Fish Tales Charters – River Rocket

COVID-19 Update: To help us with Safe Work Practices, we are introducing the following: All customers should wash hands prior to boarding and hand sanitizer and/or the use of a bucket of water and soap will be provided. The vessel will be thoroughly disinfected after each charter. We have downloaded the COVIDSafe app and we recommend our customers do the same. We ask everyone to respect each other’s space/social distancing - let common sense prevail. These procedures are subject to change as necessary. And lastly, just come along and have fun! Your hosts Darryl & Raewyn

Fish Tales Charters offers exciting estuary fishing adventures in the beautiful Trinity Inlet in Cairns, Australia. Skipper Darryl Wilson has been fishing the local waters for over 20 years, so he’ll help you make the most of your day in these prolific waters!

You will fish aboard the River Rocket – a 20’ boat designed for the estuaries and river systems in Cairns. Powered by a 140 HP Suzuki engine, it’s fast and reliable when getting to the desired fishing areas. Fitted with the latest electronics, it will easily reveal what lies beneath the waterline.

The area is famous for the open waters, creeks, and the deep channel of the Cairns Estuary System. These waterways are an important part of the breeding cycle of juvenile fish and offer exceptional fishing for adult species.

Your targeted species will include Grunter, Blue Salmon, Queenfish, Giant Trevally, Threadfin, Mangrove Jack, Gold Spot Estuary Cod, Bream, Golden Trevally, Flathead, Hairtail, Tarpon, and the prized catch Barramundi.

Skipper Darryl will supply all bait – live and dead, as well as tackle, top quality rods, and Penn reels. You’ll get bottles of water, and the skipper will happily give advice on how to catch your target fish. Please bring along sunnies, a hat, a camera, and a few beers if you’re up for it.

Join Fish Tales Charters and explore these beautiful waters on the River Rocket, making some unforgettable memories!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM) – Private
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $517
    price breakdown
    $517
    This is a private trip just for you and your group. The trip runs from 7:30 am until 12 pm. Your targeted species will include Queenfish, Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Golden, and Giant Trevally and other species.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM) – Private
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $517
    price breakdown
    $517
    This private afternoon trip will start at 1 pm and last until 5:30 pm. You will target a variety of species including Giant and Golden Trevally, Barramundi, Queenfish, Estuary Cod, Fingermark, and Flathead.
  • Shared trip
    Full Day Trip – Shared
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $345
    price breakdown
    $345
    This is a full day trip that runs from 7.30 am to 12.00 pm, then 1.00 pm to 5.30 pm. Please note there is no lunch supplied on this charter. You will have one hour from 12-1 pm to have lunch back at the Marlin Marina where multiple takeouts are available. Your targeted species will include Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Golden Trevally, Queenfish, Fingermark, Estuary Cod, Bream, Salmon, and other species.
  • Shared trip
    Half Day Trip (AM) – Shared
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $173
    price breakdown
    $173
    This is a morning trip from 7.30 am to 12.00 pm. You will meet your guide in the Marlin Marina on Finger D Berth 2 at 7.15 am. From there you will go net casting for live bait and then onto fishing in the Trinity Inlet. Your targeted species will include Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Queenfish, Trevally and other local species.
  • Shared trip
    Half Day Trip (PM) – Shared
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $173
    price breakdown
    $173
    This is a 4-hour shared charter in the protected waters of Trinity Inlet. Your targeted species will include Mangrove Jack, Barramundi, Trevally, Queenfish, Estuary Cod, Fingermark, Flathead and other species.
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About the Captain

Darryl Wilson
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Angler's Choice
10 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
38 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since June 2014
Captain Darryl grew up in Adelaide fishing with his brother from a very young age. 20 years later, he arrived in Cairns, and every possible moment became all about fishing and exploring. Captain Darryl became the owner-operator of Fish Tales Charters over 20 years ago, and after a decade of successful guiding decided to build the Don't Know to offer a variety of fishing charters due to the high number of repeat customers.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barramundi Barramundi
Bream (Fingermark) Bream (Fingermark)
Grunter (Javelin) Grunter (Javelin)
Queenfish Queenfish

Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Tarpon Tarpon
Trevally (Giant) Trevally (Giant)
Trevally (Golden) Trevally (Golden)

Boat Specs

Subsee Flat Bottom Punt (Commercial) originally built in 1985, and restored in 2015. Powered by a 140HP Outboard 2015 Suzuki 4 stroke engine.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Handline

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Drinks

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 1.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.44
out of 5 stars from 26 reviews
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Chris`s 46cm Mangrove Jack
Daniel`s 46cm Mangrove Jack
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+14
Angler Rating
17
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
77%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
88%
Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
95%
Catch intended fish
48%
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Darren E.
New Farm, QLD
 5.00
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VERIFIED   November 27, 2019
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Mathew C.
Portarlington, VIC
 5.00
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VERIFIED   March 23, 2018
Went out today for a great charter with Darryn. Second time ive used fish tales charter and again it was a great experience....
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Tania R.
Langwarrin, VIC
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VERIFIED   April 6, 2019
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Jeremy P. A.
Aspley, QLD
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Despite the shy fish

VERIFIED   July 22, 2018
Darryl was still able to put us on some alternative fish despite the barras being really shy today. Just goes to show how well...
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David R.
Greenslopes, Queensland
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VERIFIED   April 16, 2017
Even though the fish weren’t on for the day because of conditions had a great day out with Darryl. Very informative and...
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