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Heli-fishing is also more than just fishing: the flights to and from each fishing spot fly over spectacular and isolated country, including vast floodplains, rivers, wetlands, billabongs and magnificent coastal red cliffs. Due to the uninterrupted visibility from its helicopters, the visual experience and photo opportunities of landscapes, water birds, crocodiles, boars, water buffalo and other surprises are second to none! The experience is well suited for professionals, nonanglers, families and larger groups combining two or more helicopters.


Helifish flies into to fishing spots that offer the best chances of catching fish on the day with season and tidal influences considered. The fishing is land-based and could be from a river bank, beach, billabong or estuary. The fishing locations chosen for each trip is based on easy access and safety. As the primary target fish is the barramundi, clients will usually get to experience multiple locations during a heli-fishing trip. So if one place isn’t catching fish, it is easy to get back in the chopper and in minutes be at a different fishing spot. Exclusive fishing is made possible by permits to locations including the untouched floodplains of the Daly River, Anson Bay estuaries and coastlines and Arnhem Land. Helifish also promotes a catch-andrelease policy to ensure the ongoing health of the fishery. However, an exception for dinner is always possible.


Helifish offers a variety of heli-fishing trips and tours to cater for all budgets, available time, and personal preferences. The full-day adventure is Helifish’s most-popular tour. Many clients are repeat customers, addicted to remoteaccess fishing made possible only by helicopter. With two hours of flight time and over six hours of fishing, Helifish clients enjoy fishing at exclusive remote sites, chosen daily, depending on the season, weather, tides and time of day. The 1/2-day trip is an affordable option for those who may be time restricted, and still want to experience Helifish Tours. Tours depart early morning or afternoon. Tour duration is 4 hours, so clients will get approximately 3 hours fishing, and 1 hour flight time to and from our remote heli-fishing spots. Flying out along isolated coastline, rivers or billabongs to the east of Darwin, not only will clients have amazing floodplain views, chances are they will also see some of the amazing local wildlife. For the ultimate heli-fishing experience, there is a multiday Fishing Adventure. Helifish will tailor a trip of a lifetime with options to fish all over the Northern Territory, as well as seeing ever changing landscapes. Clients can fish the Daly River, Victoria River, Mary River or nearly any piece of water in the NT. They can organise to tie in boat fishing trips with operators in the NT and can accommodate clients in a swag or 5-star accommodation. With exclusive, remote fishing, magnificent inflight views, and a stop-off at an iconic pub on the way home to celebrate catching that “big one”, what are you waiting for?


Make sure to register for Million Dollar Fish Season 5 Competition in the NT! Hook a $10,000 tagged barra with Helifish and they will double your money with a BONUS $10,000! And it can happen. Just last May, an 85cm barra sporting a $10,000 red tag was caught by Daniel Holman on an exciting Helifish trip down the west coast in Anson Bay. It was 79cm when the BetEasy tag was inserted way up the Daly River so it travelled a fair distance over a few months. Unfortunately for Daniel, although tagged in the latest Season 4 of MDF, the recapture was after the season closed. According to Helifish head pilot, Ryan Saywell, Daniel and his partner, Meggie Anderson, had a double hook-up early in the day. “They were with Helifish pilot, Shaun Wild, and Daniel caught his first barra, a beaut 105cm fish, and Meg also caught her first barra which was quite a bit smaller,” Ryan told me. “Later in the day, Dan caught his 85cm tagged barra, and from then on everyone was in suspense not knowing if it was worth $1 million.” That’s because, even though Season 4 was over, a bonus season just for five $Million fish has been activated until 30 September this year, when Season 5 starts. Call the team today on 1800 88 HELI! All fishing equipment, food and refreshments are provided. All that are needed is a camera and a sense of adventure!


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