz! There’s also the Great Northern Barra Bash competition in Darwin Harbour to attend.

February

February is a great time to head offshore and catch Black Marlin and Sailfish. Inshore, head after Threadfin Salmon.

March

This is the last month to partake in the Million Dollar Catch for Barramundi. Starting in October, this is a six-month competition to catch the tagged Barra and win big!

April

Get the ladies together and join the ‘Girls Gone Fishin’. Their competition will have you going after Barramundi during a weekend of fun and fishing.

May

Top anglers can join in the NT Barramundi Classic, a week-long competition. Festivals are abundant this month – head to the music festival Blacken and food festival Taste of Kakadu.

June

June is a great month for Longtail Tuna and Giant Trevally. Temperatures reach 31°C in Darwin – expect no rainy days! The dry season is in full swing now.

 
July

Territory Day, on July 1, is one of the few days you can legally set off fireworks! Try something new – make a boat out of beer cans in the Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta!

 

August

The Darwin Festival is perfect for the whole family – 18 nights of dance, concerts, and outdoor activities.

September

The waters start getting active. You can hook Golden Trevally and Narrow-barred Mackerel now. This is the last month of the dry season.

October

Barramundi start spawning now. The Million Dollar Fish competition begins – catch the pre-tagged Barramundi and win amazing prizes.

November

Fishing for Barra heats up now, as well as Fingermark Bream, Threadfin Salmon, and more.

December

This is the beginning of the monsoon season, with around 17 days of rain but high temperatures of up to 33°C.  

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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
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
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
(2 reviews)
Captain Flo and his partner Cindy made our barramundi fishing experience terrific. Very friendly and helpful in all aspects, from information regarding pick up to helping in the boat. Also, the food was delicious! A fun and successful day. We totally recommend them!
Neville  C.
Neville C. Australia
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(188 reviews)
Great day out, Captain TJ tried hard to to get everyone to get a catch and then some, making the experience well worth it. We caught fish!
George  P.
George P. Sydney, NSW
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(188 reviews)
Excellent friendly staff, mother nature was against us with very strong currents but the skipper kept pushing on to finally get us onto some very nice reef fish. Highly recommended.
Lincoln  C.
Lincoln C. Dundas Valley, NSW
Barra Private Tours
Barra Private Tours
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
A great days fishing. Picked up from accommodation. Breakfast and fishing. Great knowledge of the area. Thanks flo
Fred  T.
Fred T. Adelaide, South Australia
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(188 reviews)
Great day out .excellent day out and having our morning fish cooked into a delicious lunch was unreal back out fishing all arvo all fish filleted and shared amongst all on board would do again
David  B.
David B. Waterbury, CT
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(188 reviews)
Captain Dave made us comfortable while the weather didn’t we tried several different places and tried to catch a variety of different fish I would recommend staying for lunch as the captain organised your catch to be cooked by a local restaurant cant get any fresher than that so once again thanks Dave for taking me fishing in Darwin Harbour regards Alwyn ps have already planned my next trip
Alwyn  H.
Alwyn H. Adelaide, SA
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(188 reviews)
What a great day! Paul made the trip fun and entertaining with his banter, local knowledge and stories. The fishing was just as fun, catching all types of species. I was not disappointed for my first charter experience, and I even took some fillets back for dinner. A+
Melinda  B.
Melinda B. Adelaide, SA
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(188 reviews)
A great day fishing the harbour with Paul as our guide Great local knowledge Lots of variety of fish to be caught
Matthew  S.
Matthew S. Hope Valley, SA
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(188 reviews)
Fantastic avo caught a lot of different spices highlite was catching hammerhead shark we caught three of them biggest fish I have ever caught .our captain cam was fantastic .
Alistair  S.
Alistair S. Prospect, SA
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(188 reviews)
Loved it, great captain, patient and helpful. Great tips! Very knowledgeable of the harbour and where to fish at what time.
Jason  R.
Jason R. Adelaide, SA
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(188 reviews)
Was a great day. Great company and awesome experience. Very friendly captain who made the day really enjoyable.
Malcolm  W.
Malcolm W. Adelaide, SA
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(188 reviews)
I booked a half day trip for my boyfriend and dad who was visiting from the UK! Cameron was very knowledgeable and knew exactly where to fish. We took our own bevies and had music and sunshine all day! It made it for my dad and I when hammerhead sharks began circling the boat!! We caught various species of fish and a shark! We had a blast! We highly recommend this trip!!! Thanks Cameron!
Chloé  S.
Chloé S. St Kilda, VIC
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(188 reviews)
Enjoyed the boat, the captain, and the other people fishing with us. Everyone caught a bunch of fish, there is a wide variety, and the ride to the spots is very short, giving you more time to fish and less time to scout. Definitely worth the value in my opinion
Ronald  G.
Ronald G. Chicago, Illinois
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(188 reviews)
Cameron the captain he was the nicest person he kept us safe and just made it so enjoyable. Overall a great day thankyou
Susan  C.
Susan C. Prospect, SA
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(188 reviews)
Spanish Mackerel was highlight along with a big hammerhead shark circling us for a while and plenty of other fish - they just wanted to be caught. Paul was very knowledgable and entertaining with plenty of croc and barra stories
Michael  F.
Michael F. Castle Hill, NSW
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(188 reviews)
Cam knew the best places to go to provide a great overall fishing experience in the Harbor. There was a variety of fish caught, including brown lipped snapper, shark and barracuda. A great day, and if ever in Darwin again, I would sign up for this trip.
Michael  G.
Michael G. Rockford, IL
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Darwin
Very good
4.0 / 5
(188 reviews)
Was a great trip, plenty of bites, 7people on the boat, 7 great fish up including 3 sharks
Steve  H.
Steve H. Mooroolbark, VIC
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(188 reviews)
What a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon's experience on Darwin Harbour. Fishing , being what it is can be a tad hit and miss , and although the catch wasn't the greatest the sheer numbers that were released on this particular day was outstanding. Paul gave us ALL the chances possible. His knowledge wit and customer service outstanding and he even kept the boat out later than 5pm to ensure at least one jewfish was captured. Everyone departed with a good feed. Will DEFINITELY be back
Phil  H.
Phil H. Adelaide, SA
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(188 reviews)
Paul, who drove our boat, showed us how to bait our hooks, how to attract fish, how to pull them in, release the small ones, and roll us to multiple spots to try. He filleted our fish for us, then took us back to the whatf for it to be cooked the way we liked it. Would recommend Paul’s tour to everyone. Fantastic experience!
Nicola  B.
Nicola B. Prospect, SA
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Darwin
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(188 reviews)
Cameron was an absolute legend of a guide/crew. Really relaxed, funny, good talker. Knew his species and kept the bait flowing! Give him a raise for the youngest gun on the waters. Will definitely be back!!!!
Courtney  C.
Courtney C. Adelaide, SA

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Northern Territory

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Northern Territory costs, the average price for an 8 hour private trip is $1,062. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Northern Territory is 23 ft and the most common vessel type is a Aluminum fishing.

According to customer reviews, Barra Private Tours, Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters, and Wildman Fishing Tours are some of the most popular fishing charters in Northern Territory. Full list of top fishing charters in Northern Territory.

Barra Private Tours, Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters, and Wildman Fishing Tours all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Northern Territory.

The best way to experience fishing in Northern Territory is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Northern Territory.

The most popular fish species you can target are Barramundi, Black Jewfish, and Threadfin Salmon. Top fishing techniques include bottom fishing, trolling, and light tackle. River fishing, inshore fishing, and reef fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Top anglers can join in the NT Barramundi Classic, a week-long competition. Festivals are abundant this month – head to the music festival Blacken and food festival Taste of Kakadu. Check availability for local fishing charters in Northern Territory.