Darwin Reef’n’Wrecks

Darwin Reef'n'Wrecks

Darwin Reef’n’Wrecks can put you onto some of the best reef fishing in the Top End.
This family-owned charter business has a fleet of fishing boats available for day trips and extended tours.
“If you are looking for the ultimate Darwin fishing trip, we can give you exactly what you want,” said spokesman Jim Bancroft.
“Come on board one of our four boats and experience barramundi fishing in the rivers, or offshore reef fishing,” he said.
“Fish Darwin Harbour on a day trip or do an extended multi-day tour on the shoals up to 200nm offshore.”
Darwin Reef’n’Wrecks can cater for individuals or family, conference groups and parties.
For harbour trips, clients can fish in Reefmaster, a 46ft Randell with full shade and toilet, which can carry 13 passengers.
“This superb boat gets you to the fishing ground fast. We believe this is Darwin’s best half-day fishing charter,” Jim said.
“It departs twice a day on the pristine Darwin Harbour, and we fish in 30m of water.
“You’ll fish around the historical war and Cyclone Tracy wrecks.
“We only fish on the swing of the tide for the best fishing action.
“You will use quality Shimano rods and reels and target fish such as golden snapper, black jewfish, queenfish, trevally, spanish mackerel, and more.
“When taking a break from fishing, enjoy delicious fresh prawns, cheese, cabana and biscuits as snacks, and freshly cooked steak sandwiches, with the catch-of-the-day cooked up.
“Our professional crew will assist you with baiting your hooks and cleaning your fish, ready to take home.
“You are sure to enjoy a thrilling day’s fishing on board our comfortable, stable boats.”
Two-day, two-night trips are especially popular, taking fishermen to lightly fished grounds on distant shoals with species on par with the Great Barrier Reef. These extended trips start at 8pm departing from Cullen Bay, watching Darwin’s skyline disappear on the horizon.
“After a few snacks and drinks everyone retires to the comfy bunks to wake up at first light and start fishing,” Jim said.
“A highlight of these extended trips are giant largemouth nannygai (red jew), giant mangrove jacks, red emperor, coral trout, as well as some unusual species, including the robinson’s sea bream, which is superb table fare.”
For extended trips clients travel on Jan Lee, a 56ft game boat with flybridge, shaded walk-around deck, and surveyed for 200nm offshore.
Eight passengers sleep in air-conditioned comfort. The Jan Lee has satellite internet and phone, widescreen TV, hot water and toilet.
Full day charters up to 45nm offshore are on Island Selina a 50ft New West Coaster, arguably the best day boat in Darwin.

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