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Croker Island

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JARBU LODGE CROKER ISLAND

Come visit one of the last places on Earth that you can fish for resident populations of fish that have never seen hook nor angler.

Where the only boat you will see that day is the reflection of the one you are in.
Where you have the chance to fish for over 50 species of fish at any one time.
Whether your preference is bait, lure or fly there is a multitude of options available to fulfill your piscatorial passions

Jarbu Lodge situated 100m from the water with a maximum number of 12 guests at any one time is the closest thing to fisherman's heaven you will find on earth. Croker Island sits on the northern edge of Arnhemland, a region synonymous with great fishing and extraordinary scenery.

Primary species you'll be targeting include barramundi, threadfin salmon, blue salmon, queenfish, giant trevally, golden trevally, mangrove jack, golden snapper, black jewfish, coral trout, longtail tuna and Spanish mackerel.

Your guides are the local experts who know what to be chasing at the different stages of the tide providing you with the optimum chance of tangling with many different species in trophy size proportions.

 

A small privately run lodge that caters for a maximum of twelve guests at a time. Owner/Head Guide Rob Hunt will fish you 20 hours if you want! An airstrip serviced by a commercial airline with seven flights a week from Darwin. A backyard with a wetland of hundreds of acres and wild Timor ponies running free. Private land with sole rights for fishing that stretches for miles and miles.

As well as a large coastal area on Croker Island, we have also obtained fishing rights to a number of bays on the mainland. The first of these bays is only 20 minutes away with the others an extra half-hour. Because these areas have been seldom visited before, we are still discovering new hot spots on a regular basis. The fishing is what you would expect at such a remote and newly fished location. Owner/Guide run operations always create enthusiasm and professionalism, and this operation is no exception to the rule.

Species are numerous. In one day alone our groups have managed to capture upto 22 of these lure crunching species. We can target the species that suits the clients... G.Ts that can be unstoppable, Queenfish in cricket score numbers, Spanish Mackerel that may spool you and Mangrove Jacks to test the limits of your line. Barramundi of all sizes caught along beaches and rocky outcrops are not to be missed.

Only limited numbers will be able to visit Croker Island/Jarbu Lodge. This is a good problem when you want to maintain and protect an area of such vast fish supplies and an unspoilt environment.

The Lodge: Built approximately 100 metres from the beach and with scenic wetlands with an abundance of birdlife 500 metres from the back door, this lodge has a unique setting. Accommodation is in fan cooled or air conditioned eco-tourism bungalows built on a platform which will allow ample ventilation and sea breezes through the many trees and plants that surround the lodge. The dining and relaxing area is also on a raised platform with insect proof mesh walls which provide both relief from the heat and astonishing views. There are also balconies at the front and back of the dining room.

Boats: Custom built 4.7 metre to 6 metre Top Enders to suit the area. Full safety gear, spares and first aid kits. Quiet, efficient Yamaha 50 hp four stroke motors.

 

Timing and Costs

Your trip can be designed around the moon phases and tides to provide the best fishing possible. The best months for barramundi when the lodge is open are April and September till November. The bluewater fishing is excellent year round.
A 5 day 5 night trip to Jarbu lodge is $4455 per person (3 per boat rate) which includes fully guided fishing, accommodation, all meals, concession fees to the traditional owners, use of all fishing equipment and GST.
Flights are on top of the camp/fishing costs. There are commercial flights with Tiwi Air to Croker Island daily - cost is $630pp return from Darwin.
All drinks have to be flown into the lodge and there is a loading associated with this. The cost per case depends on the size of the order and can be quoted prior to your trip.
We recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to trips to any remote locations.