7.9.21 - we will be open at 10am on Wednesday the 8th sept and running charters as soon as the weather allows

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I will be running boat (ex Mana) and shore charters (south coast) in level 2. 

The Rongotai shop is full of stock if you need any supplies.

We will be supplying wholesale 'Southern Bait' products to gas stations, daries, supermarkets and other retail outlets during level 3 but do let me know if your local bait outlet has run out and I'll see if I can top it up.

Latest fishing report

Latest fishing report

Fishing Report 8.10.21

Getting a break from the wind is not so easy at this time of year, and true to form some decent time on the water has been pretty hard to come by of late. On the brief occasions we’ve managed to get out, fishing has been pleasantly successful, with terakihi, puka and kingies all playing ball out at the Hunter Bank.
We lost a couple of really good fish, but still managed to land a couple.

Out west of Hunter Bank there have been some really good snapper and kingis caught on slow jigs as deep as 120 metres, and there’s always the chance of puka or big teris here as well.

This seems to be a bit of a thing as Palliser Bay has been turning up good snapper out as deep as 100 metres also.

Snapper seem to be pretty abundant off Makara one day and gone the next - in a more traditional 60 – 80 metres.

Boom rock produced a nice kingi and snapper for us the other day but the couta were in plague proportions and spooked tarakihi.
Verns has been good for teris (70-80mtrs) on the turn of tide.

On the last trip we caught 6 snapper just south of the mana bridge as well as a heap of kahawai

The harbour has been a bit quieter and a few too many spiney dogs are around, but this may fire up a bit as we get warmer, and the water clears up a bit.  Still some good catches of gurnard to be had though.

Shore fishers have been enjoying excellent gurnard fishing inside Lambton Harbour. 
Evans bay has had a few snapper coming in at places like flat rock and Balena bay.

Kapiti is fishing pretty well for snapper at the north end, but we have reports it’s been not as good off the southern end. Spineys have been a problem closer to shore but when the water cleans up this should change.

Nicolsons trench fired up plenty of big bluenose on the last fishable day and consistent tarakihi and bluecod have been taken further inshore along with the odd snapper and kingfish.

Some good catches of whitebait have been taken at waikanae, Otaki, lake ferry and a few lesser known spots. 

It’s perfect time for surfcasters in Palliser bay for the run of blue moki, gurnard and potentially snapper. Best fishing is when the water is clean (less than a mtr southerly swell)

Places like long beach, karori stream beach, Fitzroy bay and Wainui are good (closer to wgtn) shore fishing spots at this time of the year as well - bluecod, moki, gurnard and tarakihi.

Good luck out there.

Regards, Pete

1 Sept 2021

Fishing is great at the moment. Particularly for gurnard in the harbour.

Snapper are still about as well that is pretty weird as we normally expect them to just be gone at this time of the year. 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.

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

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.




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

29 Oct - friday - available - Book! - Enquire
30 Oct - saturday available - Book! - Enquire
6 Nov - saturday 1.30pm 4hr trip - Book! - Enquire
9 Nov - tuesday - 12pm 6hr trip - Book! - Enquire
20 Nov - saturday - available - Book! - Enquire
4 Dec - saturday 1pm 4 or 6hr trip - Book! - Enquire
10 Dec - friday - 7am 4 or 6hr trip - Book! - Enquire
11 Dec - saturday - 4 or 6hr trip 1pm - 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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