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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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Reef
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US$ 547
    up to 2 persons
    Fish various reef and wreck sites for the numerous pelagic and reef species that inhabit this area. Catch great table fare such as Red Emperor, Coral Trout, Nannygai, Spangled Emperor, Sweetlip and Fingermark. Light tackle fish for Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Sailfish and Giant Trevally.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - River
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US$ 547
    up to 2 persons
    Fishing the Pristine Daintree, Mulgrave, Russell and Johnson Rivers - your choice. All these rivers are surrounded by beautiful mountainous rainforest. Targeted species include Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Finger Mark, Queenfish, Trevally and more.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Barramundi
Cobia
Coral Trout
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Marlin (Blue)
Sailfish
Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Red Emperor)

Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred)
Trevally (Giant)

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

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Radio
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Snacks
Drinks
Fishing License Included
Lunch

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.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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

About the Charter Operator

Kerry Bailey
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Member since March 2015
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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: 97%

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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3.67
out of 5 stars from 2 reviews
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Experience
A Day on the Reef
2 days sole charter, 1 angler
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Good experience
50%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
50%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
50%
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Jut Cole
Liverpool, England
 5.00
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2 days sole charter, 1 angler

VERIFIED   April 14, 2017

I booked for two days and found the comms in advance of and after the trip to be excellent. The skipper was very knowledgeable...

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Dennis Jakoboski
Lipa City, Calabarzon
 2.33
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A Day on the Reef

VERIFIED   November 16, 2017

My wife and I booked a whole day reef fishing trip. The disappointment was we spent half the time trying to net bait fish....

Dennis Jakoboski does not recommend Blackout Sportsfishing Charters
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