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Part two of The Wellington Fishing Competition for the boat section will be held 1, 2, 3 July.

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There are three types of trips we commonly book. Four hour trips are inside the harbour, 6 hour trips are out onto the South Coast and 9 hour full day trips are out to deepwater, like The Trench, and include some inshore fishing.

Gurnard like this one are commonly caught on our 4hr harbour trips. We also catch kahawai, elephantfish, trevally, snapper, kingfish, bluecod and tarakihi.

Bluecod along with tarakihi are a comon catch on the 6hr south coast trips. We also catch kingfish, snapper, school hapuku, trevally, warehou, gurnard and kahawai

Fish like this hapuku (groper) are often caught on our full-day 9-hour deepwater trips, along with bluenose and bass of similar proportions.



We provide bait, expert help, tea, coffee, toast, fruit, burgers or sossies, and filleting of all fish caught.



There are other days available. Phone the booking office on 045894326

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Some of these dates are subject to change



Mon 27th available

Tues 28th available

Wed 29th available

Thurs 30th available


Tues 5th to Fri 8th available

Mon 11th available

Tues 12th 8am available, 12.30pm 4hr kids harbour trip 6spots

Wed 13th - Fri 15th available

Sun 17th available

Mon 18th available

Tues 19th available

Wed 20th full day share 13 spots

Thurs 21st available

Fri 22nd available

Sat 23rd at 7.00am 6hr 12 spots, at 1.30pm 4hr harbour 13 spots

Sunday 24th 7.00am 6hr 14 spots

25th to 29th available

Sunday 31st 7.00am full day share 9 spots





We are running our annual fishing competition 10, 11, 12 June 2016.

Prize value - $10,000. Shore and boat sections. Area - Kapiti to Wgtgn to Castlepoint. for more info click on link below



Our 62ft Charter vessel - The Daniel

THE 62FT DANIEL is a big 100 tonne ex commercial fishing boat, set up for charter fishing running from Seaview Marina, Lower Hutt. There are 6 bunks, a full kitchen with oven and microwave, power points, a gas BBQ, shower and toilet. She is comfortable with 12-15 people on board but we are more than happy with larger groups.

I have been running her for 10 years now and she is a sturdy, comfortable vessel which cruises at 8-10 knots. She is surveyed for 18 people to the Sounds, 25 for day trips from Wellington or Picton and 50 inside Wellington harbour.

We fish up to 15 people a time in the deepwater, up to 18 inshore and up to 25 in the harbour at anchor.

We cater for individuals and groups. We can normally find extra people to make up the numbers for 'share cost trips'.

You need no prior fishing experience and just need to bring yourselves. We recommend you bring warm clothing and sturdy shoes, sunhat and sunglasses and a camera. There is plenty of space on board so you can pretty much bring whatever you want.

Your most welcome to bring your own fishing gear but we have good gear on board available for hire including electric reels for the deepwater fishing.

Our aim is to help you catch the big one and have a great day out on the water.




Shop opening hours

Seaview - Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm. Saturday/Sunday 8am to 3.30pm.

Rongotai opens at 7.30am Sunday to Wednesday and Seaview opens 7am on good weather weekends and public holidays



Seaview - Unit 11, 100 Port Rd Seaview, Lower Hutt. Ph 04 5894326

Rongotai - 15 Kingsford Smith St, Rongotai, Wellington. Ph 04 3878150

Postal - P O Box 14099 Wgtn

Pete's mobile - 0274439750



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This is what we like to see - everyone hooked up onto big fish at the trench!




After a quiet week on the kingis and teris things are back happening again with good fishing at homes and turakrrei (90/100mtr). We have hooked about 20 kingis in the last two trips, alot of them monsters which have reefed us. We definately have a better success rate hooking the kingis down current of the reef. hooked them up current certainly results in more bustoffs

Theres finally been a huge influx of kahawai into the harbour recently which is great for surfcasters and calm water boaties. There are huge schools around seaview and eastborne this week.
snapper have started to increase in the harbour too. ive heard of a couple of 10kg snaps caught around ward island as well as good gurnard and elephants.

Deepwater fishing at the trench is on the improve. Weve had a couple of nice bluenose on the other side of the trench with quite a few hoki and ling as well. Iver heard of a good catch of bass and another good bag of puka in the last week or so. 
Fishermans rock out west was on fire with good size puka the other day (20-50lb). Makara and Ohau have been producing smaller puka (up to 20lbs)
Blue cod have been abundant for us at Karori (50mtr), baring (60-70mtr) and Terakerie (30-40mtr)

Out west the snapper have been in excellent condition with good catches reported from pukerua bay, mana bridge and boom. tarakihi, trevs and gurnard are around too in good numbers

Surfcasters have caught snapper at Ocean beach, Paikak and Tehoro with a few moki if you put in the time. There was a nice moki caught off Point Howard wharf this morning. The usual spotty sharks have been caught in Palliser bay, White rock and also round from Eastborne gate.  


wgtns first broadbill swordfish capture was taken on 130lb tackle on 5.4.15 out from palliser bay by jono delich, al chambers, ranch govind and junior krehl on jonos boat seafarer two. it was combined effort on the rod. the fish took 45minites to subdue and was estimated at 140kgs.

kingfish on the southcoast have been nothing short of spectacular recently. ibe never seen so many big kings out there. we had about 7 epic trips hooking, loosing and catching fish up to 50lbs and beyond. most fish were caught on live macks but they were also taking jigs, squid baits and whole tarakihi.
the 80-100 mtr reefs from 5 mile east to turakerei have been most productive.

also the blue cod and teris in the same area have been abundant and often 1-2kg with the odd 3kg fish.
further inshore the 30-40mtr reefs have also been excellent for smaller fish. we have also caught a few snapper 2-3kg in amongst the teris recently.

big trevs have been caught on the back of the marine reserve with good kahawai and gurnard at the harbour entrance

harbour fishing has been a little less consistent but tarakihi off pt gordan and mahanga in 20mtrs along with eles amd gurnard around ward and the leading lights.
kingis and snaps have been caught around sunshine bay, eastborne and pt halswell over the last two weeks.
harbour fishing is generally at its best from april into the winter.

deepwater fishing has been tough with the odd good catch of puka and bluenose when the conditions have been right.

also albacore have made a little comeback off kapiti and palliser.

snapper and kingis out west have still been awesome when fishable.

surfcasters have been quiet but they may have been keeping a low profile. moki, eles and. snaps are still getting caught at the spit and.ocean beach


The water temp shot up this week to 18/19 on the south and 20 plus on the west although the recent southerley may have knocked it back again. Snapper fishing out west has been great up and down the coast. The harbours been producing quite a few not quite to the same level as the west and out south  Palliser bay has been consistent for snapper from the shore and in the boat.
For some reason the albacore have been hard to catch this season out west. Kingis in part have made up for that with consistent catches in most areas.

Elephants and gurnard have been caught by surfcasters in palliser bay and for boaties around Ward island lately. In the harbour its been one of the better gurnard seasons. Pt Jenningham, Kaiwhara, Aotea Wharf have been pretty good for us. 

Deepwater fishing has been patchy. Good days have been excellent but there have been tough days as well when the fish are hard to catch. Maybe the earthquakes have effected it. Who knows.

We have had good catches of bass, bluenose , hoki and puka but there are days where the fish just dont seem interested.

Thank god for bluecod and tarakihi fishing which has been good at most areas around Wellington.
For surfcasters things have been pretty possitive. Blue moki have been hard to catch but snapper have been a regular catch at places like the spit, kau bay, eastbourne, evans bay, kaiwhara, pukerua bay, paikak, titahi bay and tehoro. One surfcaster I know has caught over 50 snapper in the harbour this summer.
The best fishing could well be in front if us with March/April often being the best time in wgtn.


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Charter Details


Most of our day trips travel to Nicolson's Trench targeting bass, bluenose and hapuku (groper) although the Kingi and big tarakihi fishing lately has been really good as well. 

We look after you from start to finish and take you to the best fishing spots for the prevailing weather. Apart from the deepwater species there are good numbers of tarakihi, bluecod and gurnard around in the shallower water. Other species caught include snapper, kingfish, trevally, elephantfish, moki, trumpeter, warehou, tuna and sharks. This season we have been catching alot of big kingis. They are a very strong fighting fish and often take anglers to their physical limits. 

Day trips normally start at 7am and return around 4pm. When weather permits we fish the deep otherwise we stay closer to shore if its too windy. We let you know the day before and on the day what the conditions are likely to be so you can decide if you want to do that kind of fishing or not.

On 6hr trips we normally fish the inshore south coast or the 80-100 mark.  Half day trips start at 7am or 1pm. We can go deepwater fishing on a half day but half the trip is taken up steaming out and back.


THE MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS - An all weather boating and fishing paradise. This is our favourite trip.

We fish our way over the Cook Strait targeting hapuku (groper), bluecod, tarakihi and gurnard before dredging scallops and sometimes diving for crays (weather permitting).

Our evening meal can be a seafood banquet comprising of scallops, crayfish and fresh fish. For the non seafood eaters a big juicy steak with fresh salad and potatoes normally stokes the boiler up after a big day out on the water.

You will enjoy an evening at a remote lodge in Endeavour Inlet with good music, a crackling fire with a few drinks and yarns. Accommodation is at the lodge or on the boat. The next day we fish our way back to Wellington.

For extended trips we can venture into Pelorus Sound or up to D'Urville and Stephens Islands.


FISH FILLETING is all part of the service. We process and bag the catch so everyone gets a fare share


KIDS TRIPS - We run these most school holidays and other times by arrangement.

Fishing is generally done inside the harbour. The kids have an awesome time!

We try and fish places with plenty of action to keep the kids busy and reasonably calm so there is minimal chance of sickness.

We do special rates for school groups and can pickups from Wellington central and the Hutt.


HARBOUR TRIPS - These trips have become really popular over the last few years.

One reason is that we hardly ever have to cancel them. There is always a calm spot to fish in the harbour, plus there are usually plenty of fish around.

These are the common fish we catch - kahawai, redcod, tarakihi, bluecod, trevally, gurnard and elephantfish. Snapper, kingfish are better in the summer months and other species will turn up from time to time to keep things interesting.

You can BYO your own food and refreshments or we can provide them. The harbour is perfect for xmas, stag or hens parties, birthdays, client entertainment, social clubs and kids trips.


GIFT VOUCHERS - We sell gift vouchers which the recipient can redeem at their own convenience. These can be done over the phone, email or online, at one our our shops.

We also supply complimentary vouchers for school and charity groups wanting to fund-raise.


WE PROVIDE - Bait & berley, tea & coffee, tap water, toast, fruit, a BBQ and kitchen facility, filleting & bags and a burger or sossage or two depending on how long we are out for.

You can bring your own tackle and lunch or we can provide it for an extra charge.


PRICES - tackle hire and meals are extra

To hire the boat exclusively - $2500/day Sounds trip, $2000 per day ex Wgtn, $1500 per half day, $1200 3 - 4 hour trip.

For individuals (share cost) -  $150 (day), $120pp (half day), $100 (3-4 hour), $50 (kids trips). Share cost trips are subject to appropriate weather and getting at least 10 people (15 for kids trips)


MEALS - Breakfasts (Bacon, eggs and toast) for $10pp or with tomatoes, mushrooms and hash browns for $15pp. Morning or afternoon tea for $7.50pp. BBQ lunches (steak, sossies, chops, salad and coleslaw) at $20pp. Roast lunch or dinner at $25pp.


FISHING TACKLE - We supply all your fishing gear for $40pp day, $30pp half day, $20pp 3-4hr trip and $10pp for 3hr kids trips. We have two electric reels on board for $60pp. If you loose a hired rod/reel over the side you may be liable for replacement costs. If you are bringing your own tackle we suggest the following

For inshore fishing 10 - 16oz sinkers, 2/O to 6/O re curve hooks, 50 - 80lb trace and 30 - 50lb braid.

For deepwater fishing 30oz sinkers, 10/O - 16/O circle hooks, 150 - 300lb trace, 80lb braid. For an added advantage bring flasher rigs, long & slow jigs, soft baits, tuna/kingi trolling lures, lumo tubing and squid, flashing lights and cyloom sticks.


SEAVIEW MARINA is located by going along the Petone Esplanade (eastward) heading towards Eastbourne (right around the round about). Just as you come to the sea turn right into Port Rd and take the 2nd left opposite Peter Baker Transport (GATE 2). We are the 5th boat in on E pier.


Kingfish like the one above have been a regular site on 6hr and day trips this year


CONFIRMATION OF WEATHER and departure details are done by phone the previous day.

We need an after hours contact phone number of the organizer.


TRIPS are always subject to getting the appropriate weather conditions for the fishing you want to do and a minimum of 10 people for a ‘share cost’ charter.


PAYMENTS are due on the day of departure - cash, cheque, credit card, eftpos at shop, direct credit. We can supply invoices in advance or on the day.

A 35% deposit is required to confirm booking (refundable if weather bad).

For deposits our Bank Acc # is Westpac 03 0510 0786779 000 Pete Lamb Fishing Ltd.

You can phone your credit card details to 04 5894326, 04 3878150 or 0274 439750 or use the shop at Seaview or Rongotai for eftpos, cash and credit card payments.

With prepaid vouchers there is a 24hr non-cancellation period.