Gove Fishing Safaris & Charters

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[wptabtitle] WHERE WE FISH[/wptabtitle]
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These maps highlight the areas we conduct our Fishing Charters and Safaris from Nhulunbuy.

Maps Where We Fish

Maps Where We Fish

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[wptabtitle] THE FISH WE CATCH[/wptabtitle]
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FISH SPECIES COMMON TO GOVE & EAST ARNHEM LAND
SPECIES TIME OF YEAR BEST MONTHS
Red Emperor All Year Round Oct – May
Red Throat Emperor All Year Round
Golden Snapper All Year Round Oct – May
Small Mouth Nannygai All Year Round
Saddle Tail Snapper All Year Round
Barramundi All Year Round Jan – June
Mangrove Jack All Year Round
Queenfish All Year Round
Trevally All Year Round
Barracuda All Year Round
Jew Fish Full Moon Or No Moon
Barramundi Cod All Year Round
Blue Bone Tusk All Year Round
Coral Trout All Year Round Sept – Jan
Mackeral All Year Round June – March
Tuna All Year Round May – Sept
Cobia All Year Round Oct – May
Sail Fish All Year Round Oct – March
Marlin All Year Round Oct – March

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[wptabtitle] ARNHEM LAND – GUIDED WILDERNESS FISHING SAFARIS WITH ISLAND RETREAT CHARTER PACKAGES[/wptabtitle]
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Our fishing safaris with accommodation on our Island Retreat, the beautiful Wigram Island, offer a unique experience when visiting the top end. It is the ultimate fishing experience with the exclusivity of an island camping holiday experience – there will no other holiday makers on the Island, it is all yours!

Island retreat fishing safaris include travel to and from Wigram Island on our boat (approximately 2-3 hours each way), however if you would prefer small charter plane transfers (either to and/or from the island) we can organise and advise on what the additional charges will be.

We offer 4 days/3 nights to 7 days/6 nights Island retreat fishing safari packages. We also have additional packages that include accommodation in Nhulunbuy, Gove the night before and after your fishing safari – you may choose either the Walkabout Lodge or the Gove Peninsula Motel.

The minimum number for an Island Retreat fishing safari is 4, and the maximum is 10.
Your itinerary for any of our Island Retreat fishing safaris can be unplanned and we can go day by day depending on what your fishing party would like to do – spend the evenings planning the fishing for the next day! We can also plan an itinerary for you (and we do know the best fishing spots), click here to see an example itinerary for one of exclusive fishing safari island retreat packages.

If you would like further information on packages and charters sent to you via email click here.

 

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[wptabtitle] ABOUT WIGRAM ISLAND[/wptabtitle]
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Our Island Retreat, the beautiful Wigram Island, is located approximately 2-3 hours travel from Nhulunbuy/Gove on our boat. If you are in a hurry or want to bypass staying in Gove, we offer small charter plane transfers to and/or from the island at an additional cost. We have exclusive tented accommodation on this island so you are guaranteed privacy and exclusivity on your visit. There will no other holidaymakers on the Island, it is all yours to enjoy and explore!

Our Wigram Island retreat offers shady beachside accommodation on a twin share basis in fully screened all weather tents, with single beds, linen and towel provided. Fresh water shower and flush toilet add to the comforts of our remote island accommodation.

Our dining area is equipped with generator powered lights, refrigeration and gas cooking equipment. Meals are enjoyed under our beachside marquee taking in the magnificent views of the Arafura Sea – sunrise and sunsets are like no other! The evening view of the stars is clear and unclouded by city lights and pollution.

Our local staff prepares meals and the menu is varied each day. Along with our “catch of the day”, a beef, lamb or chicken dish is prepared along with vegetables, rice or pasta. Please note that whilst we endeavour to cater for passengers needs, it is not always possible as we have limited access to speciality items in this region. If you have special dietary requirements please let us know.

Click here to see more photos of Wigram Island!

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[wptabtitle] EXAMPLE ITINERARY FOR ISLAND RETREAT FISHING SAFARI[/wptabtitle]
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Day 1: Arrive at Gove Airport where you are met and transferred to your accommodation in the Walkabout Lodge or the Gove Peninsula Motel.
Relax and enjoy a few drinks in the bar followed by a delicious evening meal. Make sure you are in bed early because it is an early one tomorrow!

Day 2: You are transferred at 6:00am to Gove Harbour where you board the M.V Arafura Blue and set out for the English Company Islands. On arriving at our Island Retreat, Wigram Island, we settle into our comfortable tent lodge and then head out fishing for the remainder of the day. We then return to Wigram Island were you may freshen up, take a walk or go for a swim in the clear blue waters of the Arafura seas. A few cold ones and a sumptuous meal under the stars and you will probably be ready for bed!

Day 3 & 4: You may want to start your days with an early morning swim or walk along the beach. After a hearty breakfast, we set out for some adventure fishing around the Wessel Islands, Bromby Islands and English Company Islands Group. These are just a few of the spectacular “hot spots” that leave most anglers with aching arms from reeling them in! Encounter the notorious “hole in the wall” as well as the Cumberland Straits Channel – this is blue water sport fishing at its best!

You will also have the chance to take in some of the breathtaking scenery in one of Australia’s most remote and pristine regions. Go for a bush walk and enjoy some of the flora & fauna native to the Top End and Wigram Island. Relax on the long white sandy beaches, experience spectacular sunsets and star filled skies.

Day 5: Set out early this morning to catch the big one! Your last chance to break the records. Return to Gove Harbour in the late afternoon and you are transferred to your Gove accommodation to reminisce on your great catches or the one that got away.

Day 6: Depart Nhulunbuy, Gove taking maybe a few catches and great memories.

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[wptabtitle] ARNHEM LAND – GUIDED FISHING CHARTER PACKAGES FROM NHULUNBUY, GOVE[/wptabtitle]
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We offer guided fishing charters which operate out of Nhulunbuy, Gove. Days of fishing in the local “hot spots” in the remote and pristine waters of the Arafura Sea are complimented by the friendly hospitality offered each night by staff in your Gove accommodation. Our packages give you the option f staying at either the Walkabout Lodge or the Gove Peninsula Motel.

Duration of our fishing safaris out of Gove range from 3 days / 5 nights to 5 days / 7 nights. The minimum number for guided fishing charter packages is 4 and the maximum is 10.

These safaris include:

  • Professional guided service and a safe environment
  • Boat services
  • Permits
  • Fishing equipment (provided on a replacement basis if lost or damaged)
  • One leisure day to visit the local attractions or just relax at your accommodation
  • Return transfers

Your itinerary for any of our fishing safaris out of Gove can be unplanned and we can go day by day depending on what your fishing party would like to do – spend the evenings planning the fishing for the next day! We can also plan an itinerary for you (and we do know the best fishing spots).
If you would like further information on packages and charters sent to you via email click here.

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[wptabtitle] GUIDED HALF DAY AND FULL DAY FISHING CHARTERS[/wptabtitle]
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We offer half and full day fishing charters if you are short on time but still want to fit in that ultimate fishing experience!

Guided full day fishing charters

You will generally need to arrive at Gove Harbour at 7:00am for a 7:15am departure. Morning tea snacks, lunch, and water are provided (if you want to bring alcohol on board please let us know in advance as there are provisions regarding the purchase of alcohol in the Northern Territory that you will need to know). We usually return by no later than 4:45pm. Exact departure times will be finalised when you make your booking. Price per person is $335.00. The minimum number of anglers per full day charter is four. If you are a party of less than four let us know and we can try to join you to another charter. If you would like to charter our boat for exclusive sole use the cost is $2100.00 for the day (up to 6 anglers and no others can join your chrater). If you require transfers to and from your accommodation please let us know and we can organise for you at a minimal additional cost.

To make an inquiry about our full day fishing charters click here.

Guided half day fishing charters

Our half day fishing charters only operate in the morning. You will need to arrive at Gove Harbour at 7:00am for a 7:15am departure time. We return by no later than 1:00pm. We will provide morning tea snacks and water (if you want to bring alcohol on board please let us know in advance as there are provisions regarding the purchase of alcohol in the Northern Territory that you will need to know). Price per person is $245.00. The minimum number of anglers per half day charter is four. If you are a party of less than four let us know and we can try to join you to another charter. If you require transfers to and from your accommodation please let us know and we can organise for you at a minimal additional cost.

To make an inquiry about our full day fishing charters click here.
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[wptabtitle] SPECIALS – JOIN AN UPCOMING CHARTER[/wptabtitle]
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This page of the website is to promote already booked charters where the booking party are looking for others to join their charter. This is usually because the booking party has not met minimum numbers to complete their booking and have indicated they would like to share their charter with others. If you are interested in joining one of these charters please email us on info@govefish.com.au

No advertised charters at this time – however please contact us if you are interested in joining a charter as not all are placed on our website.

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Gove Sports Fishing and Diving Charters offer a range of fishing charter options. We operate in the pristine waters of the Arafura Sea and in particular, offer the opportunity to stay on the isolated and untouched Wigram Island.

For all of our charters we offer a professional guided service and safe environment. We provide all boat services and fishing equipment (on a replacement basis if lost or damaged). We obtain the necessary permits and, if camping on Wigram Island, your camping fees, meals and accommodation are included in the charter rates.