Fishing Charters in Wellington (boat & shore), bait & tackle sales (retail and wholesale), fishing tuition (boat & shore)

RETAIL SALES POSITION available (part time) at my fishing tackle shop in Rontogai with a possibility of some fishbait processing, wholesale bait deliveries and Deckhand work on fishing charters. Its mainly weekend work with some midweek days. Send CV to [email protected] or phone 0274439750



Gurnard are going off all over the place currently, and providing a tasty feed for both boaties and surfcasters alike.

They’re easily accessible from within the harbour and the top spot is Greta Point.

If there is not too much swell running, and you can get yourself off the east coast and fish from White Rock, Castlepoint and Ocean Beach, there are some absolute monsters to be caught.  Big gurnard make for a really good feed and are awesome cooked just about any way you like.

Palliser Bay has been really hammered by big swells recently, good for the surfies but not so much for the fishing.  Luckily the swell has timed dropping out to coincide with the local surfcasting club having an open day at Ocean Beach this weekend.  If you want to know a bit more about surfcasting take a walk down the beach and talk to a few people about rigs and so on.

If you have the ability to get out to the Trench, which has been pretty character building lately, the bluenose fishing is going well.  Not massive sizes but really good consistent numbers.

Best spot appears to be just straight out from Wainui Beach as per the maps above, looking for sign when you hit the steep banks or structure.  If you have not already got the Navionics app, it’s well worth getting so you can really see the bottom contours and find your most likely looking ground.

Puka fishing has really tailed off, in particular off the rugged south coast. 

We are not sure why, as fishing pressure is nothing out of the normal, perhaps an effect of the earthquake movements or something of that nature, as the cod fishing which was always reliable has also gone from there.

This has been a bumper year for big snapper in Wellington, with a 28 pounder caught off Plimmerton Point recently.

It’s great to see more and more big fish about, and also good to see more being put back.

We have found the fishing around the west coast, Mana and either ends of the Bridge to be pretty good, and expect it to get a lot better as the weather and water temp warms up.  Fishing the contours, the foul, and the sand have all produced good fish.  Spots off north and nor-west Mana, and the reef structure off the south coast are always worth a try with some nice stray lines or even flasher rigs.

Terakihi and cod fishing is as good as always to be expected too.

Further out, Fisherman’s has gone dead quiet lately.  Nothing much happening there for a bit now so I’d be trying other places.

We gave Hunter’s Bank a good go last week and apart from a few terakihi got not much at all for the effort, where just two weeks previously there were kingies galore in the deeper 70 metre reef areas. 

The 78 metre rise between Hunter’s and Fisherman’s which is easy to find on nav charts is a spot that will often produce good fish, including the biggest scarpies you’ve ever seen, which may not sound very exciting but they make brilliant eating.  We have had Japanese customers specifically wanting to target this type of fish over all else for their eating quality.

If you can take a bit of time off late next week there looks to be a bit of a weather window coming at this stage.

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I'm primarily chartering on the west coast out from Mana Marina at present

There are three types of trips we commonly book.

Four hour trips targeting snapper, kingfish, trevally, gurnard, bluecod and tarakihi in sheltered water. $120pp or $1400 for the boat ($20pp tackle hire)

Six hour trips which can go a bit further and generally have more consistent fishing. We can also have a shot at some deepwater fishing if you want. $150pp or $1800 for the boat ($30pp tackle hire)

Nine hour full day trips are a mixture of deepwater fishing (hapuku) and inshore fishing. $190pp or $2300 for the boat ($40pp tackle hire)

We also travel to the Marlborough Sounds and Durville Island on overnight trips which start at $385pp. We can do a package deal with accomodation, meals and fishing gear if required or you can bring/organize your own.  


2hr tuition - Rongotai shop - knots, rigs, tackle, bait, spots, techniques - $50/hr

4hr trip - Area - local south coast (30 min drive). Target fish - blue moki, blue cod, kahawai, tarakihi, spotty shark. Cost - $100pp, tackle hire - $20pp

6 hour - Area - extended trip to south coast (30 - 75 minute drive). Target fish - blue moki, blue cod, kahawai, tarakihi, spotty shark. Cost - $150pp, tackle hire - $30pp

10hr trip
Area - extended trip to south coast or Wairarapa (60 - 100 minute drive). Target fish - blue moki, blue cod, kahawai, tarakihi, spotty shark, snapper. Cost - $190pp, tackle hire - $40pp

Overnight Trip
We normally fish both the evening and morning turn of light, if you are keen. Area - extended trip to south coast or Wairarapa (60 - 100 minute drive). Target fish - blue moki, blue cod, kahawai, tarakihi, spotty shark, snapper. Cost - $300pp includes accommodation, tackle hire - $50pp, food $50


What's included in a trip

What's included in a trip

We provide bait, expert help, tea, coffee, something on the bbq (share cost trips) and filleting of all fish caught.

Fishing gear and meals can be provided for an extra cost

4hr tackle hire $20pp, 6hr tackle hire $30pp, 9hr tackle hire $40pp

bbq lunch $20pp, cooked breakfast $15pp

Boat Charters / Seminars Coming Up

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

or email for details

Some of these dates are subject to change


Charters bookings are confirmed with deposits and email and are subject to numbers (share cost) and weather

21 Sep - saturday - full up today sorry - Enquire
22 Sep - sunday - 1pm 4hr trip - Book! - Enquire
22 Sep - 7am 6hr trip - Book! - Enquire
28 Sep - saturday - full day trip 7am from mana - Book! - Enquire
30 Sep - Monday 4hr sheltered water trip from mana. - Book! - Enquire
1 Oct - tuesday - booked 7am - 4pm
2 Oct - Wednesday 4hr trip sheltered water mana 8am or 12.30pm - Book! - Enquire
4 Oct - friday - booked 7am - 4pm
12 Oct - saturday - booked 7am - 4pm
2 Nov - saturday - 6hr 7am boat trip, ex Mana - Book! - Enquire
9 Nov - saturday - booked all day
10 Nov - sunday - booked all day
23 Nov - saturday - booked 2pm to 6pm

At the moment there are plenty of hapuku around in the deep, kingfish and snapper inshore (60-80mtrs) and most other species mixed in for good measure closer in. 

On a 6hr trip we can go south to Makara or north to Hunters bank and sometimes out wide for hapuku. Its generally an inshore fishing trip but we are happy to go deep if everyone on board is keen. 

Our 4hr trips are mainly around Mana island and Pukerua bay. There's good numbers of gurnard, trevally and kahawai with kingfish, snapper and warehou turning up sometimes in numbers

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