Put down the iPads and iPhones you got for Chrissy and reconnect with family or ya mates with a reel and rod. Check out these top five fishing spots and you could add your name to the list of Territory barra fishing legends… or at least be pretty popular at dinner time.
- For a wicked few days on the water you can’t beat Daly River. Located around 250km south of Darwin, make the most of your stay with camping and hotel accommodation at Daly River Resort. Fishing charters and guides to help you lure a barra are also available
- Shoal Bay is close to town and a ripper place to bag a metery. Make sure you don’t get smashed by the low tide, though. Anyone caught out in the bay will be “locked in” by a network of sandbars and, short of an aerial rescue, there’s no way out until the tide returns.
- An hour-long drive from Darwin, the clear, build-up season waters of Leaders Creek teem with tropical sportsfish, all sorts of bait and, of course, barra. The creek leads into the nearby Adelaide River, which is a fishing mission all its own.
- While this popular recreational location doesn’t sound like your typical fishing haven, Manton Dam is actually great for finding barra. Camping isn’t allowed at the Dam, but its close proximity to Darwin makes it a sweet little day trip.
- Darwin Harbour is known for quality fishing even when the tides don’t suit. You don’t have to travel too far either, and can be back at home or your hotel enjoying a beer and cooking your catch while it’s still fresh.
Good luck out there! And make sure you’re registered before you hit the water.