Darwin Fishing Reports

Joseph Boneaparte Gulf

September 04, 2015 by Viv Thistlethwaite

Trip Info


With 7 anglers and 4 crew we departed Darwin for Joseph Boneaparte Gulf. After steaming for 18 hours we stopped at Port Keats for a look around. The water has been exceptionally cold and the Barramundi quiet. Later that day we steamed for another 10 hours to reach the remote grounds of the Gulf. Here the Barramundi seemed to be biting well, with the water temp rising. We hooked up and had whole baked Barra for dinner, which was loved by all. The Barra classic lures did the trick. We spent 4 nights, five days fishing this vast area, encompasing new ground everyday. We had one really windy morning and thought we would have to stay, however that wind dropped and we had a comfortable cruise back towards Darwin. On the way we spent a couple of days reef fishing catching Tricky Snapper, coral trout, cod, spanish flag and red emperor. The water with reef spore was not great for Mackerel, however we did manage some of reasonable size. All in all this 10 day adventure was enjoyed by all.

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