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NT’s Mary River and Chambers Bay now open all year

The legendary barramundi fishing waters accessed from the Top End’s Shady Camp are now open all year. The old closure from October 1 to January 31, that included the Mary River below Shady Camp, and part of Chambers Bay, has been removed.
This means fishing can be done during the productive build-up and early wet season.
The area is known for trophy barramundi, and more recently – since gill nets were removed – big threadfin salmon.
Outside of the wet season run-off, the area is best fished during neap tides and calm weather when the water clears. Launching and retrieving is shallow and marginal at Shady Camp, relying on the tides, but work is being done on the launch site as we post this to make it easier to get boats in and out.
Be prepared to see some big fish caught, and no more mad rush on Feb 1!
“The Mary River is an iconic barramundi fishery that is a favourite among Territorians and people from around the world,” Fisheries minister Willem Westra van Holthe said.
The removal of seasonal barramundi fishing in Mary River has been endorsed by the Barramundi Fishery Management Advisory Committee and the Recreational Fishing Advisory Committee.
A closure on the NT’s lower Daly River remains in place.

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