BLUEWATER: The annual spanish mackerel and longtail tuna run through the dry season gives anglers the chance to enjoy some wonderful light-to-medium tackle sport fishing. During the calmest months of October to December, heading out to troll baits for sailfish and marlin is a serious option and you can bottom bounce for those favourite top end reef fish, the black jewfish and golden snapper, for practically the whole year.
ESTUARIES: Barramundi, golden snapper and a variety of other estuary species can be caught in each of the three major arms attached to Darwin's main harbour. Sunken warships and other shipwrecks make great artificial reefs and provide excellent black jew fishing. These areas are also renowned for great mud crabbing.
BYNOE HARBOUR: Barramundi is one of the most popular target species for anglers fishing Bynoe, but it’s also well known for catches of threadfin salmon, mangrove jack, pikey bream and mud crabs.
There are several deep holes that fish well for black jewfish. Further offshore offers a variety of sport and reef fish and spanish mackerel hot spots during the dry season.
DUNDEE COAST: Rocky points and exposed reefs are ideal and some very big jewfish get caught less than two kilometres off shore. Barramundi are also caught along this coast, and shore fishing at the top of a big tide is good for blue salmon. Out wider, both coral trout and red emperor are regular catches, spanish mackerel can eat you out of the boat at times and cobia are often prolific.
Darwin has a tropical savanna climate with distinct wet and dry seasons and the average maximum temperature is remarkably similar all year round.
The dry season runs from about May to September, during which nearly every day is sunny and afternoon relative humidity averages around 30%.
The wet season is associated with tropical cyclones and monsoon rains.
Most of the rainfall occurs between December and March (the southern hemisphere summer), when thunderstorms are common and afternoon relative humidity averages over 70 percent during the wettest months.
It does not rain every day during the wet season, but most days have plentiful cloud cover; January averages under 6 hours of bright sunshine daily.
The average temperature of the sea ranges from 25.8 °C (78.4 °F) in July to 31.5 °C (88.7 °F) in December.
THINGS TO BRING
All fishing tackle, morning tea, light lunch, soft drinks and drinking water.