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Groote Eylandt – A Fisherman’s Paradise

Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Territory, Australia
Feb 10 2009 Written by: Pedro O'Connor

The warm tropical waters that brew cyclones at the start of the monsoon season in far northern Australia make for hot fishing action. Pedro spent a few days recently at Escape Sportfishing and Wilderness Lodge on remote Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory. He came home smiling after catching some prize fish.

The eco-friendly, tented safari camp comprises 12 twin share tents each with en suite, air conditioning and feather-soft beds that ensure you sleep well after a long day hauling in fish. The fishing philosophy is one of catch and release, but invariably a sample reaches the dinner table. The mouth watering delights of fresh coral trout, red emperor or Spanish mackerel will be sure to please the most discerning palate.

An amazing amount of research has gone into selecting the best boats, tackle and specialist guides for this remote location. A fleet of 26 ft Haines Hunter Prowlers, which are powered by 450 hp and cruise at 40 knots, allow guests to travel to all points of the island. The convoluted coastline provides numerous sheltered bays that are ideal for salt water fly fishing; the rewards include huge trevally, giant herring, barramundi, queenfish and even sailfish in the drier months of October – December.

A fleet of ATVs allows clients to explore the back roads and pristine floodplains of the island. A strong indigenous culture flourishes and evidence of thousands of years of habitation can be clearly seen in the galleries of aboriginal rock art. The freshwater creeks, which are spring fed from New Guinea, offer safe swimming and superb lunch time locations.

For anyone who wants to catch the biggest fish of their lives, this is the place to visit.

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