Now is your chance to not only reel in a barra, but also reel in some prizes! Make your way to Sanctuary Lakes + Durack Lakes + Marlow Lagoon, for a chance to win in a share of over $10,000 in vouchers to spend at local businesses.
The competition runs from Thursday 24 September 2020 until Wednesday 30 June 2021.
Hooked On Palmerston is open to all ages, as we encourage the participation and education of the next generation of Top End fishos.
I’m Hooked! What’s next?
Competitors of all ages will need to register their details online prior to heading to the lakes of Palmerston.
Login on their website and good luck!
Back again in 2021 the oil rig is anchored for the cyclone season. A bit closer than 2020, only 20.5NM from Stokes Hill Wharf.
It produces some monster Mackerel, and is especially productive at night on spring tides.
At the change of the tide you can fish close to the columns and hook massive GT's, Queenies and all manner of other large fish.
Where is the ship?
Platform NOBLE TOM PROSSER is currently located at NAUS - Timor Sea at position 12° 11' 7.332" S, 130° 35' 21.48" E as reported by MarineTraffic Terrestrial Automatic Identification System on 2021-01-20 00:05 UTC
What kind of ship is this?
NOBLE TOM PROSSER (IMO: 9636864) is a Platform that was built in 2014 (7 years ago) and is sailing under the flag of Liberia.
Her length overall (LOA) is 101.6 meters and her width is 84.45 meters.
All of the current information and registration portal is on this link
Get the free Fishing Mate appYou can download the free Northern Territory (NT) Fishing Mate app to access fishing rules and information on your phone.
This app allows you to search for fish species, possession limits and restricted zone locations.
It will also let you know when you're approaching a restricted area.
Download the appYou can download the NT Fishing Mate app from the Apple Store for iPhones and Google Play for Android phones.
FeaturesThe software for the Fishing Mate app has other features which can help you while you are fishing and for reporting.
For fishingYou can use the app for information on all of these:
You can also go to the NT Fisheries Facebook page for the latest information on fishing in the NT.
The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics on behalf of the Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) have investigated the opportunity to upgrade the road access to the boat ramp at Stuart’s Tree Fishing Camp at Point Stuart, Northern Territory.
Point Stuart Road commences from the Arnhem Highway, approximately 100km from the Stuart Highway turnoff. The subject section is currently a narrow access track commencing at the boundary of the Mary River National Park, approximately 11.40 km north of the Shady Camp turnoff.
This project arose from a letter submitted by Terry Holtz of Stuart’s Tree Fishing Camp on 25 January 2017. In this letter, Mr Halse proposed a substantial improvement be made for public access to the waters of Chambers Bay and Finke Bay by upgrading the road access, boat launch facilities and related landside facilities at Point Stuart.
The outcome of this project is to open up access to the waters of Finke Bay and Chambers Bay, providing an alternative access point to areas such as Wildman River, Love Creek, Carmor Creek and reefs in the area, which in turn alleviates demand on the boat ramp at Shady Camp. Access to the Stuart’s Memorial Cairn (a site of substantial historical significance and the place where John McDouall Stuart reached the north coast of Australia after crossing the continent) shall also be improved.
In line with the NT Government’s $50 Million election commitment to invest in recreational fishing infrastructure, this project will encompass the upgrade of approximately 29 km of Point Stuart Road access track to public road standards which will improve road trafficability and safety of road users.
NT Fisheries have been monitoring the Greater Darwin Region reef fish protection areas for the last four years – collecting over 400 hours of video using baited remote underwater video systems (BRUVS). Processing this video, frame by frame to identify fish species, is time and labour intensive.
In collaboration with Microsoft, NT Fisheries has researched the application of computer vision and machine learning to automate the process of fish identification. A successful prototype was built to locate fish within a video frame with greater than 90% accuracy and identify key species with greater than 75% accuracy.
This is a demonstration of remarkable technology given some of these fish images appear for only a fleeting period and often in highly turbid water.
Broader applications of the technology are also being investigated for monitoring bycatch on commercial vessels and for biosecurity monitoring purposes.
In 2015, five temporary Reef Fish Protection Areas were introduced across the Northern Territory to protect significant fish aggregation sites and to aid in the recovery of key species in heavily fished areas.
The two protection areas closest to Darwin at Charles Point Wide and Lorna Shoal had been severely depleted over time and were designed to allow fish populations to recover for the long-term benefit of all recreational fishers.
While the majority of fishers are doing the right thing and assisting in the rebuilding of stocks, there is evidence that some people are undermining recovery efforts by illegally fishing in the Reef Fish Protection Areas.
Last week three separate recreational fishing vessels were apprehended by Water Police while fishing inside the Charles Point Reef Protection Area. Notices to appear before Magistrates Court have been issued and Fisheries and Water Police will continue to adopt a zero tolerance in relation to these types of fisheries offences.
If you have evidence of illegal fishing activity occurring within the closures, please assist with rebuilding our fish stocks by reporting the incident via the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 891 136.
The locations of the Reef Fish Protection Areas are show below. For more information on the recreational fishing rules, visit the Fisheries website Know Your Limits Booklet
Amateur Fishermen's Association NT (AFANT)
REMINDER: NO BOAT or VEHICLE ACCESS to NT DESIGNATED BIOSECURITY AREAS. This includes the WILDMAN RIVER, DALY RIVER, SOUTH & EAST ALLIGATOR RIVERS
The vast majority of NT recreational fishers have done the right thing by getting on board with the current COVID19 rules. A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY for doing your bit to help protect Territorians and for helping to prevent the spread of the virus! 🙏
The behavior of most fishers at Easter was fantastic with people following social distancing, gathering and closed area rules for fishing. We have received positive feedback and thanks from the NTG and the Police about the levels of compliance. So remember and take heart, that by following the rules, you are in the vast majority and you stand shoulder to shoulder with our proud community at this critical time. Well done!
This map shows the Biosecurity areas designated under federal law for the Top End of the NT. These areas have been established to protect our vulnerable communities and there are heavy penalties for non-compliance. It is essential that all ALL fishers follow the rules and don't put community health or future fishing access at risk.
To be clear, there is currently NO ACCESS by land or by boat to a designated area (including rivers) without prior lawful exemption. This includes popular spots like the Daly, Wildman, South Alligator, West Alligator or Moyle Rivers, including the river mouths (check the map for specific closure lines).
For more detailed information on the Designated Areas, all current NT COVID19 fishing rules, as well as useful links and maps visit our regularly updated and always current info page:
We note the positive trend in reducing infection rates in the NT and of course we all have an eye to the future and to returning to the jobs and fishing we love, including with our mates. However, the current restrictions (including boat fishing only with those you live with) remain in place on advice from the health experts, and right now the biggest risk to achieving that future as soon as we possibly can is complacency. So it is as critical as ever that all fishers continue to do our part.
We ask you to join us in extending a big thanks to Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services for their great work on the ground and on the water. They are working hard under difficult and often fast changing conditions. So be sure to follow their direction and remember to thank them for working while you are fishing.
Finally, thanks also to the Australian Fishing Trade Association for working with us, spreading the word through their excellent network. Our new posters will be delivered to NT tackle shops from today.