Fishing In Wellington

I operate Pete Lamb Fishing Charters, and run a bait and tackle business out of Wellington. I've fished the Wellington region for most of my life and know just about every place that holds fish in the region like the back of my hand. I'm a land based and surf casting specialist, but also run a boatfishing charter operation that targets the main coastal areas currently on the west coast. I've learned a hell of a lot over the years, and like all good fishermen am still learning every day. I'm most always happy to share information to help you get a better fishing experience if you rock up to my shop in Rongotai or contact me online [email protected] or or text/phone me on 0274 439750



Latest fishing report

Latest fishing report

30 July 2021

Fishing is great at the moment. Particularly for snapper, that is pretty weird as we normally expect them to just be gone at this time of the year. Not so at the moment, there are snapper being caught just about anywhere around Wellington, and in the harbour there’s a huge proliferation of juvenile fish. Give these guys a couple of years and if all goes well there should be some awesome fishing in the harbour. Point Gordon is the place to be currently, the deeper hole off there that drops off around 25 metres seems to congregate them, along with a few decent sized blue cod.

There’s also still plenty of kingfish around, and a good customer of ours managed a nice 30 pounder off the shore on a stick bait recently.  Can’t say where as he swore me to secrecy but rocky outcrops are where kingies cruise the weed lines so perhaps persevering with stick baits is worth your while.  Big fish off the rocks are always more fun than from a boat and a good kingy on a stick bait is epic action.

Out west, Hunters is still fishing well for trevs, snapper, kingies and terakihi.  There are also good warehau out there, but Fisherman's is the best place for targeting these fish if that’s what you are specifically after.  

The challenge with fishing here is the tide, as you want a bit moving but not roaring through, so catching it either side of a smaller tide is the best bet.

Verns reef (just north of Boom on the 70 metre mark) is producing some good sized tarakihi if that’s your target fish.

There’s a fair few big blue mackerel around that make awesome live kingfish baits or are great smoked or eaten as sashimi.

The puka are still running strong and we were out off Boom Rock fishing the mud in around 250 to 300 metres, where we got nothing initially, then our mate got six after we left, so they are out there.

South coast is good too.  The Trench is fishing well for puka, bass and bluenose.  Off Karori it’s been good with a few trumpeter turning up which is not that common.  You’ll pick these up as bycatch sometimes if you are targeting puka in the shallower 100 metre spots.  The rougher ground the better, which is why the Karori light area is pretty good.

There’s some excellent cod and terakihi fishing off the south coast now that it has cleaned up and the water is nice and clear.


17 June 2021

There were heaps of good kingis to around 29kgs and snapper to around 8kg caught out west on the weekend. 

Add to this a recent report of a few kingis caught out on the South Coast up around the 30kg size as well as good trevs and snapper down around Sinclair Head, there has been some good action enjoyed over the last week or so.

A nice 7.5kg snapper was caught at Paraparaumu beach by Stuart White last week. Interestingly it was caught at 10am in the morning on his first cast on a new rod.

From the boats out west, there has been a good variety out there species wise with things like frost fish, JDs, warehou, blue mackerel mixed in with solid trevally, tarakihi and bluecod fishing.

Snapper and kingis are still in exceptional numbers up and down the coast. Hunters Bank has been on fire with kingis, warehou, snapper and trevs all added to the mix.

Deeper out, some good blue nose and a few puka were caught at the Trench. The hapuku have still been a bit patchy out west and in the outer sounds, but  well worth a crack for a biggie at this time of the year.

Wellington harbour is still producing snapper off Point Gordan, Ward Island and Eastbourne for the boating fraternity, with some solid surfcasting action reported from at Flat Point recently. 

And across the board, plenty of big kahawai have been caught all over the place of late.

From the wairaprapa, surfzcsters have been gewtting among the moki and spotty sharks with the odd snapper cominf from at Whangamoana and the spit.

Boat  fishing has been as good as ever when conditions permit. A friend caught some nice bluenose at Tora last weekend, but like everywhere else at this time of the year, it is a matter of making the most of the weather windows to get out wide.




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 (share cost) or $1400 for the boat. Tackle hire is $20pp

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. cost $160pp (share cost) or1800 for the boatTackle hire is $30pp. 

8hr trips are a mixture of deepwater and inshore fishing. Cost $2300 for the boat. Tackle hire is $40pp. Share cost trips are $210pp 

We also travel to the Marlborough Sounds and Durville Island on overnight trips which start at $460pp. We can do a package deal with accomodation, meals and fishing gear if required or you can bring/organize your own.  

One on one tuition (on your boat or at my shop)knots, rigs, tackle, bait, spots, techniques - $50/hr


One on one tuition - (at the beach or at 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 - $130pp, 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 - $160pp, 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 - $40pp, food $35 (dinner and breakfast)

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 boat 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

I only list the dates that I already have a bit of interest for. If the date is not listed it is often available for bookings. 

Some of these dates are subject to change depending on weather and numbers of people booked

- You can confirm your charter booking with a 35% deposit.

- Once I receive the deposit I will confirm it with an email or text

- All charters are subject to appropriate weather conditions

- Share cost trips are subject to numbers of people booked and weather

31 Jul - saturday - 7am 6hr trip $190pp - Book! - Enquire
31 Jul - 4hr trip 1pm $140pp - ex mana - Book! - Enquire
5 Aug - thursday - 7am full day $250pp - Book! - Enquire
7 Aug - saturday - 7.30am 4hr trip $140pp - Book! - Enquire

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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