bay of islands charters

bay of islands DAILY FISHING TRIPS!

Snapper, Kingfish, Hapuka, Marlin, Tuna, Swordfish...
Pick the right one for you!

Looking forward to seeing you on board, soon!

Snapper Charters

Half day fishing trips. Morning, afternoon or evening! Catch Snapper and more. We fillet the fish to bring to a restaurant in the bay.
On any private charter you can do fishing, cruising or both - your choice!


Kingfish Charters

Challenge your self! 6, 7 or 8 hours thrilling adventures either on Wairere or Screaming Reels!
Play, Keep or Release, tags provided.
From $270pp.
On any private charter you can do fishing, cruising or both - your choice!



Get out on the big blue for hapuka or broadbill during the winter/spring season. Or go big game for marlin, tuna and mahi mahi in summer and fall.
Best Crew, Full Service, Magic Experience!



A unique Historical Tour out on the water in collaboration with Russell Museum and Kororareka Marae. 100% comfort and knowledge!


the bay of islands - a stunning Location and fabulous fishing!

The Bay of Islands have it all!!! This Subtropical micro-region, or "Winterless Northland" as some say, is amazingly beautiful, has full range fabulous fishing and is the historical birthplace for the Nation. Do not miss out on this spot!
The Bay is a large, deep, natural and sheltered harbor behind its 144 islands. James Cook was about to miss it! All the reefs and structures makes it a paradise even for the marine wild life! that is still healthy! Huge variety of species from Marlin, Tuna, Hapuka out Deep to the Kingfish, Snapper, Trevally, John Dory, Terakihi, Gurnard, Granddaddy hapuka and more just 20-30 minutes out.

Let us share our passion with you!
We are happy to tag and release!
We pick up from Russell wharf, Paihia wharf and Waitangi wharf!

the boats in the bay of islands

Our boats are designed for fishing - extreamly steady and robust boats with all the comfort and facilities you need.
Equipped from the fish tackle shop '
Screaming Reels' with high quality gear and the latest in fishing.
Our Skippers guide you to the spots and You will get something very special to remember!

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. 




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.

Jennifer Mayes - skipper

  • Jenn has been boating ever since she left England after finishing school. As a dive master she has not only been on the water but in the water as dive instructor and photographer world wide.
  • Since she has spent the last years professionally in the Bay of Islands, mostly on tour the boats, she knowns the bay as her own pocket. She will take you to some of the great spots putting you on the fish. Jenn will assist you and it does not matter if you are a beginner or experienced. She has a genuine desire to see you catch some decent fish!
  • When stepping on board on Wairere, Jenn will share the best fishing and a unique experience in the Bay of Islands with you! Enjoy!

Wairere - Bay of Islands

Extremely efficient Bay fishing boat going for Snapper and Kingfish. 'Wairere' means 'Waterfall' and she takes the sea so great so that you will not get sprayed.

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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.

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