Darwin Fishing in the
Great Northern Territory


Darwin fishing has lots of excitement in store for anglers of all experience levels, from the green beginner to the most seasoned veteran.

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The hundreds of kilometres of pristine coastline, big tidal rivers, lush billabongs and mangrove-lined estuaries of Darwin offer some of the best fishing Down Under, with waters teeming with a wide variety of fish.

Fishing Seasons in Darwin

Fishing Northern Territory is excellent all year round. The cooler mid-year months are excellent for fly and reef fishing while estuary fishing is much more productive during the summer months of December to March.

Fishing for Barramundi in Darwin

With 2,900 miles of coastline and 400 miles of the Murray River to explore, there’s never a dull day when fishing South Australia.

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The Northern Territory is home to premier sport fish of Australia, the Barramundi, which can grow to a length of up to 130 cm. Dreams of snagging a prize sized Barramundi draws anglers from all over the world to this location year after year.

The barramundi is undoubtedly one of the most sought after species in these waters and the best chances of catching one are between the months of March and April.Prime barra haunts include the Darwin harbour, Mary River, Victoria river, Daly river and Kakadu National part.

Other Popular Fish Species in These Waters

With 2,900 miles of coastline and 400 miles of the Murray River to explore, there’s never a dull day when fishing South Australia.

Some of the other common species you are likely to find when fishing are Saratoga, coral trout, jewfish ad golden snapper.

One of the most distinctive characteristic is the size of the fish you will find in these waters. The fish are BIG! Take a look at the maximum sizes of the fish that swim the Darwin waters:

  • Barramundi – can grow up to 130 cm in length
  • Groper and cod – can grow to well over 200 kg
  • Cobia- grows to over 50 kg
  • Longtail Tuna- can attain a maximum weight of 15 kg
  • Saddle Tail Snapper- weight in excess of 10 kg
  • Golden Snapper- can grow to over 8 kg
  • Coral Trout – max size 8 kg

Chartering a Boat in Darwin

fishing in darwinThe sheer number of fish species and the variety of fishing environments has given rise to a thriving Darwin fishing tourism industry in the Northern Territory.

If you are an inexperienced angler, it is best to join one of the many fishing tours that you will find in this area. Which one you choose depends on the type of fish you are going after. With 2,900 miles of coastline and 400 miles of the Murray River to explore, there’s never a dull day when fishing South Australia.

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