bay of islands charters

bay of islands DAILY FISHING TRIPS!

Come on board and catch fish on one of our amazing fishing charters. Target Snappers or Kingfish in the Bay or go out on the big deep blue for Marlin Tuna or Hapuku. Pick the right boat for you; Wairere goes for 6 or 7 hours Kingfish charters and 4 or 5 hours Snapper charters or Full Day mix. Screaming Reels goes for 7 hours Kingfish charters, Deep Sea and Big Game fishing charters on 10 hours day trips or sleepovers up to 5 days. Shared seats available on both boats as well as Private charters, where you can tailor your trip.
We on SpotX are passionate and ready to give you a unique experience of the supreme places in the Bay of Islands!
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Snapper Charters

Join us on a half day fishing trip, morning or afternoon! We take you to the best fishing spots in the Bay, fillet the fish nicely for you to bring home or to a reastaurant. #freshfishfordinner
From $125pp.

Kingfish Charters

Go on a Kingfish charter and you will have an amazing fishing experience chasing the big fighter. It is an early morning start to get the live bait when the sun rises!
6 or 7 hour adventures!
From $260pp.

Deep Sea and big Game 

Marlin, Tuna and Hapuku fishing tours on 'Screaming Reels'. Make day trip for 10 hours or make sleepover a night or two. Or go all the way to The Three Kings Islands! From $2200 for up to 4 guests.

Cruise the Bay

Cruise the bay options available if you would like to have a private guide in the Bay. Enjoy the marine wild life or just go for lunch and a swim out on the big blue.
From 2 hours.
From $600 for up to 8 guests.


The Bay of Islands is a subtropical micro-region known for its stunning beauty, history and great fishing. The Bay is a large, deep and natural harbour for all kinds of boats and contains 144 islands. Its marine wild life is healthy and amazing with dolphins, blue penguins, seals, orcas, sharks and fish! Since the 1930s this area is well renowned internationally for its big game fishing for Marlin and Tuna. And the fishing closer in the Bay is amazing! We have the Kingfish, Red and Golden Snappers, Trevally, John Dory, Terakihi, Gurnard, Grandaddy hapuka and much more. All devine eating! Enjoy your fresh fish for dinner!
We pick up from Russell wharf, Paihia wharf and Waitangi wharf!

the boats

The 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 you will have a true fishing experience!

Chris Dabb - Coromandel Amodeo Bay

  • Chris, brings his wealth of knowledge to the SpotX team! A true blue Coromandel fisherman, Chris has spent much of the last 25 years out on the Hauraki Gulf building on his skills and working commercially out on the water.
  • His enthusiasm for all types of fishing is unmistakable, combine that with years of experience working this unique and thriving fishing ground, and you’re in for an unforgettable fishing experience with a top kiwi guide.
  • Chris’s trips target Snapper and Kingfish from the surrounding islands out from Amodeo bay on the Western side of the Coromandel Peninsula up to Fletchers Bay and Channel Island.

Hamish Faire - Bay of Islands

  • Fishing has been Hamish's passion all his life.
  • 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.

Kelly Toon - Bay of Islands

  • Kelly has been skippering all sorts of vessels all over the world the last 20 years with his ILM, Inshore Launch Master, ticket.
  • Kelly stands for high quality experience when he takes you out to the fishing spots in the Bay of Islands.
  • With his experience and proven knowledge about fishing and the Bay, he will guide you out on the sea, regardless if you are a beginner or experienced.
  • He loves fishing and everything that has to do with water and water sports.
  • When stepping on board a charter with Kelly at the wheel, you will meet an easy going professional with a good sense of humor! Enjoy!

Wairere - Bay of Islands

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

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Screaming Reels - Bay of Islands

Outstanding comfort and best sea keeping boat designed for extreme fishing. She takes us to the best areas for Kingfish, Hapuka and Big Game fishing. Join us to the Three Kings Islands or day trips.

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