I operate Pete Lamb Fishing Charters, and run a bait and tackle shop 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 on the south and 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
Latest fishing report - May 25th 2020
(above) John Crawford with a superb 31kg kingfish caught on the south end of Mana recently
I’ll tell you what! The snapper fishing here in Wellington is as good as I have ever seen it anytime, including the height of summer. They are everywhere. The surfcasters are getting them, the boaties are getting them off every coast, it’s a really exciting prospect for the fishery to see this popular fish in such decent numbers here. It’s incredible, no matter where we fish we are getting juvenile snapper, good pannies, and more than the occasional big banger. A keen local surfcaster got his limit from the shore over the weekend, fishing the beaches from Paekakariki north, with fish up to 8.5 kilograms. Night fishing is proving very successful, with at least two fish over the magic twenty-pound mark caught last week that we know of.
Out on the boat we have been exploring new spots in behind Mana Island with great results, by getting in close, as shallow as 20 metres sometimes, it’s surprising what good fish are in there when the conditions are favourable with not too much tide.
Even though all the common reefs and popular areas are fishing well, it just goes to show that sometimes it pays to try something new and take the gamble that a bit of patience will pay off.
The kingies are still around too, and land based anglers are commonly landing them on everything from lures, cut baits and livies.
The usual reefs are producing nice kings for the boaties as well including the the 31kg beast caught by John Crawford on the south end of Mana. The usual spots such as Hunter's and Fisherman's are also producing good results.
For the more adventurous, Kev from KP Marine landed a 60kg southern bluefin tuna out wide from Cape Palliser. If you are keen on a bit of that action, you could launch at Ngawi. Feel free to come in and have a chat if you want to know a bit more about fishing out that way. Kev reckons there are more out there and is heading out again for another go this weekend.
One thing we have found a bit harder is the puka fishing. Despite everything else going well we’ve had a lot of feedback that chasing bluenose and puka out at the trench has not been great. I’m sure they are there but it might take a bit more prospecting to find them.
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 $1200 for the smaller boat (40ft destiny) or $1400 (47ft Elusive). 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. $160pp or $1600 for the smaller boat (40ft Destiny) and $1800 for 47ft Elusive. Tackle hire is $30pp.
9hr full day trips are a mixture of deepwater fishing (hapuku) and inshore fishing. $210pp or $2100 for the smaller boat (40ft Destiny) and $2300 for 47ft Elusive. Tackle hire is $40pp.
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.
Boatfishing tuition (on your boat) - 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)