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Run Off Barra Fishing Darwin

Run Off Barra Fishing Darwin

Shady Camp / Mary River / Daly River / Dundee Beach


The famous NT Runoff needs no introduction. This time of year as the wet season waters subside, Barra of all sizes converge on our big river systems, either moving downstream from the billabongs, or coming in from their coastal habitats after spawning. They come for one reason; to gorge themselves on the tarpon, mullet, scats and rainbow fish being swept downstream with the last of the floodwaters.

We focus our efforts on a location known as ‘Shady Camp’, part of the Mary River and also the South Alligator River in Kakadu, both famous for their trophy Barra, and this is THE time to target truly giant specimens. These big girls have done their business and spawned for the year, now they are looking to put condition back on before their metabolism drops with the water temperature over the dry season.

The Runoff is what we look forward to every season, as not many experiences in fishing compare to seeing a huge, angry female Barra leap clear of the water for the first time, gills flared, trying to dislodge your lure. Crocodiles abound, birdlife is abundant, simply a magic time of year to experience the territory.

Fishing The Run Off:

We target both size and numbers of Barra through trolling and casting at this time of year, and we are always prepared for a giant with heavy line, leader and upgraded hooks, even when we are fishing for numbers. You just never know when ‘Beryl’ is going to show her face, and there is no need for finesse during this period.

We also encounter some trophy size Threadfin Salmon while Barramundi fishing, and can target big Black Jewfish over favourable tides.


2-8 days


  • Pickup and drop-off from Darwin region accomodation.
  • All accomodation, meals and drink provided for duration of trip (excluding alcohol).
  • Expert guidance from your qualified and experienced skipper.
  • High quality fishing tackle provided.


Late February-May


Prices vary according to trip duration and numbers. Contact us for a tailored quote.