Viv's Sportfishing & Wilderness Safaris - Northern Territory

Viv's Sportfishing & Wilderness Safaris, Darwin's most experience Mothership fishing company, invite you to experience the magic of some of the best remote area fishing and sightseeing the Top End of Australia can offer..... Enjoy superior comfort during your northern fishing holiday. Accommodation is provided aboard our comfortable 18.75 metre mothership "TSMY Swordfish".

We will ensure your trip to the Top End is a trip of a lifetime and a memory to treasure. The advantage of the mothership is to be able to be "right on the spot". Spend each day fishing and exploring truly remote islands, many rivers, estuaries, reefs and the endless coastline of the Northern Territory.

Enjoy the experience of fishing for the famous Barramundi and a large variety of other species which include....mega size GT's, Mackerel, Tuna, Salmon, Red Emperor, Coral Trout, Jewfish, Mud Crabs and Crayfish....the list goes on.

Spend time with the proficient and professional guides as they assist you to enjoy remote area fishing and cruising at its best.

Viv's Sportfishing & Wilderness Safaris is a well established tour company operating out of Darwin in the Northern Territory. Your host and owner, Viv Thistlethwaite has lived in Darwin for over 20 years and can offer his clients a wealth of knowledge with regards to fishing and the wilderness areas of the Top End of Australia.

Services & Facilities

Operating from February through December "Swordfish" is as comfortable as you can get in such a remote part of the world. Quality furnishings, air conditioning throughout, comfortable cabins, fresh water showers, spacious internal areas and open decks, seven metre customised fishing vessels, as well as professional skipper, crew and chef.

Some of the benefits of a mothership with the long range capabilities of "Swordfish" include:

  • remote area access
  • new areas and experiences each day
  • comfortable live-aboard accommodation
  • a very proficient, professional and personal service

The fully surveyed 7 metre fishing vessels have been designed to take into account the need for maximum space and comfort for both anglers, clients and the guides.

Top quality fishing tackle is provided on a "replace if lost or damaged basis". Fly fishing clients are catered for, but must bring their own tackle.

Viv's Sportfishing & Wilderness Safaris promote "catch and release" fishing to ensure your enjoyment into the future and beyond....but on request you can still take a small feed home!

Darwin's Mothership fishing at its best.


An 8 day/package is $5500 per person (includes GST). The mothership caters for a maximum of 8 guests but will still operate at the same price for 6 guests.. We can add an extra fishing boat/guide and cater for up to 12 people


  • all meals
  • services of professional staff/guides and equipment
  • tackle supplied on a replace if lost or damaged basis
  • 6 days guided fishing


*If you are interested in extra large GT fishing please inquire about our special package that hopefully has you hooked up to GT’s averaging 60lb....with 130lb the biggest stopped so far!! * There is also an extended 10 day fishing trip available on request @ $7100 per person.