Only certain tides will be selected for the whole season(usually neaps).
This means only about 120 days will be fished between April and November each season. In this area Big Barra are caught in each of the months.
Barra would be the main reason for choosing the Staaten River.....but Saratoga do occupy the lagoons. If you have the appropriate fly gear, take it along.
The Staaten River is located in the Cape York Peninsula, Australia. This river rises more than 700 km to Cairns’ west, and empties into the Gulf of Carpentaria. Along the way, Staaten River overflows into the intertwining lagoons. These wonderful lagoons create a vast wetland sanctuary, which is home to an array of unique plants and wildlife.
The Staaten River retreats from the floodplains and wetlands at the end of the wet season. When this happens, the river becomes a little more than a thread that trickles down wide sand banks and a string of lagoon refuge.
Dutch sea explorer, Jan Carstenz, first named the river in 1623. Just imagine the Barra then!
Barramundi is probably the most sought after sportfish in Australia. A metre Barra seems to be most fisho's holy grail!!! This location would have to be one of the best places in Australia to catch a metre Barra. Not just one, but plenty on our trips so far!!!!
We can only predict that this situation will be around for a long time. Being on private property will certainly only help sustain this great Barramundi fishery.
If you want more than Barra, out through the mouth of the river the pelagics are virtually untouched. While fishing for Barra a by catch of Black Jewfish, Threadfin Salmon and Blue Salmon are common. Casting snags for Mangrove Jacks, Fingermark Bream, Cod and Gunter will also give you some variety if required. Crab pots are on hand as are the "Mud Crabs".
A prettier setting I cannot imagine. Three very comfortable small homes 10 metres from a lagoon. A balcony attached with each home surrounded all year around by green lawns. Each home has a bathroom, kitchen/dinning which also includes two beds and separate bedroom. Plenty of room and privacy to protect the light sleepers from the "snorers". Sit on the balcony after a day on the water enjoying a beer listening to the Barra "Boof" and count the numerous Freshwater Crocs.
There is also a large complex building which contains a well equiped kitchen, games room/bar and extra large decking area to enjoy the breakfasts and evening meals amongst the environment.
Large trees and plants complete the surroundings of the Lodge. See if you can stay awake after 6am when the dawn chorus begins??
Without mentioning the backup equipment, the main vessels the clients will be fishing out of consists of a 6.6 metre GS Marine fitted with a 250hp outboard. Boat two is a 6.6 metre Custom Craft with a 150hp outboard. For lagoon/billabong fishing a 4.7 metre boat is an idea platform for casting to the water lilies and snags.
The River and Lagoons
Most of the larger Barra locate themselves around the many rock bars situated in the River. Trolling is the best method to hook these monsters, but if casting is what you prefer, creek mouths and snags abound throughout the many arms of the river.
One metre plus Barra also exist in the Lagoons along with many other Barra and the ever popular Saratoga. Take your fly rod if this is a favourite form of fishing, you will have a ball in these inland waterways.
At the time of writing, only one of the four lagoons which are about within twenty minutes from the Lodge, have been fished for many years!
Prices are per person
Ex-Cairns 5 days fishing/5 nights
4 share per boat/guide $5995
3 share per boat/guide $6995
2 share per boat/guide $8500
*A minimum of 5 nights and a maximum of 7 nights are applicable.
The boats are big enough to fish 3 or 4 with a guide comfortably.