I have recently moved to Cairns from Melbourne primarily for the weather and the fishing which have not been a disappointment. Prior to booking a trip with Kerry I did some local research on charter fishing with a number of fishing tackle shops and a member of my RSL in Cairns who is a keen fisherman. Blackout Fishing was highly recommended for Reef, River and Estuary fishing.
Having purchased some new Shimano rods and reels before leaving Melbourne I was keen to give them a christening and at Kerry’s suggestion I loaded up my T-curve heavy spin with a Saragosa 10,000 spooled with 60lb braid.
The weather forecast for our day indicated winds to 12 knots with moderate seas around 1m. and no rain.
Our first stop was Fitzroy Island to catch some live bait (the best) before heading out to one of Kerry’s secret marks. My new rod and reel certainly had a workout in the next few hours with five different species (Mangrove Jack, Giant Queenfish, Spotted Trevally, Barracuda and lastly a reef shark around the 100kg mark). Unfortunately the weather man got it horribly wrong and by late morning we were getting gusts up to 25 knots and some tropical rain. We anchored on the lee side of Fitzroy Island early afternoon for a great and welcome lunch.
We then headed off to another of Kerry’s spots to target some Fingermark and we were not disappointed. The sea was still pretty choppy due to the wind so our trip back in was a bit of a bone shaker. A good day – yes with nearly 10 hours of fishing and being spoilt with someone to bait up, change tackle, clean the take home fish and then chauffer you to your front door. In the last few years I have fished in New Zealand, Vanuatu and Cambodia and would rate Blackout Fishing highly in terms of value for money, professionalism, honesty and reliability. I have booked Kerry for 5 days in October when my brother and sister in-law arrive for a 10 day visit and some brotherly fishing competition. I am confident we will not be disappointed.
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