SpotX Fishing Charters - Screaming Reels

SpotX Fishing Charters has been getting groups on that fish of a lifetime for well over 30 years. They offer a range of trips targeting the best fish the Bay of Islands and the Three Kings can throw at you. Step aboard for anything from five hours to five days, and go after species as varied as Kingfish and Swordfish. You won’t find a better crew or a wider mix of trips anywhere else in the Bay.

Spend your charter aboard the “Screaming Reels”, a 40’ Black Watch sportfishing boat built in 1997 and well maintained ever since. She is powered by twin 430 HP Cummins engines up to an impressive cruising speed of 30 knots – no long waits to get offshore here! The vessel has room for up to 10 guests on day trips. They limit multi-day charters to four anglers to make sure everyone has a great time.

What you target will depend on the trip you choose, with every charter visiting the best spots for a certain style of fishing. On shorter trips, you will be fishing the bay for tasty Snapper or heading further out for Kingfish (Yellowtail Amberjack). Book in for a 10-hour trip, or a multi-day adventure, and you will be fishing around the renowned Three Kings for Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Swordfish, and other big game pelagics.

Whichever trip you choose, you can rely on a spacious, comfortable boat stocked with a wide range of tech and equipment to help you bring in the best of each species. All rods, reels, tackle, bait, and fishing licenses are included on every charter. Your fish will be also be cleaned and filleted free of charge at the end of the trip.

So whether you’re after a half-day stint catching something tasty for dinner or a multi-day marathon battling some of the biggest fish in the sea, you can’t go wrong with SpotX Fishing Charters.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    2 Day Trip – Game Fish (MAX 4)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    2 Day Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    $1,607
    up to 10 persons / day
    Spend more time out with the fish and go for them all, depending on what is around! The Marlin and Tuna are here typically from December to May. The Swordfish on the 500m deep waters is here from February to September. Hapuka and Tarakihi are here all year round. Full days fishing and Sleepover on the boat maximize your time with the fish!
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip – Game Fish
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,488
    up to 4 persons
    + $60
    each additional person
    Spend the entire day battling big game species on this 10-hour shared charter. From February to September the Swordfish, the Gladiator down on 500m depth is around. From December to May the Blue and Striped Marlins are here as well as the Tuna!
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Kingfish
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $833
    up to 5 persons
    + $60
    each additional person
    Bring along all your fishing buddies and head offshore to battle Kingfish (Yellowtail Amberjack) on this seven-hour private charter.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Snapper
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $804
    up to 8 persons
    + $60
    each additional person
    Book out the whole boat and hit the bay to fish for delicious Snapper.
  • Shared trip
    10 Hour Trip – Game Fish (Shared)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $447
    per person
    Spend the entire day fishing for big game species on this 10-hour shared charter. During winter time, or actually from February to September the Swordfish, the Gladiator down on 500m depth, is around. From December to May the Blue and Striped Marlins are here as well as the Tuna!
  • Shared trip
    6 Hour Trip – Kingfish (Shared)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $173
    per person
    Head offshore in search of big, hard-fighting Kingfish (Yellowtail Amberjack) on this seven-hour fishing charter.
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About the Charter Operator

Spot-X Fishing Charters
Russell, New Zealand
Angler's Choice
20 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
89 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since September 2015
We love fishing and value the hard work striving to give you the very best fishing experience! These values has been passed on to us and are shared by our company colleagues and family. We combine our passion with decades of fishing experience. We have the crew, the boats, the equipment and the location providing unique fishing adventures in and from the magnificent Bay of Islands. With a wide range of charters and a huge variety of high quality fishing gear to optimize your experience we aim to give you something very special to remember! Experience a personal guide to the hottest fishing places in the Bay or out on the Deep Sea with safe and professional skippers, ensuring everyone, novice or experienced, has a dazzling adventure! Welcome onboard!!!

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Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Hapuka Hapuka
Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (Striped) Marlin (Striped)

Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Swordfish Swordfish
Yellowtail Amberjack Yellowtail Amberjack

Boat Specs

Black Watch (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1997. Powered by 2 430HP Cummins diesel engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
40 ft
Capacity
10 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

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

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 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

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

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.91
out of 5 stars from 11 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
Snapper December 2019
Kingfish December 2019
7hr King fish trip on (Screaming Reels) with Skipper (Hamish) and deckhand (Tisha)
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
88%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
88%
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Zixiao M.
Wellington, WGN
 5.00
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Fishing with Katarina

VERIFIED   December 7, 2019
Very nice and friendly captain and his wife. They help us a lot in patience. We got a big kingfish and snapper. Very thanks...
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Kazuya K.
Kurume, Fukuoka
 4.67
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Thanks for a great fishing day!

VERIFIED   January 2, 2020
Had a wonderful fishing trip! The crew was nice. The cabin was large enough to relax and rest when I got tired. I’ll...
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Kanu K.
Auckland, AUK
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Great day on Screaming Reels

VERIFIED   January 5, 2020
My son-in-law and I had a great trip Not many fish but great day out Boats Great! Crew’s Great!
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Shane W.
Auckland, Auckland
 5.00
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Kingfish fishing trip

VERIFIED   January 22, 2020
Well worth it, would highly recommend it.
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Timothy R.
Whangarei, NTL
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VERIFIED   February 11, 2020
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