MY PARTNER Jo and I were lucky enough to spend last weekend over on Groote Eylandt, in the Gulf of Carpentaria, as guests of the island’s active sport and game fishing club.
The occasion was the club’s annual junior fishing workshop, and more than 70 kids rocked up to watch presentations, be shown the finer points of casting and knot tying, and receive a pack of Shimano tackle, including a beaut rod and reel.
It was great to see so many active, enthusiastic and happy young fishers, all of whom were thirsty for angling know-how.
Jo and I stayed with Terence “Bomber” Farrell while on the island, and the hospitality he and the rest of the club extended was nothing short of amazing.
Bomber arguably is the keenest angler living over there, although that is a pretty big call, as every second person you meet on Groote seems to be into fishing in a big way.
I don’t think I’ve seen more six-metre-plus boats in a community that size.
Despite fairly breezy weather (common at this time of year and through the dry), we managed to catch all manner of goodies, including Spanish mackerel, cobia, trevally, coral trout, mangrove jacks and queenfish.
Groote isn’t the first destination most think of when planning a holiday, but it boasts wonderful Dugong Beach Resort, with gorgeous accommodation at several price levels and a top-class restaurant.
The island is serviced daily by Airnorth flights out of Darwin. Find out more about Dugong Beach Resort by calling 1800 877 077, or email them at reservations@dugongbeach resort.com.au See Airnorth’s schedule at airnorth.com.au