Arnhem Land Barra Lodge - Sensational Fishing, Superior Accommodation, Superb Dining.
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October 2020

Report From Senior Guide Dylan Brier-Mills:
"What a year it’s been for us all. We are very grateful to have a season this year after an interesting year. It’s been a great start to the season with familiar faces and lots of fish. The first few days of the season have been great. In fact, it’s been the most barra I've seen in the river on Lowrance Downscan and Sidescan sounder in 5 years!
Graham, Karen, Simon and Gail managed to catch 235 Barra in 3 days! The other boats also had great success with 50+ days common. This Build-up, the fish are in all the right areas and wanting to play, from trolled deep lures to shallow plastics. It won’t be long before a few big fish hit the decks!
But it’s not all about the insane Barra fishing! The bluewater is consistent as ever with coral trout and golden snapper ready for the menu. After experiencing such amazing fishing, our guests are able to enjoy a cold beer on the sunset deck and a few stories from the day… a tough year like this one has been soon gets forgotten.

We have prime spots still available during our Build-up peak season  in November.

Come and experience what is widely acclaimed as Australia's finest
barramundi fishing.

 Contact  Roger Sinclair, our Lodge booking and tour co-ordinator.

Phone 08 89831544 or email:
Simon Hall hefts a solid Arnhem Land barra, just one of the 235 that Graham, Karen, Gayle and Simon landed in just 3 days fishing.
Northern Territory Border Restrictions Eased!

With domestic travel restrictions eased with all states except Victoria, now is the perfect time to book a Build-up fishing trip at the Arnhem Land Barramindi Lodge before our 2020 season ends. Dont miss out!

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Here are some happy snaps of Lodge guests who were lucky enough to be the first to visit since the Covid lock-downs and disruptions interrupted proceedings at the Lodge in early March 2020.
A triple barra catch! There's a frenzy of barramundi action available right now in our Arnhem Land waters.
Ben Schnitzerling with a beauty from the many he caught. You won't get that smile off his face in a hurry.
The action on the bluewater was also full-on. Gayle Hall was excited to land this hard-pulling brassy trevally.
The blue bastard is so named for its colour and fastidious eating habits, and is a great catch on a lure. A difficult fish to fool by any standard, it is a prized catch, particulary for saltwater fly fishers. This one was landed by Karen Whyte.
Cobia are abundant in our Lodge waters, and will often travel alongside mantaray, making them easy to target visually. Hard fighting and very tasty, this cobia was caught by Andrew Chapman whilst jigging soft plastics out on the blue water.
Karen Whyte gets into the action again, this time with a fair chunk of saltwater barra.
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Cricket Score Catch of Barra & Threadies
Basically, the barra have been "stacked up" and multiple catches have been very much the norm.

Arnhem Land Barra Lodge 2021 Runoff season will commence guided fishing operations from mid-February 2021.

A great Wet Season is predicted with northern Australia likely to be wetter than average in coming months.

The latest climate outlook from the Bureau of Meteorology indicates a high chance of above-average rainfall across most of Australia in the November 2020–January 2021 period, with similar chances of above-average rainfall across northern Australia in the December 2020–February 2021 period. This is due to  a strong La Niña  presence in the tropical Pacific Ocean. A La Niña weather pattern is typically associated with above-average rainfall across most of northern Australia during spring and summer when above-average rainfall is most likely to occur across much of the Top End of the Northern Territory.

The Runoff is the post-wet season, peak fishing period at the Barra Lodge with cricket-score numbers of barra commonly encountered, not to mention a large variety of other lure-munching estuarine species.
The bluewater fishing is also spectacular, and at times world-class. You can expect explosive popper sessions on big queenies, wild workouts on various trevally species, smoking drags from runaway Spanish mackerel, lock-down battles with big black jewfish or a hot bite on thumping golden snapper, coral trout, bluebone and other tasty reef fish.

The Arnhem Land Barra Lodge looks forward to offering you the
trip of a lifetime.
Call now to discuss your Runoff trip.

Contact Roger on 08 89831544 or email:
Steve Beckinham's ripper 113cm Barra from the 2019 Runoff.
Maningrida Boat Ramp Upgrade
A vast improvement on the old boat ramp, the new one features four lanes with a wider access channel. This will facilitate easier launching and retrieval of the Barra Lodge fleet on barge days.
The Barra Lodge is always keeping up with the latest and best technology and has the most up-to-date Lowrance HDS Live units installed in all its boats. Thanks to the HDS Live Active Imaging feature, our guides see structure, cover and fish with a new level of refined detail and at a range unmatched by any other structure-imaging technology.
Barra Lodge boats are fitted with Minn Kota electric motors with GPS navigation "spot lock" which allows precise positioning to maximise fishing opportunities.
It's time to get ready for the day's fishing. Guests travel to and from the boat ramp from the Barra Lodge in a comfortable, air-conditioned, four-wheel-drive Mercedes coach.
Exceptional barramundi fishing and world-class
bluewater sportfishing await both novice
and experienced anglers
at the Arnhem Land Barramundi Lodge. 

Call now if you are keen to experience the best fishing imaginable by
visiting the Barra Lodge for an unforgettable fishing adventure.
Call 08 89831544 or email
Testimonials From The Start of the Build-up Season 2020
Thank you , we had the best time. It’s difficult to  put it into words but rest assured we appreciated all your assistance. An experience we will never forget.
Richard Chapman October 2020

You feel like you are truly on holiday from the moment you leave Darwin. Increasingly it is difficult to find areas you may holiday where you have left the pressures of life behind. Barra lodge gives that opportunity.
Ben Schnitzerling October 2020

The best time and fun had! Could not recommend Barra Lodge any higher! The whole experience was second to none!
Andrew Chapman October 2020

Our small group had a wonderful 3 days of fishing and managed to catch barra in good numbers each day.
Graham Whyte October 2020
Sunset muster for an icy ale and spirited chinwag.
The front deck at the Barra Lodge overlooks the Tomkinson River floodplain. It's a great spot to savour a beverage from the bar or just take in the panoramic view.
Accommodation is twin-share, double or single in 12 luxury safari suites.
The Lodge's luxury bush accommodation is air-conditioned
with spacious ensuite bathrooms.
Lodge accommodation is surrounded by natural bush land. Each safari suite has its own private balcony complete with comfortable outdoor furnishings.
After a great day's fishing, enjoy a refreshing drink at the Barra Bar.
Chef Sergio Galvao conjours up a magnificent mud crab feast.
Super stable Oceanmaster boats
are a superb fishing and travelling platform.
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