Groote Eylandt is the largest of the islands in the Gulf of Carpentaria, 630km from Darwin by air. Belonging to the Anindilyakwa people, the island is part of the Arnhemland Reserve and is rich with indigenous cultural.
The waters around Groote Eylandt feature some of the most exciting fishing grounds in the world – Groote Sports Fishing offers world-class customised Fishing experiences
The area is also rich in marine and wildlife, with rare and endangered species such as the northern quoll, bush tailed rabbit and several species of marine turtle.
When it comes to the sports fishing the variety of species is what dreams are made of, with Barramundi, Sailfish, Marlin, Black Jewfish, Queenfish, Giant Trevally, Mangrove Jack, Red Emperor, Cobia, Coral Trout, Longtail Tuna, Thread-fin Salmon and Golden Snapper all in large numbers around this sportsfishing haven.
Barramundi fishing is certainly one of the more popular activities up here, and each year numerous metre plus fish are caught – particularly in the warmer waters between September and April.
Their aerial acrobatics is what makes these fish such a trophy, and there are plenty of fishing hotspots to target this iconic species, including the Walker River as well as the coastal reef, bommies and rock bars of the adjacent mainland.
The reef fishing is also spectacular with numerous hotspots around Groote Eylandt that offer the chance to do battle with a variety of hard fighting species, including the beautiful Coral Trout, Red Emperor, Mackerel, Large Mouth Nannygai and a host of Trevally.
One or two of the boated fish that make for a delicious meal will be kept for a feast back at the lodge that night. The rest will be returned in a healthy condition to fight another day in their natural habitat.