Captain
Darryl Wilson

Member since June 2014

Cairns, Australia

Background
Captain Darryl grew up in Adelaide fishing with his brother from a very young age. 20 years 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 15 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.
Techniques
Captain Darryl loves lure and popper fishing for Queenfish over the winter months on the Mulgrave and Russell Rivers.

Hey, I'm Captain Darryl Wilson

Cairns, Australia
Background
Captain Darryl grew up in Adelaide fishing with his brother from a very young age. 20 years 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 15 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.
Techniques
Captain Darryl loves lure and popper fishing for Queenfish over the winter months on the Mulgrave and Russell Rivers.

My Charter Listings

 
Cairns
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US$ 76
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US$ 176

Fishing Reports

August 2017 Bluewater (reef) fishing

August 06, 2017

Mother nature is only just now allowing us to organise and conduct charters on the reef from Cairns, FNQ for this winter. A small window has opened up in the past couple days, previous we have only been able… Read Full Report →


Thursday 6th July 2017 Reef Fishing

July 06, 2017

Thursday 6th July 2017 Bluewater (reef) fishing from Cairns in Far North Queensland. Fishing Guide `Darryl` Vessel `Dont Know` Most of the Autumn and Winter up here in Far North Queensland has been windy (forecasting over 20+ knots). Kane… Read Full Report →


Cairns Autumn Estuary Fishing

May 05, 2017

Over the past couple of weeks the air temperature has decreased for during the day and night. This has seen the fishing change; change from our summer species to our winter species. Their is a occasional barramundi being caught;… Read Full Report →


Thursday 23rd February 2017

February 22, 2017

Loads of bait over the flats of Trinity Inlet. In swallow waters lots of garfish and blue mullet for bait is attracting Blue Salmon, Thread, Queen Fish and Barramundi. Read Full Report →


BLUEWATER (REEF) FISHING SHARE CHARTER

February 18, 2017

Organise only a few fishing charters on the Great Barrier Reef recently. All have been successful with guests enjoying the thrill of the chase for Large Mouth Nannygai, Coral Trout and Red Emperor. Check out the photos! Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.46 out of 5 stars from 16 reviews

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Went fishing on Thursday, July 6, 2017

Day was suppose to be calm got out on reef rough as. We all got sick, but captain bought us back in to smoother waters where we came good and hit up on an esky full of fish to take home.
Great Day

Fished July 2017

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Darryl Wilson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, August 6, 2017

Hi Kane,
Thank you for booking with us. Unfortunately, it has been a very windy winter so far.
We think you had one of the best day`s fishing not only did you get to catch different fish species but the Hump Back Whales came in real close.
Do come and visit us again. Your Hosts Darryl and Raewyn at `Fish Tales` Charters


Went fishing on Monday, April 24, 2017

Too bad I didn’t catch any fish. Daryl tried everything but that was not his fault. It was still a nice morning on the water.

Fished April 2017

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Darryl Wilson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, April 27, 2017

Hi Bruce,
Thank you for coming out with us. It was good to met you, unfortunately it was not your day. Do come back for a visit and we will see what we can do for you.
Thanks mate. Cheers Darryl

Went fishing on Monday, April 17, 2017

Only 2 fish caught between 6 fishermen in 4 hours . Both were through backs
Would have thought crew would have more knowledge of the best place to catch a fish?

Barry Cockburn does not recommend Fish Tales Charters - River Rocket

Fished April 2017

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Darryl Wilson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, April 17, 2017

Hi there Barry, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Online bookings are very convenient for both users and operators. However, a little research from anyone wishing to take a fishing charter can shed some light of how the fishing has been? Target species? etc.
On all our fishing charters simple things like expected weather for your charter, expected tidal movement, expected bait to catch and expected fish target species are all spoken about at the beginning; along with any question and answers you may have.
If you remember as motoring out the marina Darryl spoke to everyone on board QUOTE `it is going to be extremely difficult fishing this afternoon, it is really windy, there is no tidal movement, probably going to take a while to get the right bait. The water temperature has dropped a few degrees and we are going from our summer species to our winter species. We are going to try our best!` UNQUOTE.
We welcome anyone to phone/text/email us at any time to chat about taking a fishing charter before they decide. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Alternatively chat to the online booking company first, they in turn to talk to us to find out the
information to pass on; they like us wish for guests to partake in the right charter for you.
Kind Regards
Darryl and Raewyn
`Fish Tales` Charters

Went fishing on Sunday, 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 a good host. Looked after us well and would highly recommend. Definitely will come back again.

Thanks Darryl

Dave & Ingrid

Fished April 2017

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Darryl Wilson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, April 16, 2017

Thank you Dave and Ingrid for choosing to come out with us. For us, it is so good to met and share our little piece of paradise; allowing us to show you our backyard. Sensational to met you and we would love to see you next time while in Cairns. Your Host Darryl `Fish Tales` Charters

Went fishing on Tuesday, January 17, 2017

We had a fantastic morning. My son had an awesome time and it was the highlight of his trip to Cairns. Thanks to Barry for an awesome morning and sharing his knowledge.

Fished January 2017

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Darryl Wilson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thank you very much for coming out with us. What a great catch and even better job landing the shovel nose shark. Do call us again when next you are in Cairns. Your host Darryl and Raewyn and Fishing guide Barry from Fish Tales` Charters


Went fishing on Thursday, December 22, 2016

My 8 years old son caught a 68cm barrimundi fish the first hour..
Whole day we caught good size fish..
Will definitely return..
Thank you so much.

Fished December 2016

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Darryl Wilson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, January 2, 2017

Thank you so much for coming out with us. You did a great job landing the barramundi, then returning to the water. It was an absolute pleasure to have you on board. Please do visit us again. Cheers Darryl


Went fishing on Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Our guide Darryl is awesome, very friendly, patient, knowledgeable and experienced.

Fished December 2016

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Darryl Wilson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, December 25, 2016

Thank you Kerong Wu and your family for coming out with us. It was a pleasure to have you on board for two days-one estuary catching Mangrove Jacks, Fingermark and small trevally and again on the second day trying very hard your luck casting poppers for Trevally on the great barrier reef. When next you are in Cairns do come out again. Your Fishing Guide Darryl at Fish Tales` Charters

Went fishing on Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Darryl worked hard to find good quality fish, not just any fish. A good day out.

Fished October 2016

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Darryl Wilson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thank you for coming out with us; was a pleasure to have you on board. We love meeting nice people. Darryl at `Fish Tales` Charters


Went fishing on Thursday, August 4, 2016

We had a good time. It wasn’t the best day to catch a fish. Thank you Barry. Cindy and William

Fished August 2016

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Darryl Wilson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Thank you William and Cindy for coming out with us.
Kind Regards Darryl & Raewyn and Barry `Fish Tales` Charters

Went fishing on Sunday, June 12, 2016

Even though we didnt catch a barra we still caught other fish. Weather wasn’t the best but the Captain was great and tried his best to help us land a barra and made the experience a great time out. Assisted in baiting and casting if you were inexperienced and was good for a laugh. Would recommend this company and next time i come to cairns ill be fishing with these guys again

Fished June 2016

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Darryl Wilson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Hi Mathew, Thank you for your great review. Over the cooler months of May, June, July and August the barramundi do not fee much-sometimes only once or twice a week-this makes landing a barramundi happen only a occasionally. When the weather warms up and the water temperature start to rise the barramundi will increase there feeding hence more chance of landing a barramundi.
Thank you very much for coming out with us. Barry loved having you on board.
See you next time for a barra.
Your Hosts Darryl and Raewyn `Fish Tales` Charters

Went fishing on Friday, June 10, 2016

Very experienced guide

Fished June 2016

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Darryl Wilson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, June 11, 2016

Hi Tony,
Thank you very much for coming out with us. We enjoyed your company and thanks for the photos. Cheers.

Went fishing on Monday, April 4, 2016

Must have been a bad day, we couldn’t even catch the bait. Only 1 fish that was undersized, left the dock feeling a bit miffed.

Fished April 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, December 26, 2015

Great Day Fishing with Darryl… Everyone on the boat caught Several fish including Keepers!  Darryl was on it!  Took us to the Hot Spots and got good action.  Any spots that were slow, we pulled up the lines and moved on to other hot spots he knew of! Many fish, Many species, Darryl was great with Locating the fish, helping with tips on catching and a nice job cleaning them!  We were also able to avoid the rain storms!  Could not have been much Better!  Thanks for the Great Day of Fishing!

Fished December 2015

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Went fishing on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Boat and equipment were good. Captain / guide is competent and entertaining. Had a good time and caught the target fish.

Fished June 2015

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Darryl Wilson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, June 29, 2015

Thank you Grant for coming out with us while visiting Cairns.
Due to a very windy and very wet June ( over 150 mm for the month)in tropical Far North Queensland, we where unable to take you Bluewater (reef) fishing; instead you agreed to go half day of estuary fishing in Trinity Inlet, Cairns. We have a very healthy population of Mangrove Jacks that live in the estuary. Many thanks for coming out with us.

Went fishing on Friday, January 3, 2014

I’ve been fishing on a few charters and this one was by far the best, the skipper was a true professional and he really knew what he was talking about. The fish were plentiful and as soon as they stopped biting he would find another good spot. I highly recommend charter and will go again.

Fished January 2014

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Went fishing on Monday, June 9, 2014

Unfortunately we did not catch eatable fish; if we have this would have been a 5 star review. However, the captain did all he could to put us in places we ought to have caught fish that were not too small or an inedible species. When it became evident we were going to go home empty-handed, the Captain pulled out some live bait to hook a 2m bull shark!  We would happily go out with Vessel `don’t know` and FishingBooker again!

Visited June 2014

Fished June 2014

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