Screaming Reels - Bay of Islands

Screaming Reels - Bay of Islands

Screaming Reels - Bay of Islands

Outstanding comfort and best sea keeping boat designed for any kind of fishing. Our Skippers takes you out to the best areas for marlin, tuna, mahi-mahi, hapuka, kingfish or snapper.

Screaming Reels - Bay of Islands
Screaming Reels - Bay of Islands
Screaming Reels - Bay of Islands


When going out on the ’Screaming Reels’ you will experience a warm and comfortable fishing boat combining the extreme fishing ability with great comfort. This 40ft Black Watch offers unique fishing experiences to enjoy in the Bay of Islands and its great fishing surroundings. We offer half or full day trips or multiple days with sleepover on the boat. We can highly recommended to be out with the fish over night, with all epic fishing options that opens up for. We love unlimited fishing!

The game

Summer time offers the exciting fishing for marlin, tuna, mahi-mahi and broadbill. A big game fishing day is 10 hours starting with warm scones when steaming out for an epic day trolling! Our recommended sleepovers provide the options to fish late evening and early mornings for broadbill and more depending on what fish you are targeting!

Screaming Reels and our tournament winning crew is available for tournaments in the Bay of Islands.

The boat

We cruise comfortably at around 19-20 knots, courtesy of twin 460HP de-rated Cummins diesels. With the range of 400 miles we have the ability to head out wide and find the dream fish! On board you will find first class equipment to target any fish the ocean has to offer. Full electronics, nav station and latest fish finding equipment. With her large live bait tanks, fish hold, bait station, freezer, fish door, total flush deck and a game chair mid pit she is ready for the play. The high quality fishing equipment including electric reels for the deep sea hapuku fishing, makes the experience even more enjoyable!

She has an awesome interior with and excellent seating arrangement both upstairs and down. She has spacious bathroom facilities, separate shower, hot water, and beds that accommodate 4 passengers in comfort. One of the best places to travel though, is on the
shaded fly-bridge where there is comfortable seating and an ideal spot to watch
over the lures or just enjoy the scenery. 

The fully equipped kitchen is found one step below the salon. Electrical stove, oven and microwave, just like home.

The tradition

This boat is designed for game and deep sea fishing, meaning it is extremely good in the sea, calm or rough! Charter boat skippers, experienced game fisherman and marine journalists from all over the world agree that as a fishing/convertible/entertainer the Black Watch 40 is unsurpassed.  And that she is the “Ultimate off-shore vessel”

The first Black Watch was conceived in the fertile mind of Raymond C Hunt. Undoubtedly the worlds most famous naval architect.  Raymond C Hunt was a pioneer and innovator who produced a hull design that remains unchallenged today.  During mid 1990 the popular Black Watch 34 was released and became Australia’s premier game boat, the ideal choice for the professional and recreational skipper. Black Watch Boats quickly became synonymous for quality, performance and superb handling of their range of brand. Shortly after 1997, the first of the then new Black Watch 40 models were produced. Sharing a similar hull shape then that of its predecessor, the BW26 and BW30; the Black Watch 40 out performed and out classed its major competitors

For many years now, the Black Watch 40 has been acclaimed as the premier game boat of it’s size. A near perfect blend of sea keeping ability, creature comforts and fish ability.


Hamish Faire - skipper

  • Fishing has been Hamish's passion all his life. He got his ILM a few days after he turned 18!
  • Has been charter fishing since 1990.
  • Has caught world and New Zealand records for his clients.
  • Has won numerous fishing tournaments. Too many to mention.
  • Has won from the Bay of Islands Swordfish Club: Champion skipper of tagged and released game fish, Boat most game fish, Boat heaviest game fish, Heaviest marlin and a few others on many occations.
  • Hamish has a special eye for details and quality when it comes to fishing. He carefully selects the equipment to be used.  Hamish has equipped a number of successful game boats.
  • During a period when he was not skippering full time, he was manger at one of New Zealands biggest fishing tackle stores.

Tisha MacInnes - deckhand

Tenakoutou katoa, ko Tisha MacInnes toku ingoa, no Kororareka ahau.

Hello all, my name is Tisha MacInnes and I live in Kororāreka.  I am from Russell and am introducing myself as Deckhand for Spot X and Screaming Reels. 

As a local in Russell I have spent many years both recreationally and professionally in the Bay of Islands. 

My professional experience includes deckhand,  host and cook on commercial vessels in previous years and I now combine both my love of angling and my pleasure of sharing the unique marine experience of the Bay of Islands in my position aboard Screaming Reels. 

I welcome and invite you all to join us aboard Screaming Reels where you can experience the hospitality and angling adventures that are my privelidge to share with you. 





Game Gear

  • Four new 80lb PENN VISW reels sits on 80lb Kilwell chair rods
  • Two new 50lb PENN VISW reels on 50lb kilwell chair rods
  • Two new 30lb PENN VISW reels on two 15kg CD Titan stand up rods

Speed Jigging Sets with the ”best reel ever made in this class” 

  • ‍When we speed jig we provide two different sets for the hard working; one overhead and one spinning. Both are Fin-Nor Lethal sets. The overhead set has the narrow spool Fin-Nor Lethal 16C reel, spooled with 80lb X8 J-Braid. The rod to this reel is the Fin-Nor Lethal LTC56-325, 24-37Kg, rod which handles Jigs up to 350g. This set is a dream to catch a big kingfish on with its power and its smooth and strong drag.
  • ‍The spin set is also a Fin-Nor Lethal set. The reel is the Lethal 100, which in a review made by Allan Hawk was noted to be the ”best reel ever made in this class”. Spooled with 80lb X8 J-Braid it gives enough strength and drag to take on any kingfish that swims in our waters. The Lethal S56-325 rod will neither let the angler down with its 24-37kg line weight and 350g jig weight specification.

Slow Jig and Softbait Sets

  • ‍Two types of sets are available onboard for slow jigging with lures such as kabura sliders, micro jigs and softbaits. Both sets are high-end Daiwa sets on the Bluebacker rods.
  • ‍The Spin version onboard has the Daiwa BG16 3000 reel spooled with 30lb X8 J-braid giving the angler phenomenal contact with the lure and plenty of cranking power when needed. The light weight and the smooth gear and drag on this set keeps the angler fishing without fatigue. The rod is the Daiw Bluebacker LJ662MHS which is a PE1-3 rod handling jig weights up to 180g. Plenty of power in this rod to land anything that comes its way.
  • ‍The overhead version is composed by the amazing Daiwa Lexa 300HD reel and a Daiwa Bluebacker 602MHB rod. Spooled with 30lb X8-J braid and the direct drive on the overhead reel, together with the rod performance, provides for a un-matched sensitivity and balanced light gear fishing. This is the sets preferred by the pros and is a pure joy to fish with for the experienced angler.

Straylining Sets catching the 30 ponder snappers

  • ‍Straylining is popular and effective when we target big snappers and for this type of fishing we use the Fin-Nor BT80 Baitteaser reel on a Fin-Nor Offshore 7’ 8-15Kg rod. This set is popular and used on almost all charters. Spooled with 10Kg Platypus IGFA low-stretch mono line gives the angler good control over the hook up and through out the entire fight with the fish.

Ledger Rig Gear

  • ‍For vertical fishing with ledger rigs Spot-X have two different sets. The Okuma 300L Classic reel on a 6-10kg Okuma UFR rod. This set is popular for snapper fishing and gives the angler a good user experience due to the light weight and sensitive tip on the rod. The reel is spooled with 10kg Platypus IGFA mono line. The second set onboard is a heavier 10-15kg PENN set with the PENN 500L Reel and the PENN Jigmaster rod. This set is preferred when engaging with the bigger snapper and even kingfish. We spool this with 15kg Platypus IGFA mono line.

Live Bait Gear

  • For Kingfishing when we do live baiting we use 15+ Kg rods and all reels are spooled with 50lb X8 J-Braid line. The reels we use are the Daiwa Sealine SL50SH reels. Low gearbox, fairly high speed gear ratio gives good balance in the gear when fighting a big kingie.

SpotX are undeniably the best Fishing Charter I have ever been on!

Tisha and Hamish was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, very well organized and very passionate about getting the team onto some big fish. The boat and gear was excellent. Highly recommended!

Fantastic day out kingy fishing!

Fantastic service by Hamish and Tisha. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. ☆☆☆☆☆

Absolutely awesome, great fun, a lot of laughs/smiles!

And everyone got really good fish. Skipper Hamish and deckhand Tisha were very professional and new exactly what they were doing. I wanted to catch a good kingfish and exactly that happend!

Snapper fishing with Captain Hamish!

We had our 4 young kids with us and they had the best time ever. Crew were so good with them. We all had the best time ever!

Amazing day out!

The skipper and deck hand were very attentive and knew their stuff. Very comfortable boat! Definitely recommend this charter and look forward to the next time I can go

Best morning session for years!

Been fishing for 60 years in south Australia and to be put onto snapper and other species and catch a heap was exhilarating. Would recommend this trip to any keen fisherperson!!!!! D.R Sep17

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