Arafura’s live aboard charters offer the ultimate fishing experience in the Top End and have proven extremely successful not only with all the popular TV show hosts joining Arafura time and time again but the vast majority of bookings being repeat business with clients booking for the next year and beyond.
Now with the new flag ship Wai Nawana offering the next level of comfort you’re sure to experience that fishing trip of a lifetime with Arafura Bluewater Charters.
All our live aboard charters depart at 2000 hrs. Meet the Wai Nawana (outside the lock gates) at the Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal at 1945. Be greeted by Arafura’s friendly crew and stow your gear in their air conditioned accommodation. Then settle in for a few drinks and meet the rest of the group, before getting your head down for the night and wake at the fishing grounds ready for a cuppa and some awesome fishing action.
2 Day Charter
The two day charters are usually to the Perron Islands area, approx 80 nm west south west of Darwin. The clearer water in this area is home to the Red emperor, Coral trout, Golden snapper, tusk fish, the mighty Black Jew fish, cod, and also a variety of pelagic fish, including large schools of trevally, Spanish mackerel, tuna and the majestic sail fish.
This area has proved popular with several TV fishing personalities, including “I Fish” with Paul Worstling, “Hooked” with Dave Butfeild and Jason Kennedy from “Fishing Trips” has also “Stopped the bus” in these fish rich waters returning regularly on the 2-3 day charters to enjoy a taste of what the territory has to offer.The Tiwi Islands are also possible on the 2 day charters however this is dependent on tides and weather conditions. Please be aware area’s fished may change due to weather or current fishing conditions.
3, 4 & 5 Day Charters (Please be aware areas fished may change due to current weather or fishing conditions)
These charters open up a huge area of remote territory fishing depending on weather, the time of year and tidal movement.
One the larger tides we head past the Perron Islands to the remote fish rich grounds near Cape Scott, Emu Reef & Cape Ford again home to Red emperor, golden snapper, Tricky snapper, jew fish, tusk fish, bar cheek coral trout to name just a few and with some trolling thrown in to give the arms a rest and the chance to tussle with some Spanish mackerel or land a trophy sail fish.
For the truly adventurous fisho a long steam through the night some 170 nm will see you close to international waters. Fishing the remote Tassie, Evans or Lyndock shoals, these trips are limited to the calmest times of the year and specific tides. The fishing is world class, with some of the finest table fish in abundance and some awe inspiring sports fishing as well. With exotic species like the powerful Dog tooth Tuna, the electric blue of the blue trevally and the chance to tackle with one of the oceans fastest fish, the impressive Wahoo, all this between the main game, chasing gold band snapper, small and large mouth Nannygai, red emperor, long nose emperor, coral trout, corination trout, trout cod and a myriad of other species never seen close to Darwin. On past trips we have had several encounters with sail fish and large Black Marlin. Again on the last morning tides permitting a stop at Cape Fourcroy on the way home for a Black Jew if your arms still work.
All tackle is provided however if you wish to bring along your own gear we suggest a minimum of 50 lb braid, a good jigging outfit and some Gulp soft plastics will add to the fun whilst drifting the shallower grounds and the trout love them.
We suggest that you have at least one night in Darwin on return from the trip, this will give our staff time to ensure your catch is properly frozen and allow us to pack it in an air line approved box. (The cost of the box is $20.00AUD and holds approx 10-12 kg+ of fillet.) This will be ready for collection on your way to the air port, at Cullen Bay and is 15km’s to the airport.
Any pickups the night the charter returns will incur a afterhours packing fee of $150
After hours pick up can be arranged at no cost if 24hrs or more later than when your charter returned. (e.g. returned 3.30pm on the 7th and fly out 2am on the 9th.) This needs to be arranged with management prior.
If you do not require your fish to be packed and frozen, please notify staff before your charter so this can be arranged.
Cancellation Policy: Cancelled within 10 weeks prior to charter: 100% cancellation fee.