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6 APRIL 2017
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A terrific 108cm barra for Lodge regular, Peter Scott, who was over the moon with his first ever metrey. Peter fished with his dad Peter Scott senior, Trevor Scott & Reginald Watchman and reported that on their first day out at the Lodge they landed 140 barra in a hectic fishing session of double and triple hook-ups!
We said that this year’s “Wet Season” was shaping up as a  great one and it’s now official that this wet is the  5th wettest (so far) since records began, with a chance of becoming the 3rd wettest if we get a little more rain before the end of this month.


Limited last chance bookings for “The Year Of The Great Runoff are limited to dates between 11 – 18 April and 3 days from 30 April – 3 May 2017.

If you prefer to visit later in the year for the Build-up, fishing recommences from the 24th of September. We are anticipating a great Build-up to follow in October and November 2017. The rivers are full of barra now; it’s just where you look for them that will be different in the Build-up as the waters warm and the barra come on the bite again.

What’s happening at the Barra Lodge

Lodge Manager Shaun Taylor reports “Our aussie cricketers may be struggling, but the boats out at Barra Lodge have been knocking over a few cricket scores this last month. Several groups enjoyed 100+ barra per boat days, mixed in with plenty of other species like threadfin salmon, black jew, mangrove jack and golden snapper. Recently a group of 18 guests managed over a thousand fish in three days, with 490 barra, and many other species! The biggest barra so far has been 108cm, with 90s and 80s coming aboard as well”.
Shaun also went on to say that “guests have been hammered by the best run of black jewfish he has ever seen with clients’ drags being smoked all over the place by these rampaging beasts”.
“The bluewater fishing has been brilliant as well with scores of queenies and trevally as well as good numbers of coral trout and golden snapper being landed by our guests. There have also been good numbers of rampaging giant herring around which have been causing havoc with double and triple hook-ups”.

Postcards From the Barra Lodge

A happy trio show off their triple hook-up on black jew.
Martin Clark sports a typical “runoff” barra which have been featuring heavily in the “cricket scores”.
Antonio Italiano was pleased with his first-ever barra caught at the Barra Lodge.
Harry Bennett was all smiles after landing another of Arnhem Land’s sought-after sportfish, the threadfin salmon.
Tean & Maudrene dropped into the Barra Lodge for a few days to connect with some of the locals; this time it’s a splendid black jew.
Classic Barra lures are very effective on a wide variety of Top End sportfish, including this hard hitting mangrove jack.
Junior angler Jack Bennett with a solid 91 cm Arnhem Land barra.
Did we say the Black Jewfish were in plague proportions: this time it’s a duo of fighting black jew.
Lodge Guide Warren Smith gives a thumbs up for this big catch of tasty fresh mud crabs destined for the Lodge dining table.
Coastal floodplains inundated after the “Big Wet”. Plenty of “runoff” to come yet!
Another smiling client, well pleased with his first black jewfish.
Threadfin salmon have been a regular feature in the captures during this runoff.
Rob Calaby was amongst the action  here is one of his many barra.
Trevally mayhem on the bluewater and this one gave Rob Calaby a good workout before it was released.
School size Spanish mackerel have been about in big numbers Michael Brandt posed with this one before release.
Golden snapper are eagerly sought for their hard fighting and delicious eating. Peter Cook nailed this beauty.
Michael Brandt with an acrobatic queenfish that snatched his barra lure.
Nic Jones (L) & Peter Cook (R) with a brace of hard fighting trevally from a double hookup.
Peter Cook with a nice coral trout destined for the Lodge menu.
Lodge Guide, Declan Williams, shows off a ripper giant herring that took a liking to a soft plastic jig.
Lodge Manager Shaun Taylor sports a nice pair.
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”.


The staff and guides made our trip memorable and our accommodation was great. The fishing, sharks, crocs, storms, camaraderie made our Barra trip outstanding.
Thank you so much guys, we had a BALL.
Michael Southcott March 2017

Second visit to the Barra Lodge was just as memorable the first. Remoteness, fantastic food, amazing scenery and fish galore, and most importantly, crucial storytelling by our guide Declan. If ever there was a lull in the fishing, Declan would just tell us a story and the fishing would just perk up!
Leon Guest March 2017

The customer service and emphasis the staff at the lodge placed on making sure you were comfortable, safe yet still enjoying every moment was second to none. Shaun Taylor and his team are extremely customer focused and it was clear his whole team were working together to make sure our holiday was one to never forget.
Ryan O’Shea March 2017

I had my 84 year old father with me. It was pleasing as to the extent and facilities and support given by the guides to ensure he was able to have the same experience as the rest of us. It was great to see the guide casting for him and handing the rod back once cast.
Martin Clark March 2017

The staff are very knowledgeable. They are also friendly and helpful, but at the same time, very easy going. Enjoyed the mix of being near the aboriginal settlement –  perhaps a little more interaction with the traditional owners if possible but I do understand the limitations. The facilities were excellent in all aspects and transport to and from the boats and between the camp was seamless. Very professionally run outfit by Shaun, Andy and the girls. I would not hesitate to recommend to others.
Philip Middleton March 2017

Very well organised.  Accommodation, food and service for such a remote location were excellent. Fishing guides were very knowledgeable, helpful and patient
David Carpenter March 2017

Don’t forget SEVEN SPIRIT BAY WILDERNESS LODGE re-opens for fishing tours during April and October 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 the wet season.

Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge will reopen for fishing tours in 2017. 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.


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 or email for details on fishing during the peak-season Run-off and Build-up.
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