If you have ever dreamed of breaking away from the Southern winter and enjoying blue skies, balmy days and fishing on pristine waters, you are in luck! Escape the Southern cold and head to the Top End to fish the Dry Season for Barramundi, Jewfish, Tuna, Mackerel or line burning Trevally. We cater for everybody – from the fanatic to those who just want to get out there and have an unforgettable experience. The fishing off Dundee can be insane! At this time of the year, Pelagic Schools are so thick and the fish hit hard and run long, resulting in breath taking strikes and mind blowing fights.
- 4 days of Barra and/or Blue Water fishing
– Enjoy private air-conditioned accommodation at base camp at Dundee Beach, a short walk to the Public Bar at the Lodge of Dundee.
- all transfer to/from anywhere in Darwin to Dundee Beach
- all meals and light refreshments while on the fishing trip included
- all tackle and gear provided
- experienced guides
Just Bring your clothes(long sleeve light weight), toiletries, sunscreen, repellent and alchohol (can purchase at Lodge of Dundee).
Runoff (March – May)
The runoff season can be intense! We often carry 200 bag’s of soft plastic lures to handle the work load! The fishing is HOT – on several occasions exceeding a hundred Barra a day! Main Activities – Casting lures and flys at flooded creeks and snags. WHY IS THE ‘RUN-OFF’ THE BEST TIME TO FISH FOR BARRAMUNDI? When the wet season rains fall, the rivers and creeks flood over the grassy plains. ‘Run off’ occurs at the end of the Wet Season when the floodplains are draining into the big rivers. Small Rainbow fish and tadpoles wash down from the floodplains into gutters, and there they huddle together in eddies. Barramundi gather at these gutters for an easy feed. The ‘Barra’ sit against the edge of the gutter with their head down and tail up, ready to inhale the bait fish that swim over them. In this feeding position they can look forward and up, sensing any vibration, such as your lure! Species – Barramundi, Mackerel, Queenfish, GT’s, Threadfin & Blue Salmon, Cobia, Tuna,Trevally, Golden Snapper and Black Jewfish.
Dry Season (May – September)
Large bait balls form off the coast from mid May and hold for a number weeks, attracting queenfish & mackerel. Some of the fish caught in this season, must be on steroids, for example the 18 kg Queenfish caught on fly in May. That’s a lot of queenie and a lot of sweat. Main Activities – Trolling lures, casting to rocks & snags. Blue water jigging. Fly fishing Species – Barramundi – some good eating “Saltys” in this lot Threadfin Salmon, GTs, Queenfish – expect some XOS fish, Trevally, Spanish Mackerel – same as for Queenfish and expect some genuine “line burners.”
Build Up (October – December)
This is the best period for sight casting/polaroiding the flats for “Barra” & Threadfin. This can be both a thrilling and testing time. Accurate casting with lure or fly is essential, as an angler may have up to 50 shots in a day. How many you capture is all up to you and your skills! ( and of course, expert tuition from your guide) A note on this style of fishing, we can’t over emphasize how important it is to have the best quality sunglasses money can buy as the glare off the water is extreme. Main Activities – Trolling lures, casting to rocks & snags. Blue water jigging. Fly fishing. Species – Barramundi, Threadfin Salmon, GTs, Queenfish, Trevally, Spanish Mackerel, Tuna and Fingermark Bream.