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THE YEAR OF THE GREAT RUNOFF... Arnhem Land Barra Lodge
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February 2017
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IT’S GOING TO BE…
THE YEAR OF
THE GREAT RUNOFF

If you’re looking forward to great Runoff fishing in 2017, it’s impossible to ask for a better wet season.
 

Following steady Build-up rain right from September, the Top End’s first monsoon arrived the week prior to Christmas and lingered well into the week after New Year. Heavy rainfalls were reported around Darwin and the Daly district south west of Darwin. Arnhem Land copped a deluge as well.  All the major Top End rivers were swollen with above average falls over January.
 

AND THEN THE SKIES REALLY OPENED UP…
 

A massive deluge literally drowned the Top End early February, with falls approaching 400mm in just three days.
It certainly was great news for Darwin local anglers as all the big rivers within a day trip of Darwin are well and truly flooding.
But serious monsoonal rainfall has been widespread with great falls right through Arnhem Land where places like Maningrida have received more than 100mm of rain in a day. The huge river catchments and floodplains that feed into the Barra Lodge’s big tidal rivers are overflowing with life-giving fresh waters. It’s developing into an inland sea so amazing Runoff fishing this March and April is assured. Watch this space as we report 100 barra boat days once the Runoff fishing season gets going.
 

BUT WAIT – THERE’S MORE…
 

As this Newsletter goes out, a tropical low is set to cross the eastern Top End into Arnhem Land and bring with it another motherlode of intense rainfall.

THERE’S NO DOUBT THAT 2017 WILL BE THE YEAR OF THE GREAT RUNOFF.

Top Barra Lodge guide Robbo Robinson was helping care-take the Lodge and scored this well conditioned 107cm barra in between rain showers just prior to Christmas. Fish like this could will be in a feeding frenzy when the season starts in March for what is sure to be a Runoff to remember.

THERE ARE STILL SOME SPOTS AVAILABLE FOR THE 2017 RUNOFF …DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS ONE!

Get in quick as bookings for the Runoff are limited to the months of March and April, and for the anticipated great Build-up to follow in October and November 2017.

What’s happening at the Barra Lodge

Lodge Manager Shaun Taylor will be back at the helm for 2017. Meanwhile, all the Barra Lodge boats are currently being fitted with new Suzuki 4 stroke motors and will be ready to roar when the 2017 season kicks off at the beginning of March. All the regular guides from last year will be back, including Andy Taylor, Robbo Robinson, Lance Butler, Declan Williams, Dylan Brier-Mills, Kurt Williamson and Warren Smith. There is a super abundance of barramundi-catching talent amongst this group of guides and we have no doubt that all our guests will be in excellent hands whether undertaking their first or fifth trip to the Lodge!

Postcards From the Barra Lodge

Phil Hall received a Christmas bonus by way of this healthy 96cm Arnhem Land Barra. Phil accompanied Alex Julius to the Lodge for the Christmas break.
Mia Taylor caught her first barra during her Christmas visit to the Lodge. Her dad and Lodge Manager, Shaun Taylor, was proud as punch.
Lodge Guide Robbo Robinson with a Xmas threadfin salmon. These exciting sportfish are prevalent in the creeks and rivers of Arnhem Land.
Lance Butler took a stint at caretaking the Lodge in January and has been keeping tabs on the local barra stocks as well. This one’s a solid 93cm fish. (Note the rainstorm in background).
Lance’s mate Mark Lee has been assisting with caretaker duties… as can be seen by the 106cm barra he is clutching above and the 103cm fish below. There won’t be any shortage of quality fish once the season opens in March!

Testimonials

Recapping a selection of testimonials from Arnhem Land Barra Lodge Guests in 2016:

“Outstanding trip from beginning to end. Knowledgeable staff and guides, with a real focus on ensuring that everyone had the most memorable experience.”
Tony Purcell March 2016

"I had the job of team leader of our large corporate group of 18 on our trip last week. This was my 5th or 6th trip to the Barra Lodge and I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the new luxury accommodation. Those safari suites are magnificent. The boats and guides were great and the fishing was what you expect at this place. Best barra was a 99cm caught heli-fishing. Our clients were truly satisfied so it was mission accomplished. Good job!"
Stuart Macdonald March 2016

"The accommodation is now really great the new boats are really easy to fish from the food is fantastic management is really proactive to your needs. The fishing guides are really good and provide you every opportunity to fulfil your dream of catching a big fish I have been here six times and it is amazing in all aspects of adventure holidaying."
Rod Lane April 2016

"I had an excellent fishing experience. Everything I thought it would be. Everyone was very friendly even all the other fishermen taking into account I was a lone fisher-woman. I loved it!"
Barbara Dyer April 2016

"Guides were all outstanding, always working hard to find the right location, use the right gear and the correct lures and plastics. The boats were modern and comfortable. This was my third visit in 14 months and I will go back again."
Alex Awramenko October 2016

"I cannot think of any thing that could have been improved. Will make recommendations to all I know who love to fish. Absolutely the best trip I have ever been on. All the staff where excellent and in particular the fishing guides went the extra distance to ensure we were spoilt with fish."
Michael Day  October 2016

"Thank you to all the fabulous team who made our fishing adventure a fantastic and memorable one. A special thanks to Andy our guide for getting us onto the fish and being great company on board the boat. It was great learning a few tips from you."
Alexis Taylor November 2017

"An outstanding fishing experience. I took my father to the Lodge for his 80th birthday. The staff couldn't do enough to make him feel special and worked incredibly hard to get us onto the fish. He will remember this trip for the rest of his life."
Clynton Bartholomeusz November 2016
Barra Lodge Safari Suites.
Barra Lodge Safari Suite interior looking out to the comfortably furnished patio. Safari suites can be configured as a double as shown here or twin share.
State-of-the-art Oceanmaster 741 Vortex “MV Blyth”.
Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge will reopen for fishing tours in 2017.

Be one of the first to experience this very exclusive location now that it has reopened for fishing. And by the way, Seven Spirit has also received huge downpours this wet season.

The Lodge is situated on the western side of Port Essington on the Cobourg Peninsula and operated by Outback Spirit Tours. It represents a sister destination to the Arnhem Land Barramundi Lodge at Maningrida. Initially fishing tours will be available in April and October 2017.
With the pristine waters of Port Essington on the Lodge’s doorstep and the fish-rich Arafura Sea just to the north, opportunities for keen anglers to explore and fish this scarcely-visited, remote region abound. Combining fantastic fishing opportunities with a luxurious resort-style Lodge situated in one the most remote areas of the Northern Territory is a recipe for an unforgettable wilderness adventure.
The magnificent Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge.
Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge is a short 45 minute scenic flight from Darwin.
Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge Resort’s palm fringed pool overlooks the tranquil waters of Coral Bay.
Deluxe habitat accommodation at Seven Spirit Bay is air-conditioned and features ensuite bathrooms.
Seven Spirit Bay sportfishing boats cater for the diverse array of amazing fishing opportunities on the remote Cobourg Peninsula.

TO ENJOY THE FINEST WILDERNESS BARRAMUNDI AND SPORT FISHING IN AUSTRALIA, GIVE ALEX OR ROGER A CALL NOW!

Alex and Roger have both guided many times at the Barra Lodge, and both have the names of happy clients up on the Barra Lodge Metre Board. Additionally, both these expert anglers are multiple-tournament winners and are highly regarded amongst their peers in the Top End. They are also well-acquainted with the fabulous sportfishing at Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge. In fact, at one time Alex operated his own safari camp in Garig Gunak Barlu National Park Arnhem Land not far from where Seven Spirit is now.
Alex and Roger will be able to impart their extensive knowledge about the incredible fishing on offer both in the Maningrida region where the Barra Lodge is located and on the Cobourg Peninsula where Seven Spirit Bay is located.
Call Alex or Roger on: 08 89831544
Email barralodge@nafa.com.au for details on fishing during the peak-season Run-off and Build-up
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