About `Fish Tales Charters`

Fish Tales Charters Cairns is proudly owned and operated by Cairns locals Darryl and Raewyn.

Darryl has enjoyed fishing all his life, spending every possible moment not only fishing and exploring the local Cairns area from Hinchinbrook Island to Weipa on the Cape York Peninsula including reef, rivers and creeks in-between; many a holiday was & always will be spent with his wife Raewyn, the dog and a boat in tow.

Darryl has been mentored by some of North Queensland’s most recognised professional fishing guides and has been taught Reef GT Popper fishing by world famous GT Popper fisherman Barry James Cross.

It is local knowledge and wealth of fishing experience in Cairns & the Cairns Region that makes a Guided Estuary, Cairns River and or Cairns Reef Fishing Charters adventure with Darryl and Raewyn at Fish Tales Charters one of the best fishing experiences that you will ever have.

Fish Tales Charters Cairns are open to instructing and educating on everything from how to catch our tropical saltwater fish species, to the correct handling and care for the fish species, as well as cooking and dining for all our customers.

Fish Tales Charters Cairns caters for different levels of fishing experience, from the beginner, to the passionate, from the young to the elderly. We cater for families or a group of mates out for a day of fishing and exploring.

Cairns Estuary system mangrove lined waterways have the reputation of being the world’s most diverse and productive eco-system they are also home to saltwater crocodiles (salties) and numerous species of birdlife.

Fish Tales Charters Cairns go that little bit further and give you interesting information about the history of Cairns and if you are lucky enough you might even spot a crocodile.

A relaxing yet exciting day fishing and chit-chatting about anything of interest, except politics – That is what we call a Great Cairns Fishing Adventure!

 A Little History of Cairns

With the discovery of gold by the early explorers began it`s development. Officially founded in 1876 to provide a port and supply base for the Hodgkinsons River Goldfields. The city took it`s name of the State Governor at the time, Sir William Wellington Cairns.

Trinity Inlet

This is an oceanic inlet which serves the Port of Cairns (like an arm of the ocean); is saltwater with tidal movement.

In prehistoric times, the Trinity Inlet was the river mouth of the Mulgrave River. Volcanic activity resulted in the rise of Green Hill in the Mulgrave Valley. Later the Mulgrave River later shifted course and now empties into the Coral Sea approximately 30 kms to south on the southern end of Yarrabah Hills Range.

The naming of Trinity Inlet

On 10th June 1770 Lieutenant James Cook visited gave Trinity Inlet its name. In his journal, he commented, `the shore between Cape Grafton and Cape Tribulations forms a large but not very deep bay which I named Trinity Bay after the day-Trinity Sunday.  James Cook hauled his ship, the HM Bark Endeavour into Mission Bay (entrance to Trinity Inlet between Cape Grafton and False Cape) along with Sir Joseph Banks went ashore at to the present site known as Yarrabah.

Darryl showing us his Tomato Rockcod
Cairns River Fishing, Popper fishing for Queenfish
Sandra is happy with her catch of a Fingermark while estuary fishing in Trinity Inlet, Cairns!

About Vessel `Dont know`

Vessel `Dont know` estuary, river and reef fishing from Cairns
Vessel dont know
  • Vessel `Dont Know` is a 6.50 metre Northwind built by Cairns Custom Craft in Cairns on 8th June 2002.
  • Purchased in 2011 to be custom fitted for commercial survey to provide maximum comfort and space.
  • Specially designed for estuary fishing, river fishing, reef fishing as well as  lure and popper fishing.
  • Designed for smaller groups of people. 
  • Powered by the latest and efficient 4-stroke MERCURY 150 EXL SEA PRO to get you to your fishing locations fast and safe.
  • Fitted with top of the line Furuno Chart Plotter and Garmin navigation GPS.
  • Marine carpet on the floor which is easy on your feet.
  • Padded seats for comfort.
  • Portable sun shade blind for protection from the sun (we do ask all our guests wear a long sleeve cotton shirt, wide brim hat and bring along sunscreen and sunglasses.
  • Built in live bait tank to keep the live bait fresh.
  • 2016 a new aluminium trailer was designed and built for transportation of vessel to different locations.
  • Portable esky with ice onboard.
  • We supply all top quality PENN Slammer reels and rods, all bait & tackle, bottles of cold water (separate esky with ice).

About Vessel “River Rocket”

  • Vessel `River Rocket` is a 5.8 metre Fishing Charter Boat, built be Subsee Explorer Pty Ltd of Cairns, Australia.
  • She is a 20 foot flat-bottom punt, especially designed and built for the smooth waters of the estuaries and rivers systems of Far North Queensland.
  • Two of the latest additions to her include a Hummingbird Side Scan Sonar and she is powered by a fuel-injected four-stroke 140 hp Suzuki Outboard.
  • Part of the design plan is to utilize all space available, not only for the fishing equipment and safety equipment but also give plenty of room to move around the boat for that ‘prize catch’ whilst putting less stress on the equipment and the fish.
  • She has a carpeted floor which is easy on your feet and no shoes required;
  • Easily cleaned at the end of the day, fresh and ready for tomorrow’s adventures.
  • Two built in live-bait tanks keep the selection of bait fresh as a smorgasbord to tempt our saltwater species.
  • To keep the heat of the sun at bay, the canopy covers approximately 3/4 of the boat yet the front 1/4 of the boat is not covered, this allows room for the lure fisherman to move when lure fishing.
.Vessel river rocket
river rocket

Current Brochure

NOTE Full Day Reef Fishing Share Charter $30.00 Fuel Levy (since July 2022) and $8.00 EMC Levy (since July 2023) per person

Fish Tales Charters Cairns Brochure
Fish Tales Charters Cairns Inside Brochure