Arnhem Land & Melville Island

Arnhem Land is a large area of aboriginal land on the coast of Australia’s Northern Territory. This area is home to the greatest barramundi fishery in the world. Barramundi, known locally as barra, are the most popular sportfish in Australia. In most locations, a 60-80cm barra is considered impressive, however, in Arnhemland, anything under a meter long (~40”) is considered small! Boating multiple meter plus fish in a session is not uncommon when the conditions are right.

While smaller fish can be sight cast in the shallows, the biggest barra are caught in tidal stretches of rivers where they move up and down with the tide. Big barra set up around structure such as fallen trees, and tidal creeks mouths where they will lie waiting for prey. These fish know that as the tide falls, mullet and prawns will aggregated around these spots, making for an easy meal. Boats are positioned upstream allowing the angler to cast and drift flies into structure. You will need to place your fly within striking range, making precise casting and awareness of where your fly swims crucial. 

 

While barra are the main target, fantastic inshore  fishing for queenfish, GT and snapper are just a short boat ride away. Particularly on the incoming tide, monster trevally and queenfish can be targeted over shallow reefs. It’s not as majestic  as sight fishing them on the flats, but the action is red hot, and landing multiple 20-30lbers in rapid succession can be expected. In the deeper holes, golden snapper, known locally as fingermark can be targeted with a fast sinking line, and make for a tasty meal! The simple truth is that there are so many fish here and so little pressure, it’s really hard not to be successful!

 

Due to its remoteness, most of the lodges have private runways and are accessed via charter flight. Motherships are another option for anglers wishing to experience multiple locations in a limited timeframe. 

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Arnhemland & Melville Island

Quick Facts

SPECIES

GEAR

SEASON

Barramundi10wt Floating, Intermediate, Fast SinkMarch - October
Giant Trevally, Queenfish10-12wt, Intermediate, Fast SinkMarch - October
Snapper10wt Fast SinkMarch - October

While smaller fish can be sight cast to in the shallows,

the biggest barra are caught in tidal stretches of rivers where they move up and down with the tide.

Although barra are the main target, fantastic inshore fishing for queenfish,

GT and snapper are just a short boat ride away.

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