About us and our Business
Wildside Sportfishing is a Darwin based company operating year round guided fishing tours. We specialize in a wide range of species from a vast array of habitats. While barramundi are the major draw card in the top end, a host of other tropical sportfish also abound in the rich local waters – meaning there is always some fun to be had!
With over 15 years fishing tour operations experience you are sure to have a safe, informative and enjoyable charter.
We run a ‘670 XS Bar Crusher Reef Sport’ plate aluminium vessel which is in survey for five passengers (although we prefer to take a maximum of four anglers for comfort). It is powered by Yamaha 150HP 4 stroke outboard motor.
On the bow sits an 80lb ‘Minn Kota I Pilot’ electric motor for the ultimate in stealthy approach.
Our air conditioned Toyota Landcruiser 200 series GXL wagon transfers clients and vessel to and from fishing destinations in legendary comfort and reliability.
High quality fishing tackle is provided – on a lost or broken replacement basis (the industry standard).
Marine Qualifications –
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Just thought I’d jot down a few things about myself, in case you were wandering..
I’ve been a lifelong fisherman, or at least since the age of three or four years old, a passion inherited from my old man . Something about being on the water, and discovering what lies beneath has always captivated me.
I grew up in Victoria chasing species like snapper and whiting, at a feverish, bordering on obsessive pace. There werent too many days that I wasnt hassling some poor finned foe standing on wave battered rocks, or old timbered warf. A true pier rat as a youngster.
From there my hobby eventually led to a career path. Driving a fly bridge charter vessel with 25 people on board as a teenager was certainly unnerving at times, but I learnt a lot. Not so much about the fishing admittedly, but more how to handle people – from all walks of life.
Fast forward 10 years ive had a ball fishing all over Australia, and even parts of the world. During that time working as a fishing guide in the Northern Territory has been amazing. Chasing all manner of species, in every kind of habitat – from barra to billfish, brings to mind many highlights. Theres not to many people who can honestly say some of the best days in their lives have been at work!
My little family and I live in Darwin, a small vibrant capital city, with a great lifestyle. Travel less than an hour and you are out in the open rawness of the Top End. Often considered the ‘last frontier’, it is inhabited by amazing wildlife and scenery, with vastly contrasting seasonal changes. It’s an exciting part of Australia, where there’s always an adventure to be had – that’s why I named our tour company Wildside Sportfishing.
I hope you enjoy your time with us.