Days Out Fishing Charters BOI NZ

Days Out Fishing Charters offers unique fishing experience in the rich Bay of Islands. These waters are crammed with fish off all shapes and colors, and you will be fishing with the Bay of Islands’ only big Snapper and Kingfish Specialist - Skipper Darren Knapping.

Whether you’re a pro angler or a bit less experienced, Capt. Darren will help you have a time to remember. His trips run year round and often get people the fish of their lifetime. Just have a look at all the fish and smiley people in the photos above - and you’ll understand what Days out is all about.

Skipper Darren is a local fisherman. He grew up fishing around these waters and has a deep understanding of the ocean and the rich life beneath the surface. Having served in the New Zealand Navy for a number of years, and working in commercial Tuna fishing, Darren eventually came to build one of the finest fishing machines in the area.

Days Out is a custom-built Extreme 885 37’ center console. She is powered by twin 200 HP Honda engines. The boat can take up to 7 people and it’s rigged with Garmin navigational electronics, features a private flush toilet, Tuna tubes, a big live well, and ice boxes. She has a cabin, walk around, plenty of room for fishing and enough shade for all people onboard. She is a stable boat fit to weather these waters.

You’ll face numerous fish species in the Bay of Islands. Darren is a specialist when it comes to Yellowtail Kingfish and Snapper. His private and shared trips will see you using a variety of techniques, using Okuma tackle and quality rods and lines. Darren will supply all the gear, tackle, and license. There will be some snacks and drinks on shared trips, whereas lunch can be served for an additional cost if requested beforehand.

Book your spot and come for a great day out on the water! Get your camera and a sunblock, then hop onboard.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Up to 12 Hr Trip (7 MAX)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Mar 31
    $1,589
    up to 7 persons
    This private trip is the ultimate fishing experience. The center console is big and has plenty of shade. Up to 7 anglers maximum can come on this trip. It’s great for team building, a group of mates who want to enjoy the day. The trip is an unforgettable fishing experience. You can release or keep all the fish. Capt. Darren will fillet the catch for you so you can enjoy it in one of the restaurants. All the gear is supplied.
  • Private trip
    8 Hr Trip—Summer Special (6 MAX)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Mar 31
    $1,390
    up to 7 persons
    This summer special is a private trip for a maximum of six anglers. You will have 8 hours to chase Kingfish, Snapper, or whatever you want to chase. Book now to avoid disappointment. Capt. Darren has the biggest center console in the Bay of Islands, with plenty of room and shade. He will supply all the gear, some snacks, and drinks. You should pack a sunblock.
  • Private trip
    Winter Private Charter (7 PAX)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Sep 30
    $1,192
    up to 7 persons
    Book a stunning winter package in the Bay of Islands Hapuka/Kingfish/Snapper Winter has some of the most stunning days out in the Bay. Please note that this trip is for a maximum of 7 guests.
  • Private trip
    7 Hr Trip—Kingfish (MAX 6) PRIVATE
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Mar 31
    $1,092
    up to 7 persons
    This private trip is a great chance to fish for the local delicacy - Yellowtail Kingfish. You can catch them year round and they can reach incredible weight. The trip is suitable for more experienced anglers. You will get the gear, snacks, and drinks. Bring your own if you like. You will have the boat to yourself and your party. Capt. Darren will help you get the fish. The boat is spacious and has plenty of shade.
  • Private trip
    Snapper Trip – Private/6 PAX (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Mar 31
    $795
    up to 7 persons
    This private trip is a great way to spend some quality time with your friends and family. Snapper bite well year round, and can grow super big, some even reach 15 kg. You can use the morning for some fine fishing, then eat your catch at a restaurant. There is plenty of shade, so even minors will enjoy it. The boat is spacious, and up to 6 anglers can come. Bring a hat and sunblock and come.
  • Private trip
    Snapper Trip – Private/6 PAX (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Mar 31
    $795
    up to 7 persons
    On this afternoon trip, you and your group will have this spacious boat to yourselves. Captain Darren will help you get your bags filled with tasty Snapper. You will get back by 7 pm, just in time to have a juicy dinner in one of the restaurants. Bring your hat and sunblock. All the gear is provided. The bite is solid year-round. Kids are welcome. Please note that this trip is for a maximum of 6 passengers.
  • Shared trip
    7 Hr Trip—Kingfish (MAX 6) SHARED
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $199
    per person
    3 persons minimum
    This shared trip is a must. Yellowtail Kingfish is the local beauty and you’ll want to get it. You leave out early for live bait, and then head to offshore reefs or go after a school of fish. The fishing is great year round. The fish can get up to 50 kg at times. You will have a stable boat to fight them. The trip is suitable for more experienced anglers. Capt. Darren will supply all the gear, as well as snacks and some drinks, but you're welcome to bring your own. Get a sunblock and come!
  • Shared trip
    Half Day Snapper (AM) SHARED
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $100
    per person
    3 persons minimum
    This shared trip will see you fishing for Snapper. What a great way to use the morning! November to February brings man Snapper close to spawning, weighing from 2 to 15 kg. You can catch them year round. Straylining proves to be the most effective method. This is a great trip for novice anglers. You can keep or release the fish. All the gear is supplied. Bring a sunblock and a smile. Capt. Darren will help make your trip memorable.
  • Shared trip
    Half Day—Snapper (PM) SHARED
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    $100
    per person
    3 persons minimum
    The afternoon can still bring plenty of Snapper. You can have a nicely cooked meal at one of the local restaurants. All the gear is supplied. You need only bring a sunblock. This shared trip is great for novice anglers also. Snapper are available year round, with the biggest one caught from November to March. Pack your lunch or snacks, and come along. You will be returning around 7 pm.
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About the Captain

Darren Knapping
Paihia, New Zealand
Angler's Choice
12 Fishing Reports
24 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since August 2017
Capt. Darren has fished around the world for years before coming back to the Bay of Islands. Growing up around these waters, Darren learned a great deal about the local fisheries in the ocean and the marine life. While serving in the New Zealand Navy for 5 and a half years, Darren traveled the world and then got his captain’s license. He later engaged in commercial Tuna fishing. Eventually, Capt. Darren has come back to his native fisheries and now runs charter fishing trips. He has accommodated many repeat customers. His vessel is one of the finest in the area. Capt. Darren will work to put you on fish and make your trip an enjoyable adventure.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bluenose Warehou
Cod (Blue)
Flounder
Gurnard

Hapuka
John Dory
King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Marlin (Striped)

Pink Maomao
Snapper (Pink)
Tarakihi
Yellowtail Amberjack

Boat Specs

Extreme 885 (Center console) originally built in 2014. Powered by 2 200HP Honda engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 27 knots.

Length
37 ft
Capacity
7 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 14 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.94
out of 5 stars from 24 reviews
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
90%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
95%
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Andrew P.
Auckland, AUK
 5.00
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Half day snapper trip with Capt. Darren Knapping

VERIFIED   NEW  December 28, 2019
Excellent morning fishing- couldn’t ask for more. While most of the other charter boats were fumbling around with the wrong...
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Queenie S.
Auckland, AUK
 5.00
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Awesome fishing trip with great crews!

VERIFIED   March 11, 2019
Our family went to afternoon snapper fishing trip with Darren on 12/3/19. He took us to few different spots where we...
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Mathew T.
Brisbane, QLD
 5.00
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7hr trip 6am start. Skip Darren

VERIFIED   December 19, 2019
Great day out with skip Darren. Got a load of Snapper however the Kingis decided not to play ball, all in all a great day with...
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Jade W.
Auckland, AUK
 5.00
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Half day snapper fishing

VERIFIED   NEW  December 22, 2019
Awesome boat awesome captain awesome day well worth it
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Tukaha M.
Kawakawa, Northland
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VERIFIED   January 22, 2019
Awesome day out with my son learnt a lot from the captain very knowledgeable and good sense of humour.
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