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
21 January 2021

It was firing all over the place last week. There’s plenty of bluenose action out at the trench. Gemfish and hapuka are also being caught out at the south coast and out towards the trench; however, they’re a bit quieter out west. North of Mana is also proving to be quite productive. There’s plenty of tarakihi around in your usual places, that being the 80-100m zone on both coasts. The snapper fishing has been generally quite good as well; however, it’s a bit patchy around Mana and south of Mana. Around Kapiti and north of Kapiti has been pretty consistent for the snaps. After this northerly goes, everything should change for the better. So just wait for the swell and winds to die down and we should be in for some good fishing.

Albacore have bern around but a bit hit and miss. This eill probably change after the next belt of sting northwesters finishes up.

Surfcasting wise, it’s been red hot on the south coast. It’s probably some of the best surfcasting that I’ve seen for a long, long time, particularly for blue moki and snapper, but also for blue cod and tarakihi. Lots of kingfish are being caught in the harbour at the moment on both livebaits and topwater – there’s at least one being caught a day. It’s been exceptionally good shore fishing also for snapper and moki around the coast. For example, a 7.5kg moki was caught off the shore recently, as well as a 10kg snapper. It’s not uncommon for people to catch 3-6 moki in a session from the shore at the moment. I’ve never seen moki fishing like this, which I think can be put down to a great spawning season and/or the netting ban on the south coast.

The inshore fishing on the south coast is delivering for all the usual species at the moment – blue cod, gurnard, tarakihi, moki and kingfish. Again, the 80-100m mark is proving to be fruitful




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

3 Jul - saturday - 8am 4hr trip ex mana $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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