The great Wellington summer is here!

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
Fishing Report - 8.1.21
I can’t believe how good the fishing is in Wellington at the moment. Palliser Bay is on fire and surfcasters and boaties alike are cashing in on some spectacular fishing. When the water is clean it’s dynamite for gurnard, kahawai, snapper and in particular some epic blue moki fishing. The moki action is like I’ve never seen it before. For no apparent reason there just seems to be a big population increase and they are hanging in there. It’s just crazy, and it’s no secret with proverbial picket fences of anglers vying for space on some occasions to get into the fish.
We have novice anglers bagging several decent moki in a single session from the shore, normally you just don’t see that, but long may it continue.
Bait stores are running dry, and we are flat out ourselves delivering bait and berley.
The weather has stopped us, and most of the other boaties, from getting out there on occasion as per usual.
The northerly flows seem to have kicked off some more great snapper action, that had previously gone a bit quiet with the southerlies dominating. Now these fish appear to be back with a vengeance close in, all up and down the coast by land or by boat.
The albacore tuna are now running strong and have been in easy reach out behind Mana. We had a customer that caught ten fish last week out behind the island. It’s the usual story if you are targeting these fish. Look for any bird activity, breaking surface water or temp/current lines etc and get your small tuna lures through them at around 6 – 7 knots.
Albies are a great eating fish if you get them bled and on the ice.
Puka fishing is pretty good too, and we got a great haul on our last trip off Makara coast
Kingies sheltering up in the lee of Mana from the northerlies. Hunters and Boom both going well for kings when you can make the most of the limited windows of opportunity the weather allows. Morning missions have been the best option before the wind gets up too much.
From the shore the kingfish action has been really hot, with slide baiters in Oriental Bay catching fish in good numbers and up to 20kgs!
South coast is just so good recently, and we’ve had some very happy clients getting great results from shore. We are running land-based charter trips if you want to learn how to surf cast, or just improve your knowledge, or maybe just prefer not to be on a boat. Ask about prices and schedules at our Rongotai shop and we will gladly talk through the options, there’s been no better time to get into it.




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 (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. Cost - $1800 for 47ft Elusive. Tackle hire is $30pp. 

9hr full day trips are a mixture of deepwater fishing (hapuku) and inshore fishing. $210pp or $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.  

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

21 Jan - Thursday - 5pm 4hr trip - Book! - Enquire
22 Jan - Friday - 4 or 6hr trip 8am and 12.30pm - Book! - Enquire
23 Jan - saturday - 8am 4hr trip - Book! - Enquire
23 Jan - 1pm 6hr trip - Book! - Enquire
25 Jan - Monday - wgtn aniversary. Full day trip - Book! - Enquire
27 Jan - wednesday 8am 4hr trip - Book! - Enquire
3 Feb - wednesday - 4, 6 or 9hr trip - Book! - Enquire
6 Feb - saturday - available for 4, 6 or 9hr trip - Book! - Enquire
10 Feb - wednesday - 9am 6hr trip - Book! - Enquire
13 Feb - saturday 13th - 8am 4hr trip - Book! - Enquire
20 Feb - saturday - available for 4, 6 or 9hr trip - Book! - Enquire
27 Feb - saturday - available for 4, 6 or 9hr 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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