About our Skipper...
At 14, skipper Richard Crookes (Crooksey) started as deckhand before moving onto family owned and operated charter and fishing boats out of Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia. Black & Blue Marlin Charters launched in 2017, fishing the pristine waters of Exmouth, Ningaloo Reef and North West Cape and is now pleased to be relocating operations back to the NT under new entity, Top End Sportfishing.
Offering qualified and friendly crew, guide and skipper Richard Crookes provides more than 40 years of angling experience from Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory all the way to the Ningaloo Coast, Western Australia. His fishing tales and know-how will make your next fishing trip an experience of a lifetime!
About our Boat...
We are very proud to be introducing the Pelagic Interceptor; Australia’s first double stepped hull, 9m centre console sport fishing vessel, built to 2C Survey specifications.
Custom designed by Chris Tucker of Chris Tucker Marine Design (CTMD), 'Y-KNOT' boasts numerous impressive inclusions to provide the ultimate in comfort and safety for our crew and guests. Powered by twin 250hp Suzuki’s, 'Y-KNOT' is fitted with the latest Furuno technology to keep us on the water all day every day, chasing your target species.
Most importantly, she boasts a walk-in console with enclosed ‘head’ for those needing a little relief from a long day on the water.
About our Gear...
We run top quality Shimano Reels, custom and purpose built rods from Gary Howard, Precision outriggers, Remora lures, custom built ‘battle saddle’, Cannon electric downrigger plus other tackle designed to handle the most exciting fishing adventures available anywhere in Australia.
All fishing gear is available to suit the smallest to the not-so-small angler.
All tackle is supplied on a ‘replace it if you lose or damage it’ basis. Anglers are also welcome to bring their own tackle.