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Andrew Currie’s 115cm barra was landed and released on 26 October. Barra Lodge Guide: Lance Butler.
Andy Currie strikes again with another great metrey on 27 October: this boof head 106cm was caught with guide Andy Taylor on a Classic F18. Congratulations to Andy.
It’s day 3, 28 October, and Matthew Robinson bags this 102cm beauty which is his first metre-plus barra after 15 years of trying to catch one. The hat trick is completed. Guide: Wazza Smith. A cricket score of other barra were also caught between the metrey action. The build-up is on fire. We just need a $M barra caught now.
No metreys on day 4, but David McAuliffe’s 96cm barra went close. Guide: Kurt Williamson.
 What do fishing guides do on their days off at the Lodge? Go fishing of course. Lodge guide Dylan Brier Mills landed this 112cm model early in October.

Million Dollar Fish Bonus

20% discount on selected dates in
November 2016

Your chance to experience the great fishing at the Arnhem Land Barra Lodge and save 20%

Just a few spots still on offer at 20% discount
15 - 21 November and 22 - 26 November


That’s right. If you are lucky enough to catch one of the $10,000 tagged barra while at the Lodge, Outback Spirit Tours will match that value ($10,000.00) against your next Lodge booking. How good is that!
Of course, if you catch the $MILLION FISH itself, we won’t be matching that, but we’re sure you’ll be happy enough anyway with A MILLION DOLLARS JUST FOR CATCHING ONE BARRA!
It may not have been a Million Dollar Barra, but Kyle Forsyth had plenty of reasons to smile with his 109 cm barra caught at the Lodge in mid-October.
There are still great spots available during the Barra Lodge’s limited Build-up season during November. With the great special deals we currently have available, there’s no better opportunity than now to participate in the competition to catch a prized tagged barra. It’s also when you can expect some outstanding barramundi fishing as the Build-up is prime-time barra fishing.
Click on the above image to register for the Million Dollar Fish.

Call 08 89831544 or email now to find out how you can fish for the
Million Dollar Barra or just a Million Barra!

Report from Lodge Manager Shaun Taylor

Build Up… Big Barras… Brilliant Bluewater
Late October has provided a run of metre-plus fish, with several clients getting their names on the metre board. The latest lucky angler, Matthew Robinson, was ecstatic after hunting a metrey for 15 years all over the NT. Our crew are all stoked that it was the Barra Lodge that provided this angler milestone! Experienced guide Wazza Smith put Matthew in the right place, and the rest is history! As I write this, we have seen three metreys in three days, with our guests out hunting for number four!
Our guides are locating good numbers of barra on their Lowrance side-scanning electronics, and slow-rolled soft plastics and vibes have proved very effective.
Out on the blue water, some of our guests are taking advantage of the glassy conditions and sampling the often frantic action on Spanish mackerel, queenfish, giant herring, longtail tuna and of course the myriad of first-class reef species like coral trout, golden snapper and bluebone.
Other guests have journeyed to a neighbouring river system, as they have not caught mangrove jacks before, and would love to tick that off their list. With our guides’ knowledge, we can hopefully make that happen in an area we know from experience that the “red devils” frequent.
November is looking good for more big barras, and I’m quietly confident we may have to order a few more plaques for the metre board. This time of year also is prime time on the blue water, with golden snapper moving into the close reefs in numbers, attacking all manner of lures presented to them.
With a good wet season forecast, we’re all looking forward to a fabulous Runoff in 2017. I suggest you talk to Alex and Roger early so you don’t miss out.

Shaun Taylor
Lodge Manager


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

A fantastic experience. From the welcome to the food to the fishing, everything was first class.
Andy Currie October 2016.

Will open for fishing tours in 2017

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 but, subject to demand, tours may be extended into March as well.
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 sportfishing boats cater for the diverse array of amazing fishing opportunities on the remote Cobourg Peninsula.


All fishing is from the Lodge’s custom twin-hull cat-style MV Eagle, a purpose-built, stable 11 metre craft, and 7.6 metre Eliminator sportfishers, MV Victoria and MV Coburg, all of which are powered by late model Suzuki outboards and skippered by your own personal fishing guide. Lodge guests have access to the pristine waters of Port Essington and beyond. The coastline features huge expanses of coastal beaches, rocky headlands, inshore and offshore reefs plus a number of tidal estuarine creeks – all of which are a fishing paradise. There are plenty of opportunities for fantastic bluewater fishing for a variety of desirable pelagic species such Spanish mackerel, broad-bar mackerel, giant trevally (GTs), queenfish, longtail tuna, giant herring and golden trevally.
If jigging over the inshore reefs is more your style, golden snapper, coral trout, bluebone, estuary cod and many other reef species are a welcome addition to the Lodge menu.
Meanwhile barramundi, threadfin salmon and mangrove jack inhabit the coastal creeks and can often be sight-fished in these sandy, clear, pristine waterways.
As with the Barra Lodge, at Seven Spirit Bay there will be ample opportunities to enjoy the fine table fish that you catch, skilfully prepared by the Lodge’s resident chef.
Seven Spirit Bay barra are typically silver with A yellow tail... a true salty


Seven Spirit Bay is a luxury wilderness lodge located on the western side of Port Essington on the Cobourg Peninsula along the Northern Territory’s northern coastline some 200km northeast of Darwin. It is only accessible by boat from Black Point on the eastern shore of Port Essington, or by a 45 minute scenic flight from Darwin, across Van Diemen Gulf to the Lodge’s private airstrip at Vashon Head. The Lodge is an easy 20km drive through tropical savannah bushland from the airstrip.
Seven Spirit Bay is an iconic Northern Territory wilderness lodge and one of the very first luxury lodges in the Northern Territory’s outback, having been originally built in 1990.
Acquired by Outback Spirit Tours in 2015, Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge received a new lease of life thanks to a $3.5 million redevelopment that was completed in April 2016. The main Lodge has amazing waterfront views and a superb tropical palm-fringed swimming pool that overlooks the idyllic waters of Coral Bay. Ultra-luxurious “habitat” accommodation is twin share and features architecturally designed ensuite bathrooms, beautiful furniture and a front balcony which is a great place to soak up the secluded ambience of this remote location.
Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge is part of Outback Spirit’s  chain of luxurious bush Lodges that are dotted across Arnhem Land which also includes the famous Arnhem Land Barra Lodge at Maningrida and a another new camp established  near Ramingining, the Murwangi Safari Camp. Each of these remote locations is visited during their 12 day Arnhem Land wilderness adventure bus tours culminating with the final stopover at the jewel in the crown, Seven Spirit Bay.
The Lodge has a small fleet of purpose-built, magnificently-appointed sportfishing boats.


Other activities at Seven Spirit Bay include a visit to the historical ruins of the Victoria Settlement (a British outpost established in 1838 and abandoned in 1849), four wheel drive wildlife safari tours, and guided nature and bird-watching walks. We are able to tailor packages to suit each individual client’s requirements, including: accommodation, fishing preferences and chartered flights.
Inside the main Lodge features a comfortable lounge, bar and
well-appointed dining room.
Relax on the Lodge’s comfortable outdoor furnishings.
Locally-caught fresh seafood is a Lodge speciality.
Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge as viewed from the private jetty.
Absolute waterfront location.
Palm-fringed tropical resort pool has spectacular ocean views.
Above: Deluxe ensuite air-conditioned “habitat” accommodation.
From the airstrip at Vashon Head, it’s a relaxing 20 minute bushland drive via air-conditioned 4WD coach to the Lodge.
Broad beamed, stable 7.5 metre Eliminator sportfishers have huge decks that can easily cater for 4 anglers.
MV Eagle is an 11 metre twin-hull cat-style that provides a superbly-comfortable fishing platform, front and rear.
The Lodge boats are ultra-stable in this tropical paradise.
Sunset view from Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge across Coral Bay.


Fish two iconic Territory Lodges in the one tour:

Arnhem Land Barramundi Lodge
Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge

A brand new tour that incorporates two iconic Top End Lodges (Arnhem Land Barramundi Lodge and Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge) will be available in 2017.
Recently IFISH host, Paul Worsteling and retired World Champion MotoGP motorcycle ace, Casey Stoner, sampled the first combo tour with three days fishing at each Lodge. Commencing at the Arnhem Land Barra Lodge, they enjoyed some terrific barra fishing sessions before backing that up with some excellent Spanish mackerel and golden snapper catches at Seven Spirit Bay. Paul and Casey enjoyed a terrific cameo session, sight-casting barra in a local coastal creek. Eyeballing barra and then watching them inhale lures and flies that they cast to them really had the boys excited.
Casey Stoner (L) and Paul Worsteling were the first to experience the twin Lodge tour. They had some hot barra sessions at the Arnhem Land Barra Lodge to kick start their trip.
Paul assists Casey with a solid Seven Spirit Bay Spanish mackerel that took a liking to a Lift-and-drop jig technique. Fortunately, the mack was lip hooked which avoided the lure being snipped of by the its razor-sharp fangs.

Typical Combo Tour Itinerary

7 nights with 6 days of Fishing
Depart Darwin:  Day 1 - Private charter flight departs Darwin at 3.00pm, arriving  Vashon Head at approximately 3.45pm, followed by a 20 minute transfer to Seven Spirit bay Wilderness Lodge via air-conditioned bus.
Accommodation Seven Spirit Bay:  4 nights in 5-star twin-share air-conditioned deluxe  “habitat” style accommodation.
Fishing Days: (Days 2, 3 & 4) 3 days bluewater and estuary fishing.
Depart Seven Spirit Bay: Day 5 - Depart via private charter flight from Vashon Head at 8.30am. Arrive in Maningrida at approximately  9.15am. Commence fishing on arrival.
Accommodation Arnhem Land Barra Lodge: 3 nights in twin-share air-conditioned deluxe safari suite accommodation.
Fishing Days: (Days 5, 6 & 7) 3 days barra fishing.
Depart Maningrida: Day 8 - Depart with Airnorth scheduled flight at 12.05pm, arriving Darwin at 1.10pm.
It’s only a little barra but it serves the purpose here: Paul discusses the finer points of sight-casting for barra in one of the coastal creeks at Seven Sprit Bay with Seven Spirit Lodge Manager, Andrew Orley (R). 20 barra were sight-cast in this one session.
Paul was impressed with the variety of fish that could be caught whilst jigging on some of the inshore reef structure out from Seven Spirit Bay. Here he displays a superb golden snapper that snaffled a metal jig.

Feedback from Paul Worsteling and the IFISH Team

“Hello to all our fabulous NT friends - Shaun, Andy, Wayne, Brian, Lance, Andrew, Warren, Greg and Alex, and of course Courtney and Andre, who helped put this amazing IFISH shoot together.

“Casey, the film crew and I had an absolute blast and we were looked after like kings. “I couldn’t believe the new-look Barra Lodge with its air-conditioned ensuite safari suites and the great boats… what an amazing destination in the middle of nowhere. And then we arrived at Seven Spirit where I’ve never been before, and I nearly fell over. Unbelievably, it was yet another level up from the Barra Lodge. Absolute luxury in a remote paradise, that’s for sure. Clearly great for the fishos and just perfect for couples.

“Your hospitality and guiding expertise are second to none and made the trip so memorable and enjoyable, with some truly-outstanding fishing.

“The IFISH crew can’t wait to get back up with you in April next year with the winner of our Boatsales IFISH Apprentice Competition.

“From all of us at IFISH TV many, many thanks!”

Warmest regards,
Paul and the IFISH Team
Casey and Paul display the fruits of a jigging session over inshore reef patches in
Seven Spirit’s Port Essington.
Casey with one of several brightly-marked barcheek coral trout jigged on artificial lures… a superb table fish.

Fish the “Runoff” in 2017

Bookings for the Runoff in late February, March and April 2017 are now open at the Barra Lodge. Now is the time to book for your 2017 Runoff trip. Forecast weather patterns indicate this next Runoff promises to be a beauty, and spaces are filling fast. Why miss out when you don't have to?


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.
Alex and Roger will be able to impart their extensive knowledge about the incredible fishing on offer in the Maningrida region where the Lodge is located.
Call Alex or Roger on: 08 89831544
Email for details on fishing during the peak-season Run-off and Build-up



JUST IN... 2 more metreys in the last three days: Michael Day landed a spectacular 109cm barra and a day later landed a 104cm barra! Both fish were caught with the Barra Whisperer, Lance Butler. Not a bad start to November.
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