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The Jewel Reef Experience
Are you looking for a reason to get fit? A monster GT or two maybe a Dogtooth or a Spaniard or 20 . There is something amazing about fishing the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef… the fish just seem bigger and the water clear and clear. Popper fishing for Coral Trout in 2 feet of water or jigging for deep water trout and reds is never going to get old. Get up before the dawn for a crack at an early morning GT or Spaniard maybe a Coral Trout for breakfast Then in the afternoon you will have the option of getting the game rods out and having a crack at some light/heavy game fishing. Once you see a 600lb plus Marlin peel line off your shimano 130 set at 45 kg of drag faster and longer than anything you have seen before, you will be figuratively and metaphorically speaking HOOKED!!
Why not you will sit back and admire the world before your next cast out on to the waters of the Great Barrier Reef in search of the elusive 100 pounds of rampaging-unforgiving Jewel Reef GT.
ust because we can we will target other line peeling tropical sports fishing superstars like northern bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna maybe some mahi-mahi… There is the sushi me fish for the evening what about some nice Spanish mackerel or are the absolute speedster of the ocean wahoo fillets for the barbecue. That is not to mention that you are going to be fishing in some of the best light tackle and heavy tackle game fishing waters of the world. One never says no to a Sailfish or a black marlin or three. There is absolutely nothing like watching line peel off your stella fishing reel and anyone of the above topical sports fishing superstars do their best to smoke you in the hazardous tropical reefs that you are fishing in.
If you want to catch a 10lb wild brown trout, you get to the backcountry in New Zealand. If you want to catch a 400lb arapaima, you head to the wilds of South America. Maybe you want to catch a 100lb tarpon then it’s off to Florida you go. This is big barramundi country and your guide for the next week will work to get you in tune with targeting these monsters. The first morning that I fished the Liverpool River many moons ago I caught an 87 cm an 88 cm and indeed an 89 cm barramundi dropping fish well over a metre all week as my excitement had me slightly out of tune with the big fish.
It is not just the Liverpool River that you will have access to.
You will have unfettered exclusive access to a number of pristine Arnhem Land rivers the Liverpool ff course, Tomkinson, Mann and Goomadeer) plus several coastal creeks and estuaries. The remote and extensive waterways in this Arnhem Land region have a well-earned reputation for offering some of the best barra fishing in the world.
You will primarily target the famous barramundi but you will most likely encounter a number of other saltwater estuary species such as threadfin and blue salmon, mangrove jack and black jewfish. Venturing offshore, golden snapper, coral trout, bluebone, queenfish, Spanish mackerel, broad-barred mackerel, longtail tuna, giant trevally, golden trevally, cobia, and that icon sportfish the giant herring are abundant in the warm tropical waters that adjoin the Arnhem Land coast. There may also be opportunities for freshwater fishing for barramundi, tarpon and saratoga.
Every meal is prepared by their resident cook, who takes delight in exceeding your culinary expectations. Their mouth-watering meals are not complicated, but the quality of the food will have you feeling as though you were being served at a 5 star restaurant. We understand that you are not escaping the hustle and bustle of the real world to then encounter complicated food.
Arnhem Land Barramundi Nature Lodge operates a fleet of eight ‘state of the art’ OceanMaster vessels. These unsinkable (don’t think Titanic) and super stable vessels are the ultimate when it comes to fishing remote Top End waters. The boats have the ability to cut through choppy waters with ease and offer the most stable platform available for barramundi fishing. They have the latest Lowrance SideScan and StructureScan fish-finding technology and navigation equipment. All boats have been fitted with the latest Minn Kota I-Pilot electric motors for the ultimate in stealth fishing. Boats are fitted with VHF Marine radios, satellite telephones and a full safety kit with EPIRB emergency locating beacons. Insect repellent, sunscreen, first-aid kits and rain jackets are also carried on all our boats.
Long story short superb boats to fish out of even if you have a group of three.
One of the biggest changes to the operation is the quality of the lodge. Gone are the days of the bucket being beside the toilet and fans and other electrical devices not working. This is as good as fishing lodge accommodation gets. In early 2015 Outback Spirit purchased the Arnhem Land Barramundi Lodge with consent from the traditional owners. A major redevelopment included the construction of 12 brand new safari suites, on the Mitchell Plateau. The restaurant features a large deck and boasts sensational views, the perfect vantage point for a magical sunset over the Tomkinson River floodplains. There in-house chef will prepare freshly caught Barramundi, so be sure to catch a few to bring back!
Oh and don’t forget the Barramundi Bar is located on the shaded front deck together with additional outdoor seating and dining for up to 24. The bar is stocked with a selection of quality wines and beer that are available for purchase while soft drinks are complimentary.
HOW TO GET THERE
The team at FishingEarth will work with you to put together the most cost-effective and time-efficient travel plans for you. You will remain comfortable and stress-free as you journey to this fabulous location and back home again. Darwin to Maningrida is the only commercial route that can be taken. Depending on your departure point you may need to overnight in Darwin either side of your FishingEarth fishing adventure. We work with you to get you in and out as quickly as possible as no hotel or airline lounge is as good as your own home or the fishing lodge.
Everything you need to know.
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Barramundi, Fingermark Jew Fish, Tarpon, Queenfish , Saratoga, Coral Trout, , Spanish Mackerel , Cobia, Giant Trevally, Golden Trevally, , Estuary Cod, Barracuda, Blue
The fishing season for the Barra Lodge starts in March and ends on 1 May and then starts up again in October through to late December.
The packages range from two nights through to 7 nights.
The team at FishingEarth will work with you to put together the most cost-effective and time-efficient travel plans for you. You will remain comfortable and stress-free as you journey to this fabulous location and back home again. Darwin to Maningrida is the only commercial route that can be taken. Depending on your departure point you may need to overnight in Darwin either side of your FishingEarth fishing adventure. We work with you to get you in and out as quickly as possible as no hotel or airline lounge is as good as your own home or the fishing lodge. The airstrip at Maningrida is capable of landing most private aircraft.
Q. Where is Maningrida?
A. Maningrida is in Arnhem land the Northern Territory. Accessible via commercial flights from Darwin daily.
Q. Is the water drinkable up there?
A. Fantastic drinking water.
Q. Can washing be done?
A. Yep, each day the staff will wash anything you need washed.
Q. Is there hot water?
A. Yep, unlimited gas hot water.
Q. Is there mobile phone reception?
A. Yes unfortunately but only with Telstra
Practice your casting as spot on cast will get you more fish in this location. The more accurately you can get that first cast in the greater your chance of joining the 100 club. More importantly you will increase your catch rate.