Target ancient wild native southern saratoga and other freshwater species while experiencing the Australian Outback later in the dry season from August until December or the first floodwaters arrive.
The arowana are internationally renowned as premier sportfish that inhabit freshwaters across Asia and Northern Australia. The Southern Saratoga (Scleropages Leichartdi) are one of seven known species of arowana. The Fitzroy Basin, in Central Queensland, Australia holds the only native wild population of Southern Saratoga found on the planet. Southern Saratoga are one of the largest of the arowana and to grow to 1m (3 ft) in length, though more commonly caught in the 60-75cm (2-2 1/2ft) range. The primitive fish are olive green along the back and lighter along the sides and belly. There are one or two striking pink to orange spots for each scale.
Saratoga are slender fish with flat backs and a dorsal fin aligned towards the tail. The fish hunt and feed along the surface, making for fantastic sight fishing on lure or fly even in the turbid waters they inhabit. The lower jaw slopes steeply upwards and carries two fleshy barbels on the chin. The arowana are known for their bony mouths and the southern saratoga are no different. This can be the cause of frustration for anglers because, though they readily take presentations, it can be hard at times to get the hooks to set! Saratoga are very poor eating due to the presence of numerous fine bones, but the aerobatic displays make them a sportfishing spectacle.
FULL DAY CHARTER (minimum 8 hours): This includes pick up from accommodation, lunch, snacks and drinks as well as all fishing equipment. Please note that a two to three hour drive from Rockhampton is required to access impoundments with southern saratoga and can make for a long day.
We offer a personalised charter where it is only your party on the boat, we do do split bookings or add other people to make up numbers. If you book as a single angler, it will be one on one with our excellent guide, Nathan Johnston