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Date - 18-19 July 2020

Area - Wgtn - Kapiti - Wairarapa

Fishing Sections (longest)

boat - bluecod, tarakihi, snapper
Shore - kahawai, gurnard, bluemoki
Junior - scale fish (not couta)
Kids - herring & spotty

Tickets - boat $20pp, shore $15pp, juniors $10pp (to 15yrs), kids section $5pp (to 10yrs) 

75% of the entry fee will go back to each section winner in cash.

2nd / 3rd prizes made up from sponsors' products.

Sponsors - Berkley, Kilwell, Youvella, Victory Knives, NZ Fishing News, Shipwreck Trading, Wild Blue Tackle, Black Rocks Fishing Co, Bite Fishing, Catch Fishing, Halco Lures

Let's talk fishing.....

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 - June 14

Latest fishing report - June 14

Inshore fishing is pretty good on the whole at the moment, and better than this time last year for snapper. Plenty of terakihi, trevs, snapper, and kingfish still around the local inshore fishery including the harbour. In fact, just last week out on my little Mac off Point Gordon it was fairly easy to get a good boat load of terakihi, snapper and gurnard in just 20 metres. West coast and harbour has been the place to be, with the southerly swell roughing up the south coast a bit much.

Out west snapper are still prevalent in shallow around the structure, out off the sand and even out deep.  Brilliant season.  Use a good bit of berley when you find a decent spot and that should get them on the chew usually, although drifting with lures such as soft baits or kabura style jigs is also well worth a crack.

The full moon last week made it a little tougher, but that has passed now and there should be some great fishing coming up over the next week or so.

Right now it’s puka ‘season’ so to speak as they are in roe and in prime condition.

This does raise the argument that we should be leaving them a bit to spawn for the future, but in reality if we all manage our take and don’t get too greedy there will be plenty of fish for the long term.  A puka is a big unit and you don’t need more than one per person to make a bloody substantial feed, and have some left for the freezer.

Puka spots to explore are just north and just south of Fisherman’s.  Just take some time to look for the fish and when it fires it really fires.

Just out behind Mana Island can also be good if you can spot some little features in about 135 metres.  It doesn’t take much structure at all to hold fish, so spend a bit of time looking for the rewards and mark your spots for a quicker job next time.

Heading out wider you need to be looking in 200 -300 metres for your sign.

The Trench is starting to fish well for bluenose when you can get out, and a few guys that come into the shop are doing better pushing it a little bit deeper.  Electric reels and decent braid means there are a lot of good spots yet to be found out there in all that bottom detail.

Sunday looks like a pretty good day to get out there at this stage, or give us a bell in the shop if you’re keen to join us on a charter to see how we go about it first-hand.






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


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 - $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

14 Jul - 4hr boat trip - Book! - Enquire
15 Jul - wednesday - 12pm, 4hr trip, sheltered water - Book! - Enquire
16 Jul - thurdsay - 9am 6hr trip - Book! - Enquire
17 Jul - friday, 4, 6 or 9hr trip - Book! - Enquire
18 Jul - saturday - FISHING COMP - Shore / Boat, measure only, all welcome, wgtn wide - Enquire
18 Jul - 4, 6 or 9hr trip - Book! - Enquire
19 Jul - sundayu - FISHING COMP, Shore / Boat, Wgtn wide, all welcome, measure only - Enquire
23 Jul - thursday - 12pm 4hr trip - Book! - Enquire
9 Aug - sunday - 12.30pm 4hr trip - Book! - Enquire
23 Aug - sunday 12pm 4hr trip - 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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