Andrew Darby, Head Guide
Our head guide, Andrew Darby, has been fishing Northern Territory waters for more than two decades and guiding visiting anglers full time since 2007.
Andrew hails from South Australia and has fished all over the country, throughout SA, New South Wales and in Sydney Harbour. But after nearly three years exploring the fish-rich waters of Groote’s pristine archipelago, he says Groote Eylandt is one of the best fishing locations in Australia.
‘You could fish for three or four days out here and catch a marlin on the first day and a barramundi on the last day and every other species the tropics has to offer in between’, he said.
‘Apart from a few overseas destinations, the Great Barrier Reef is probably the only other destination that offers an angling experience this good.’
Barramundi is Andrew’s all-time favourite target; he fondly remembers an older gentleman on his first ever barra fishing trip at Groote landing a 94cm fish on his very first cast.
But he says it’s tough to beat the incredible billfishing experience Groote consistently dishes up.
‘The billfishing really is the pinnacle out here. It’s not an instantly rewarding type of fishing—it’s a game of patience, tact and technical skill—and I really enjoy that. It’s very rewarding when you land them, for both the customer and the guide.’
Andrew holds a master five skippers ticket.