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.

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About this listing

Boat Specs
23 ft
3 persons
Types of Fishing
River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Targeted Species

Coral Trout
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Marlin (Blue)

Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Red Emperor)

Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred)
Trevally (Giant)
Air Conditioning
Multimedia System
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Spearfishing Equipment
Snorkeling Equipment
Ice Box
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
biscuits, cheese and fruit cake
First Mate
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment
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

10% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the captain 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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