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Located in a remote and exclusive area, Arnhem Land can be considered a paradise for nature lover as well as incredible remote sportfishing experience seeker. Based in a location quite far away from civilization, Arnhem Land sure has its own unique attractiveness that can keep travelers and fishing fans coming back for more.
Claim to be the “best barra fishing in Australia”, Arnhemland Barramundi Nature Lodge has won a lot of awards for nothing. Its service, comfort, and world class fishing for barramundi and other great sportfishing and reef fishes will truly bring you unforgettable experience. Come and enjoy the barramundi fishing heaven in Arnhem Land, and you will soon see that its no accident this Nature Lodge has won its fame as well as been considered to be the first choice of many large corporations when seeking a remote, fishing-based-establishment for conferences, field trips and team building activities.
Arnhemland Barramundi Nature Lodge offers great barramundi and sportfishing tours during the period from March to December. Since this area is restricted to people holding permits issued by the Aboriginal traditional land owners, its pristine and natural beauty has been preserved for many years. Choosing one of the Nature Lodges tours, customers will not only have chance to experience their best fishing trip ever, but also entitled to accesses to 6 pristine Arnhemland rivers (the Tomkinson, Cadell, Mann, Blyth, Liverpool and Goomadeer), several coastal creeks and estuaries, and magnificent inland lagoons.
Arnhemland is the biggest and most remote Aboriginal land reserve in Australia which locates on the far north coast of the countrys Northern territory. The Nature Lodge resides on the coast close to Maningrida, which is about 400 kilometers away from the north east of the capital city in Northern territory, Darwin.
Tour Package Types
At Arnhemland Barramundi Nature Lodge, fishing tours run from March to December each year and vary in different durations.
- 2 night/2 days fishing
- 3 night/3 days fishing
- 4 night/4 days fishing
- 5 night/5 days fishing
- 6 night/6 days fishing
We also offer special tours during Fly Fishing Week. Please check our website for details on the dates and prices. All of the mentioned above tour types provide three options in terms of accommodation and number of persons fishing.
Type of Accommodation
Number of persons fishing to a boat
Quad Square Accommodation
Triple Share Accommodation
Twin Share Accommodation
For information on pricing, please refer to our website.
What does the price include?
The package price offered at Arnhemland Barramundi Nature Lodge includes:
- Transfer to and from Maningrida Airport
- Professionally-guided fishing
- Quality fishing tackle on a replacement in case of lost or damage basis
- Accommodation in Deluxe Ensuite Cabin or Safari Habitat Tent
- Laundry Service
- Prepared meals
- A selection of quality beers and wines
What kind of fish can you catch?
As stated in its name, Arnhemland Barramundi Nature Lodge is a paradise when it comes to barra fishing. But its not the only type of fisn Arnhemland can offer for your fishing adventure. There is a very high chance that you will get to encounter a number of other saltwater fishes such as queenfish, broadbarred mackerel, threadfin and blue salmon, cobia, giant trevally, golden trevally, Spanish mackerel, mangrove jack, golden snapper, coral trout, long tail tuna and that icon sportfish the giant herring. Whats more? There are also opportunities for fresh water lagoon fishing for tarpon and saratoga!
What should be brought with you for the tours?
Here in Arnhemland Barramundi Nature Lodge, we provide you almost everything needed for a great fishing trip. In order to make it an even greater experience, we recommend you to bring the following items with you:
- Lightweight, loose, and comfortable clothing. Non slip shoes which are stable and can withstand wetness and water.
- A wide-brimmed hat
- A compact-designed camera
- Medication pack
- Special drinks which you prefer
- Special sunscreen which you prefer (we do provide 30+ sunscreen in all of our boats)
All of our guided fishing operations are carried out using a fleet of up to 8 boats which strictly meet up with NT Survey requirements. In order to serve the customers in the best way possible, all of our boats are fully equipped with the following:
- Evinrude E-Tec Motors
- Boarding ladders
- Folding canopies
- VHF Marine radios
- EPIRB locating beacons
- Insect repellent
- First Aid Kits
- Rain jackets
- Satellite phones
Moreover, picnic lunches and soft drinks are freshly packed each day, along with ice created by our Ice making machine. Large coolers of fresh iced water are installed daily on each boat.
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PO Box 571 Howard Springs NT 0835
Want to have an unforgettable fishing trip? You have come to the right place! Whether you are an experienced or an amateur in fishing, whether you want to enjoy the fishing experience individually or wish to share the fun with a group of friends, Equinox Fishing Charters will satisfy all your needs.
Located at the coastline considered to be the best destination for fishing in Northern Australia, well definitely give you the best fishing tour ever. With many years of experience combined with passion for fishing, we are truly the expert when it comes to choosing the best location!
Based on the request of the customer, we provide half day tour, day tour and extended tour.
Half day tour
Our half day tour last for 5 hours with two options in terms of time: 7am – 12pm or 12.30pm – 5.30pm. Located up to 20kms away from Darwin, youll be taken to some of the best location for fishing.
During these 5 amazing hours, we will provide you tea, chilled soft drinks and water, as well as Penn & Wilson fishing rods with Tekota 700, Penn 320 and Shimano TLD 20 & TLD 25 reels, bait and ice.
Our day tour leaves at 7am from Cullen Bay Lock, and will return you at 5pm. In our day tour, you will get to travel up to 50 km away from Darwin and stop at many great reefs and wrecks throughout the day including:
- Bass Reef
- Charles Point
- Fish Reef
- Lorna Shoals
- Middle Reef
To make your day even better, we provide you tea, cheese and fruit platter, a smorgabord lucnh chilled soft drinks and water, as well as Penn & Wilson fishing rods with Tekota 700, Penn 320 and Shimano TLD 20 & TLD 25 reels, bait and ice.
Still not satisfy with the half day or day tour? Our extended tours will surely meet up with your demand. We currently provide two types of extended tours: extended days and extended trips. Youll be provided fishing mariner rods with Shimano Tekota & Penn reels bait and ice, all are supplied on a replacement if lost or damaged.
The extended day lasts for 15 hours from 6am to 9pm the same day. Throughout the day, we will provide you breakfast, tea in the morning and afternoon, a smorgasbord lunch and a BBQ dinner, a long with cold soft drinks and ice cold water.
The extended trip lasts for 22 hours from 6am until 4pm the following day with snacks, breakfast, BBQ dinner, smorgasbord lunch, tea and cold soft drinks and ice cold water.
Given the seasonal and tidal conditions, the extended tour covers the following fishing locations:
- Bathurst Island
- Melville Island
- Perron Island
Minimum and maximum number of people for each tour type:
For half day tours and day tours, we can carry out the tour for minimum 1 person and maximum 20 people. For extended tours (both extended day and extended trip), the minimum number of people is 12 and the maximum is 16.
What you should bring:
Since we will provide you almost everything needed for a wonderful fishing day, there are just some small personal things you can bring to make it even better such as camera, sunglasses, sunscreen, alcohol (mid and light beer). You should also wear a hat and long-sleeved cotton shirt. Theres no need to bring a glass if you want to take you beer with you into the boat, well have it there for you! For extended tour, you can bring some extra things like fly tackle, personal belongings (medicine, towels.)
Maximum Passengers: 20
Minimum Passengers: 1
Departure Time: 7am (for half day and day tour) and 6am (for extended day).
Departure Point: Cullen Bay Lock
Return Time: 5 pm (for half day and day tour) and 9 pm (for extended day) and 4 pm (for extended trip).
We currently use two vessels: Tsar and Equinox II. These two boats are the perfect choices when it comes to the fishing boats for both individual and group. With up-to-date electronics, it will complete your great fishing day out there in the blue water!
Tsar is a Stebecraft boat with the length of 11,5m (37 foot). It was licensed to carry maximum 12 people with a crew of 2. This boat is an ideal choice for a great day out on the water to hunt the fish of a lifetime. Its equipped with a large fishing desk and a canopy. Its speed is about 21 knots.
Equinox II is a 17m (55 foot) aluminum Millman Maxivision fishing vessel which can carry 18-20 people on board. Its pefect for group fishing with comfortable seating and large fishing deck. Moreover, you can even carry out a presentation or meeting in Equinox II thanks to large tables and seating. Wheel chair access is also available. It holds the speed of 19-20 knots.
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64 Marina Blvd, Cullen Bay NT 0820
One of the hardest parts about leaving the Northern Territory in Australia and heading overseas to work for a few years, aside from leaving behind many mates, was selling the Barra Boat and knowing that I was heading to a place with no Barramundi – Samoa. However it didn’t take long for me to realize that the absence of Barramundi would be well covered by the presence of Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi-Mahi and all manner of Billfish. As luck would have it, before leaving Australia I was introduced by a good mate, to the world of kayak fishing, and the start of a new adventure.
Before departing Australia I purchased the Hobie Mirage Adventure Island Tandem from Sunstate Hobie (www.sunstatehobie.com.au) on the Sunshine Coast. On the way through Victoria I dropped into Scot Lovig Hobie (www.slhobie.com.au) on the Mornington Peninsula and made some final equipment purchases. Samoa has never seen a Hobie Mirage Adventure Island Tandem, and already it has attracted lots of positive attention in a country where the outrigger canoe was invented long before the Hobie Mirage Adventure Island Tandem was ever dreamed about.
After importing and installing a Lowrance 385G Fish Finder/GPS combo hooked up to a sealed 12V rechargeable battery, the kayak was christened in the spirit of my old Barra Boat and named “The ofFISHal Angler”. In my limited spare time, the goal over the next few years is to explore uncharted waters, fish side by side with the locals in their traditional outriggers, and ultimately, land a big Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi-Mahi or if I’m lucky, a Marlin from the Hobie Mirage Adventure Island Tandem.
Each trip I carry a JVC HD video camera, and the vessel is fitted with 2 x Contour HD video cameras – one mounted on the starboard aka (structure joining the outrigger to the main hull), and another mounted as a headcam on my Hobie Kayak Baseball Cap. The 2 x Contour HD video cameras are also equipped with underwater casings and this will enable some great underwater footage of the kayak, fish and any diving or snorkeling adventures.
As these adventures take place, I will continue to Blog on www.fishingcharerbase.com through a series of short YouTube movies. Some of the YouTubes will be specifically aimed at kayak enthusiasts in a more ‘how to’ manner, for example, ‘How to install a Lowrance 385G Fish Finder/GPS combo, transducer and mounting bracket’ and ‘How to make a garage ceiling pulley storage system for the Hobie Mirage Adventure Island Tandem’. These YouTubes won’t all be about fishing, rather, they will take you on my Hobie Mirage Adventure Island Tandem journey…wherever that may take us.
Cheers for now,
(aka “The ofFISHal Angler”)