If you want to fish Australia’s best run-off rivers in pristine Kakadu National Park, then Darwin’s North Australian Barra Fishing (DNA) is your choice.
DNA is a family-owned tourism service that has been operating in Kakadu for many years.
It is one of very few operators with a Kakadu licence.
Charters are available year-round, with the exception of the wet season from November to late February. The pick of the times to fish Kakadu is from March to May.
DNA head guide Duane Trouchet said: “Very large rivers flow through the vast Kakadu floodplains.
“These rivers are not affected by any agriculture or industry, and the billabongs are still the same as they were hundreds of years ago.
“You can see huge prehistoric crocodiles, vast flocks of birds, and all the bait that attracts the barra. These floodplains are huge nurseries, and the food supply attracts big barramundi.
“The secret to fishing is the timing, and knowing where to look in the rivers, and when.
“Although we talk about barramundi fishing, we also target the reef and pelagic species at the river mouths.”
DNA does day trips as well as extended tours.
“As an NT accredited Kakadu Tour Guide, we will pick you up from your accommodation in the Darwin area at approximately 5am (or as arranged ) in our luxury air-conditioned LandCruisers, to take you to your exciting fishing destination,” Duane said.
“We arrive at the fishing destination around sunrise.
“Enjoy the spectacular Top End wildlife before embarking on our shaded custom-built fishing vessels.
“Take on the challenge of fishing in the Top End – you never know what you might hook next, and it could be a 50-pound barramundi.
“Enjoy scrumptious barramundi barbecue or cold meat and salad luncheons daily.
“Lunch is served on board. We also provide non-alcoholic refreshments and cold water during the day.
“You will fish using our G-Loomis rods with Shimano reels and braid lines.
“We cater for everyday amateur fishermen, as well as top-level experienced anglers.
“We encourage the use of catch-and-release techniques on our tours, but clients may keep fish within legal bag limits.
“We will be only too pleased to take photographs of your catch to remember your rewarding and unique opportunity to fish Northern Territory waters.”
During extended trips, clients stay at luxurious Aurora Kakadu, which has a restaurant, swimming pool, bar and more.
On completion of the tour, customers are returned to accommodation in Darwin.
Fishing gear is supplied on a replace-if-lost basis.
Each boat carries four clients, with a minimum of two per boat, and large groups can be catered for.
Deposits of 10 per cent secure a booking. This deposit is non-refundable if a replacement booking can not be found.
For more information visit www.dnabarrafishing.com.au