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Mini Mini River / Endyalgout Island Remote Camp

River and estuary species include: BARRAMUNDI, THREADFIN & BLUE SALMON, QUEENFISH, GOLDEN SNAPPER, ESTUARY COD, QUEENSLAND GROPER AND MORE.

Saltwater and ocean species: QUEENFISH, GOLDEN BLACKSPOT & GIANT TREVALLY.

NOW OPEN FROM MAY EACH YEAR
Now exclusively run by John Dagan

"My single favorite fishing destination. More unbelievable Barra hideouts than imaginable. Drains, snags, rock bars, flats, colour changes - all great at different tides. Heaps of other stuff as well - big queenies, black jew, golden snapper etc. Excellent guides.
Camp is fantastic and a great place for like minded mates to get together.
I've been twice and will be back soon."
Ben Kennedy
Rugby League Legend

I've done about 6 Barra trips over the last 10 years and half of them have been at Endyalgout Island. That's not a lot but when I speak to mates who do other barra trips all the time and still haven't got a metre plus fish, it puts how good "The Gout" is into perspective. I beat the bench mark twice in my first trip and then set the "Endyalgout Camp Record" with a 132cm monster on the cast, the last time I was there. Plenty of variety as well and a really great well run camp. I'll be back.
Bruce Nucifora

Getting there
The Mini Mini River / Endyalgout Island Remote Camp is a scenic 50 minute flight from Darwin along the coast and you will be greeted with the sight of a complex extensive mangrove system with islands and coral reefs scattered on the seaward side Your aircraft will land on one of these islands only 5 minutes from camp.

When to Go?
This remote camp operates between May and November each year with the most comfortable weather being between June and August. Whilst you’re less likely to tangle with a metre plus barra, in these cooler months there’s plenty up to 80cm and a variety of other species to keep you entertained. Like all tidal Top End destinations, the periods closer to the wet tend to be more reliable a greater chance of trophy fish. Tours are organised to coincide with the preferred moon phases being the half to full and half to new moon. 

The Camp
Situated on a shell grit beach under shady trees are several permanent tropical friendly safari style tents. These are designed to catch the sea breezes and are fitted with comfortable bedding and fans that will ensure a good nights sleep after a hard days fishing and a meal of Barra and mud crabs. There are three single beds in each tent, lighting and fans. Common areas include a substantial mess area with indoor and outdoor under cover dining and lounge areas. The kitchen is incorporated in this area. Flushing toilets and showers with great water pressure are in a separate building. It’s pretty unique to have a set up where you can land light aircraft a couple of minutes walk from camp and the boats are moored on the beach where the camp is situated. This certainly minimises any mucking around and maximises time spent fishing.

Meals
The camp has a large kitchen and dining area with fans, 240 volt power supply, ample fridges and freezers. Just because you are in the middle of no where doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a good feed. Mud Crabs that can cost $40 a serve in restaurants and Barra are always on offer.  You will also be pleased with great BBQ meals and roast dinners. Make sure you get the chef to whip up some of his famous beer battered Barra. Finish the day sitting around the dining table swapping yarns with a cold drink or two before crashing in your comfortable bed to rest before doing it all again the next day. In the morning after a good breakfast which can comprise cereals, toast or a cooked meal you will fish until a lunch that usually comprises sandwiches made fresh aboard but can include treats like chilled mud crab (If you’ve left any from the last nights feast).

The Guides
In the twenty odd years that Endyalgout has been running it’s boasted a very impressive list of guides including the likes of Barra Classic champions Wayne “Disco Buffalo” Ross and Trevor Robb, as well as several of the Top End’s other leading operators. John “The Guru” Dagan has the lease and rights to exclusively fish the surrounding rivers and creeks and I rate him as one of the top guides I’ve had the pleasure of fishing with in the nearly twenty years I’ve been heading to the NT. Local knowledge is important and John employs the services of independent guides who have fished the area on numerous occasions. Most have been sub contracting to John and fishing the Mini Mini for some time.

The Fishing
Barramundi is the prime target and we consider this a big Barra hotspot. There is a fantastic variety of fishing options. Cast lures to feeding schools of Trevally and Queenfish.  Threadfin salmon patrol mangrove channels and drains.  Estuary cod and Groper lurk in holes and rock ledges to pounce on passing lure with savage strikes and bulldogging fights. Golden Snapper here grow big and mean, the way they eat lures we are not sure if they love them or hate them.  Black Jewfish here are not uncommon on lures while trolling for barra. All our safari boats are 5.5 metre to 6 metres in length and run 4-stroke environmentally friendly outboards. The Boats are built to government regulations. Our professional guides are fully accredited with many years of experience fishing the tropical waterways of the Northern Territory and no one knows this area better.

River and estuary species include: BARRAMUNDI, THREADFIN & BLUE SALMON, QUEENFISH, GOLDEN SNAPPER, ESTUARY COD, QUEENSLAND GROPER AND MORE.
Saltwater and ocean species: QUEENFISH, GOLDEN BLACKSPOT & GIANT TREVALLY.

THE TOUR

Duration: 3 to 7 days
Departure: By arrangement from March to early December. Weather permitting. (Fly in / out to maximise fishing time)

You will be met at Darwin Airport and transferred to the light aircraft section for your 50 minute flight. Settle into camp and enjoy a lovely dinner of local seafood and discuss your fishing with a guide for the remainder of your stay. On the last day your departure for Darwin will depend on the Tide. If departing from the Island it is usually approx. 2 p.m. (Can fly one way and drive the other)

Inclusions: All meals at camp and lunch on boats, Return flights to our camp, Travel permits pre arranged, Ablution block with fresh water showers and flush toilets, Fully screened, fan cooled sleeping huts, all linen, Highly recommended and experienced guides, All fish surplus to needs are released

Exclusions: Alcohol and soft drinks, must be pre ordered, Domestic Travel to and from Darwin, Accommodation and meals whilst in Darwin, Tackle supplied on a replace if lost or damaged basis, Fly fishing tackle is not supplied

Minimum: 2 angler's minimum - 3 angler's maximum per boat, Large groups of up to 12 anglers can be catered for.

Lure fishing is our speciality, your guide will instruct you on how to use all our tackle, and will have you catching fish in no time, casting to fallen trees, submerged snags, gutters, creek junctions or trolling around reef areas and deeper water rock bars in rivers and coastal regions.

What to Bring: Sunscreen, shady hat, insect repellent, toiletries, medications you may need, torch, camera and film. Clothing - light and comfortable, long trousers are advisable and sandshoes or teva's. 

Bagage Limit: Please keep baggage to a maximum of 5kgs. Soft-sided sports bags are best. Excess baggage will be charged at $3.00 per/k. Prices include return charter plane flights Darwin / Endyalgout / Darwin. Prices for 4 anglers per boat are subject to all 4 anglers traveling on one charter plane, these are weight limited to 450kgs. *4 passengers and their luggage must not go over this weight or you will need to pay for an extra charter plane.

Fish for: Barramundi, Black Jewfish, Blue Salmon, Estuary Cod, Giant Trevally, Golden Snapper, Golden Trevally, Javelin fish, Queenfish, Queensland Groper, Threadfin Salmon and many more species

130cm 'trophy' Barramundi

130cm 'trophy' Barramundi from the Mini Mini