Blackout Sportsfishing Charters

Northern Beaches Cairns
Cairns QL, Australia

Blackout Sportfishing Charters is owned and operated by Captain Kerry Bailey, a veteran local guide whose expertise in the fishing business spans a number of years and several charter companies. After gathering a wealth of knowledge and understanding about both the area’s inshore river system and various offshore reef hotspots, Kerry decided it was time to venture out on his own, and start showing his own guests exactly what he’s learned about the prolific Cairns waterways over the years.

Capt. Bailey operates a 23ft center console Badjcraft Custom Aluminium, powered by a single 140HP 4-stroke Suzuki engine, which can accommodate up to 3 fishermen per charter. The boat features a t-top for shade and comes outfitted with a conventional range of navigational utilities, including a radio, fishfinder, as well as 2 GPS’s - Garmin and Furuno, respectively.

As for on-board tackle, the Badjcraft is outfitted with a variety of rod and reel combos, from several popular fishing brands including Shimano, Daiwa and Fin-nor. Both live and artificial bait is supplied and can be used during the trip; although specific live bait may depend on the season and other factors, Capt. Bailey tends to prefer live sardines over most other alternatives.

Kerry specializes in both river and estuary fishing in and around Cairns, implementing a mixture of different fishing methods and techniques, such as deepwater bait fishing, jigging, trolling for pelagics, wreck bumper barring, lure casting, live baiting and many others depending on your personal preference. Typical species targeted on the reefs include some delicious table fish such as Red Emperor, Coral Trout, Fingermark and Sweet-lip, as well as light tackle warriors like Spanish Mackerel, Sailfish, Cobia and GT. Estuary fishing mainly focuses on the notorious Barramundi, as well as Queenfish, Mangrove Jack, Trevally and others.

Blackout Sportfishing Charters is owned and operated by Captain Kerry Bailey, a veteran local guide whose expertise in the fishing business spans a number of years and several charter companies. After gathering a wealth of knowledge and understanding


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Boat Specs
Length
23 ft
Capacity
2 persons
Types of Fishing
River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Popping
Targeted Species
 
Barramundi
 
Cobia

 
Coral Trout
 
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

 
Marlin (Blue)
 
Sailfish

 
Snapper (Mangrove)
 
Snapper (Red Emperor)

 
Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred)
 
Trevally (Giant)
Amenities
GPS
Fishfinder
Radio
Air Conditioning
Toilet
Multimedia System
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Spearfishing Equipment
Snorkeling Equipment
Ice Box
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
biscuits, cheese and fruit cake
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment
Policies
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 days before the trip date.
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
 
You Keep Catch
 
Catch and Release Allowed
Payment

10% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. 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.

About the Charter Operator

Kerry Bailey
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Member since March 2015
Blackout Sportsfishing aim to cater to all your sportsfishing needs, be it reef, river or estuary fishing, with years of experience and advice from a local fishing veteran, Captain Kerry Bailey.
Response time: 5 hours
Response rate: 100%

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I booked for two days and found the comms in advance of and after the trip to be excellent. The skipper was very knowledgeable and engaging and the boat very well appointed. Despite conditions that were not ideal Kerry worked tirelessly to put us on fish and we took advantage of the chances that came our way. Would recommend and will book again. Great trip.

Fished April 14, 2017
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