Sport Fishing

Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge will re-open its doors for fishing tours in 2017. Surrounded by the beautiful pristine waters of Port Essington and the fish-rich Arafura Sea just to the north, opportunities for keen anglers to explore and fish this scarcely visited, remote region abound. Combining fantastic fishing with a luxurious resort style Lodge is a recipe for an unforgettable wilderness adventure.

The coastline of the Cobourg Peninsula features huge expanses of coastal beaches, rocky headlands, inshore and offshore reefs plus a number of tidal estuarine creeks- all of which are a fishing paradise. There’s plenty of opportunities for fantastic bluewater fishing for a variety of desirable pelagic species such as Spanish mackerel, broad-bar mackerel, giant trevally (GT’s), queenfish, longtail tuna, giant herring and golden trevally. If gigging over the inshore reefs is more your style then golden snapper, coral trout, bluebone, estuary cod and many other reef species are a welcome addition to the Lodge menu.  Meanwhile barramundi, threadfin salmon and mangrove jack inhabit the coastal creeks and can often be sight-fished in these sandy, clear, pristine waterways.

Some location examples:

  • Offshore Blue Water
  • Port Essington
  • Trepang Bay
  • Bremer Bay
  • Raffles Bay
  • Popham Bay
  • Aitkin Bay

As with the Arnhem Land Barramundi Lodge, at Seven Spirit Bay there will be ample opportunities to enjoy the fine table fish that you catch, skillfully prepared by the Lodge’s resident chef.

Fishing is from the Lodge’s own custom built ‘state of the art’ vessels. MV Cobourg and MV Victoria are 7.6 metre Eliminator Sportfishers made locally in Darwin by Custom Works. These vessels provide an ultra-stable platform allowing fishing in just about all conditions. The resort’s larger vessel, MV Eagle, is an 11m ‘split v’ cat style craft and is used for offshore blue water fishing.  All vessels are fitted with the very latest Lowrance marine equipment, Suzuki four stroke engines, satellite telephones and a rest room.

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The Lodge is a sister destination to the Arnhem Land Barramundi Lodge at Maningrida, also owned and operated by Outback Spirit. Initially fishing tours will be available in April and October 2017 but subject to demand, tours may be extended to include March as well.

The most popular time for fishing these northern waters is generally March and April (known as the ‘run off’) followed by October and November (the ‘build-up’).

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For all fishing package bookings and enquiries please contact Fishing Tropical Australia. Outback Spirit has contracted Fishing Tropical Australia to be its sole booking agent during these times. With over 30 years of fishing experience, Alex and his team have unparalleled knowledge with regards to everything there is to know about fishing these pristine waters in the Northern Territory. Please send them an email or give them a call and Alex or one of his team members will be happy to assist you.

Other Activities

Victoria SettlementOther activities at Seven Spirit Bay include a visit to the historical ruins of Victoria Settlement. Retrace the course of the early mariner’s square riggers passing land marks like Gunners Quoin, Low Point, Turtle Rock, Observation Cliff and Record Point on our way to the historic 1838 outpost.

In the early 19th century, the British government became interested in establishing a settlement on Australia’s northern coastline in order to facilitate trade with Asia. Port Essington, officially named Victoria Settlement after the young Queen Victoria, was surveyed by Charles Tyers in 1838 and consisted of 24 houses and a hospital.

While the British government intended to establish Port Essington as a major trading port, along the lines of Singapore, the new settlement suffered from the same adverse conditions that plagued the previous attempts. The settlement lacked resources and supplies and skilled labour. While some prefabricated buildings were brought from Sydney, many had to be built with what materials could be found in the area, and due to the unskilled nature of the builders many of these were of poor quality.

Disease was also rampant among the small population, and living conditions were poor. Consequently, it struggled to attract settlers and the post was much-disliked by the troops stationed there. Despite these setbacks, there was still widespread hope that Port Essington may be able to break the curse, as evidenced by Ludwig Leichhardt’s 1844/1845 expedition. The New South Wales government had hoped to establish a direct line of communication with Asia, India and the Pacific, and supported Leichhardt’s journey which successfully charted an overland route between Moreton Bay (now Brisbane) and Port Essington. In 1849 Port Essington was abandoned. The ruins of Port Essington still exist today and are incredibly interesting.

Upon arriving at Victoria Settlement we take an informative and fascinating tour of the old buildings and ruins and learn about life in the early British occupation. An optional extension walk will also lead to lonely gravestones in the forest, almost forgotten by history.

The above tour can be combined with fishing the waters down in Port Essington.