Captain
Nick Kelly

Member since October 2015

Cairns, Australia

Background
A 20 year career as a commercial mariner and fisherman has given me a deep love of the marine environment and I enjoy nothing better than sharing that appreciation with clients.

Hey, I'm Captain Nick Kelly

Cairns, Australia
Background
A 20 year career as a commercial mariner and fisherman has given me a deep love of the marine environment and I enjoy nothing better than sharing that appreciation with clients.
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Cairns
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US$ 205

Customer Reviews

4.67 out of 5 stars from 70 reviews

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Went fishing on Thursday, September 21, 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, September 25, 2017

We had an AWESOME day, everyone on board caught fish and were looked after in the most professional, timely super friendly way, FANTASTIC we would do it again and again, Thank you !!!!

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Went fishing on Monday, September 25, 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, September 18, 2017

Very professional service the crew were amazing and very helpful was above my expectations

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Went fishing on Sunday, September 17, 2017

Overall GREAT!

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Went fishing on Sunday, September 17, 2017

Great day out , fish weren’t biting real well but some big fish caught, Skipper Dan very helpful and decky Danny didn’t stop all day great job guys

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Went fishing on Saturday, September 9, 2017

Perfect day & Dan took us to several prime spots where a variety of fish were caught.
Dan & Dean helped make it a very enjoyable day with plenty of fish caught.

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Went fishing on Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Had a great day. I was picked up from my accommodation on time to meet the boat. Captain and crew were very helpful. Also filleted my catch for a nominal fee. Very impressed. Sadly I don’t have any footage of my experience due to my equipment I the day.

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Went fishing on Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Brilliant day. Staff were friendly and extremely helpful. Plenty of big fish caught.

 

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Went fishing on Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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Went fishing on Sunday, August 27, 2017

Great trip. Heaps of fish

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Went fishing on Monday, August 28, 2017

Got a good mixed bag. Nannygai ,long nose sweety, and a few others . Thanks for the great day. Recommend to any one who hasn’t been out

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Went fishing on Saturday, August 26, 2017

Thank you , even though we didnt get oir target fish is still had a great day.cree were attentive and worked hard to find numerous fishing spots whens things were slow.

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Went fishing on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Would recommend this professional tour to anyone interested in fishing   Great deckie

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Nick Kelly (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Thanks for the review, Legend!!!

Went fishing on Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Have wanted to fish the reef all my life and the day met my expectations, thank you

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Went fishing on Saturday, July 29, 2017

What a fantastic way to spend a birthday, with my partner, a fantastic boat & crew and friendly group of fisher persons(7). We had a ball and heaps of fish caught throughout the day and a big bonus, heaps of migrating whales about 200 metres of the boat. The skip -Dan was very experienced & friendly and made sure he put the boat on spots, where the fish were biting. The deck hand - Dan- well what can I say, what a very enjoyable & friendly character he is (ask him about the four XXXX beer story from an earlier charter), extremely knowledgeable & experience. Both Dan & Dan were very professional and were always there to assist with baiting up, de-tangling lines - tips and of course, some friendly banter. The lunch was fantastic and plenty to go around -endless supply of water(free) and liquid gold at very reasonable cost.
The full day (6.30am to 3.30pm back at the jetty) is just right in time length and well worth the cost. We will definitely be back (and may ever bring a few family members) in the near future and hoping the two D’s are still there.

Fished July 2017

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Nick Kelly (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Thanks for taking the time to share your fishing adventure experience !!!

We look forward to having your aboard again one day soon

Went fishing on Friday, July 28, 2017

By far one of the best charter boats ive been on, excellent workers i highly recommend to go fishing with them i had the best day out with them

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Went fishing on Monday, July 24, 2017

Great day out, had a blast

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Went fishing on Sunday, July 23, 2017

A tough days fishing in 25kph winds. But we still had a great time. It was my wife’s first charter and she’s not a fisher person but she had fun and caught a Red Emperor and a Remora Shark. I caught 5 fish but none big enough to keep. The captain tried his best with probably 8-10 different locations tried but the fish just wouldn’t cooperate with only 4-5 keepers landed for the day. There were also sharks around which made it interesting. I would still recommend this trip however as it was a great days outing and an experience worth the money.

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Nick Kelly (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hi John,
Thanks for your helpful review. We are glad that regardless of how many keepers where on the boat at the end of the day that you and your partner still were able to enjoy the whole experience…
Hope to catch you next time!

Went fishing on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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Went fishing on Sunday, July 9, 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, June 29, 2017

Excellent highly recommended

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Nick Kelly (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, July 10, 2017

Thanks peter!!

Hope to catch you next time…

Went fishing on Friday, July 7, 2017

Great day out with a great crew chased the fish through a few spots before hitting the mother load and bringing smiles to all on board

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Went fishing on Monday, July 3, 2017

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Nick Kelly (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Thanks for your feedback!
Hope to catch you next time!

Went fishing on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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Nick Kelly (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Hi Peter,

Yay!!!
Thanks for taking the time to review us, we are so glad you had a 5 star day!
We look forward to having you out with us again one day soon..

Went fishing on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Great day out, great crew really enjoyable. Met some really nice people.

Fished June 2017

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Nick Kelly (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Thanks so much for taking the time to give us some feedback!

See you next time :-)

Went fishing on Monday, June 26, 2017

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Nick Kelly (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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Went fishing on Saturday, June 10, 2017

It was a good day out, waters a bit rough,  actually caught fish to take home which was a bonus arranged pick up from holiday apartment due to not having a car assumed we would be dropped back off not impressed that we had to return via a taxi costing a further $54.

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Nick Kelly (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, June 12, 2017

Hi Gary,Thanks for coming out with us and glad you enjoyed the day and caught some fish. Just to clarify the situation regarding the pick up service.We can provide a pick up service in the morning,if requested ,and normally charge $20 per person to help cover the costs. We don’t offer a return service in the afternoon as we are busy organising the boat for the next day, we are a small business and simply don’t have the resources.In your case we provided the service free of charge as a courtesy. We believed that we had advised you that we couldn’t give you a lift home ,but accepted that you hadn’t got that message so did say that we could do it. In the afternoon, just prior to running you home, I was advised that there were major disruptions to the traffic north of Cairns, due to a sporting event ,and that it would take me over 3 hours to get back to the marina and finish preparing the boat for the next days charter. I explained this too you, apologised,and asked if you would be ok the catch a taxi, which you said you were. Its regretful that a $54 cab ride home ,between 2 people,was a black mark on your day, you did get a free pick up,and free filleting of your fish, our decky’s normally do this in their own time and charge a small fee for it.
Thanks for coming out with us and for your feedback, we will ensure in future that the conditions of our pick up service are properly understood.

Went fishing on Tuesday, April 4, 2017

I was meant to go out on the tuesday but bad weather pushed us back for 2 days. When we finally got out there every time we dropped anchor we got baits. The crew was fantastic in assisting us with landing the fish and just looking after us. The spread of food was huge not that you had much time between catching fish to eat. All round great trip and I’m planning my next trip with these guys. Do yourself a favour and get out there qith cairns reef fishing.

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Nick Kelly (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Thanks for the awesome feedback Bradley!!
Look forward to having you out again soon..

:)

Went fishing on Thursday, April 6, 2017

Although the fishing was a bit slow, we still had fun and caught a nice feed

Fished April 2017

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Nick Kelly (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Thanks for taking the time to review your trip, we hope to catch you next time :)

Went fishing on Friday, March 17, 2017

Awesome Crew- Great Day on the reef :) highly recommended! AAA++

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Went fishing on Saturday, March 11, 2017

Booking another trip with Dan and Jason. Great day fishin with these fellas. Everything you want from a charter.

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Went fishing on Sunday, February 19, 2017

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Went fishing on Sunday, February 12, 2017

Nice day could have been better

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Nick Kelly (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Hi,
Thank you for you feedback.

In what way could we have improved on the trip? We aim to give everyone a five star experience, and we would love to hear your thoughts?

Kind regards,
Lucy

Went fishing on Saturday, February 4, 2017

A great day and would recommend to all.

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Went fishing on Thursday, January 19, 2017

Friendly & helpful crew. Nice boat & good fishing spots.

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Went fishing on Friday, January 27, 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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Nick Kelly (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Thanks for the photos mate, make sure to check out the Facebook page too

Went fishing on Friday, January 13, 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, January 2, 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, January 5, 2017

Best crew out there. Great boat and tucker

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Went fishing on Thursday, January 5, 2017

Nice and competent crew, easy-going attitude, good day for fishing, too. Awesome experience for us - two freshwater fishermen from the other side planet (Finland).

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Went fishing on Wednesday, January 4, 2017

We had a family of eight. From 56 to 11 what a day to remember. Crew extremely helpful by trying different spots to gain the biggest catch.
The kids will have a life long memory.

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Went fishing on Saturday, December 31, 2016

We had a full day the captain got us out to the reef asap and within say 30 minutes we were catching fish. We moveed around the boat around a bit so we could catch more fish. The lunch they provide d was better that I expected.

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Went fishing on Friday, December 30, 2016

Had a great time plenty of fish and everyone onboard caught a fish or more highly recommend it so people get off your butts and get fishing.

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Went fishing on Friday, December 30, 2016

Unreal experience. Both crewman were legends keen for a bit of fun

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Nick Kelly (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, December 30, 2016

Thanks for your awesome feedback, hope to see you back with us soon!

See you next time !

Cheers,
Cairns Reef Fishing Team

Went fishing on Saturday, December 24, 2016

Good captain and deck hand. We got fish in the boat in general. Overall it seemed like a good trip. I didnt actually bag any fish. Lost one in the rocks (my fault), lost another to a large shark that left only the head. Nice weather and decent sites. We had 12 on the boat so it caused some competition for fish with so many lines in the water. We also got tangled several times. These things happen. Overall Cairn’s reef is a good operator. The food for lunch was a surprise with many choices for the sandwich buffet. Good fruit end of day and some fresh croissant to start. A shark was caught, several trevally, some trout and a few others like snapper. A very large shark was nearly at surface (we fed him well). I would have went back again if i had the chance.

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Went fishing on Saturday, December 24, 2016

Great day. Crew was fabulous, food was lovely. Didn’t catch a fish but the crew put in such a great effort for me to catch one that i’ll be back again to have another go. The crew made the day and to catch a fish would’ve been a bonus. But Dapper Dan gave me a fish for trying and that was the icing on the cake for me. I’ll be back!! As i owe them 1 fish for trying. Thanks Dan and Ranger Trent you were awesome.

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Went fishing on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Great set-up, brilliant crew, help and advice all the way. Worked hard to put us on the fish, lovely food. Overall a great experience. Would definitely go again and recommend.

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Went fishing on Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Irina Menshikova does not recommend Cairns Reef Fishing

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Went fishing on Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Was a great day out with the grew. Good blokes on the boat as well but didn’t catch any fish. But like they say ” that’s fishing”

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Went fishing on Friday, December 2, 2016

Great day, caught a lot of fish, friendly crew and nice lunch

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Went fishing on Thursday, December 1, 2016

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Went fishing on Sunday, November 13, 2016

In 2015 we went fishing with them great experience so this year we went twice and in the future wene we are in cairns we go with them again.

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Went fishing on Tuesday, November 22, 2016

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Went fishing on Sunday, November 6, 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, November 11, 2016

Both the captain and deck hand were excellent in advice and manners

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Went fishing on Saturday, November 5, 2016

Went on both boats and had a great experience the crew were wonderful and very helpful especially Deano caught some great fish and would love to go with them again
Couldn’t recommend them more highly

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Went fishing on Saturday, October 22, 2016

Very friendly deck hands and skipper. They new their stuff and put us on some good bombies.

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Went fishing on Thursday, October 13, 2016

Great charter, great crew! Awesome scenery and lunch. Only thing that bugged me was the use of mono line on the fishing gear. Hook up rate wouldve been awesome if they were rigged with braid. Also very pricey but in the scheme of things is worth it. Crew were very friendly and knowledgeable, definitely recommend.

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Went fishing on Sunday, October 9, 2016

captain was awesome we moved around a bit but every time we moved we caught fish some up to 4 kgs
Must take sunscreen.hat and sunnies.
Main species was coral trout.

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Went fishing on Monday, August 29, 2016

If there was a call by crew for ‘anglers to wind up’ when a big fish is on the line of another (on that side of the boat) it would be better as 3 big fish lost as they were in mixed lines at the surface! Coral reef fishing well understood by the crew. The boat is a 42 footer and can take 14 fishing, to me; best if max of 10 fishing per trip would be better!

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Went fishing on Monday, July 25, 2016

not a trip but an adventure

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Went fishing on Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Amazing service and amazing catches! We even saw Wales at free of price!

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Went fishing on Sunday, June 5, 2016

Thanks to captain Nick & deckhand Rob for a top day’s fishing very well run charter & would highly recommend it Thank again guy’s Leigh & Mandy

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Went fishing on Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Although fishing was slow the captain was fantastic and great fun. Catered for everyone’s needs and kept us all laughing.

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Went fishing on Friday, February 26, 2016

Boat, equipment and crew were awesome. Did their best to provide best fishing opportunity. It would be good though to state that the transit time plus boat repositioning takes up about 4 hours…so actual fishing time is about 4 hours. This helps the angler to determine the cost effectiveness.

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Went fishing on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I went out twice with this company the first time we went out was with a captain named nick he was friendly snd helpful but the fishing was pretty dismal the decky Deno was awesome the second time we went out we were with captain Stuey/Stuart he had a great personality friendly and helpful and new all the great fishing spots we caught a boat load along with Deno the decky they made the day awesome thanks again guys will be back up soon for some more great fishing would recommend trying these guys if your planing any sort of fishing trip to Cairns.

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