In partnership with Nautilus Aviation, HeliFish offers full-day and multi-night fishing adventures, flying to remote Top End locations over impressive landscapes to target the mighty barramundi! Salmon, mangrove jack and other species may also tighten your line! Specialising in helicopter fishing tours, HeliFish is flexible enough to suit personal requests and fishing skill levels, while being able to accommodate groups of all sizes! Aircraft available include: the Robinson R44, Bell 206 JetRanger, Bell 206 LongRanger and, at times, the luxurious six/seven-seat, air-conditioned Airbus H130.
The full-day adventure is the most popular tour, attracting in excess of 1000 people each year. Many clients are repeat customers addicted to remote access fishing made possible only by helicopter. With two hours of flight time and over six hours of fishing, HeliFish’s clients enjoy fishing at exclusive remote sites, chosen daily, depending on the season, weather, tides and time of day.
Exclusive fishing is made possible by permits to locations, including the untouched floodplains of the Daly River and Anson Bay estuaries and coastline. Other areas frequented include Arnhem Land and private coastal properties! Exclusive access to these sites means clients fish in areas where there is minimal fishing pressure and no commercial netting. HeliFish also promotes a catch-and-release policy to ensure the ongoing health of the fishery. However, an exception for dinner is always possible!
Heli-fishing is more than just fishing: the flights to and from each fishing spot fly over spectacular and isolated country, including vast floodplains, rivers, wetlands, billabongs, sandy beaches and magnificent coastal red cliffs. Due to the uninterrupted visibility from the helicopters, the visual experience and photo opportunities of landscapes, water birds, crocodiles, boars, water buffalos and other surprises are second to none! And when the fishing is slow, or the tide demands a change of location, the helicopter is waiting to fly you to another location or an iconic pub on the way home to celebrate catching that ‘big one’ with a ‘cold one’! It’s too easy!
All heli-fishing tours (half-day, full-day and multi-night tours) are well-suited for professionals, non-anglers, families and larger groups combining two or more helicopters. At HeliFish, heli-fishing is exclusively what the pilots do – it is not a part-time tour, it is their speciality. The highly trained pilots/guides of HeliFish are fishing every day. They know what baits or lures work and which spots are fishing the best to give their clients the greatest chance of success.
Whether you’re looking for family fun, a serious fish or access to the most stunning scenery and untouched wilderness locations in Australia, HeliFish is your answer! All fishing equipment, lunch, soft drinks and cool water are supplied; and, if you’re looking to book a multi-night charter, your accommodation is also booked for you. You only need to bring your camera and a sense of adventure!
This year, tick heli-fishing off your bucket list and cast a line with Nautilus Aviation’s HeliFish!
Darwin base, Charles Darwin National Park, Tiger Brennan Drive, Charles Darwin 0820 Tel: 1800 880 HELI (4354)
Images courtesy of HeliFish