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
    10 Hour Trip – Game Fish
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Dec 1 - May 20
    $1,758
    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
    Hapuku trip, private
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Oct 20
    $1,336
    A full day deep drop fishing trip targeting Hapuku out on the deep reefs. Or combine with chasing the winter fat kingfish! Depending on the conditions we fish 2-3 at the same time. We provide two sets of electrical reels on board in addition to the manual gear. We fillet the fish for you. Come out and enjoy the wintery deep waters with us!
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Kingfish
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,055
    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
    $949
    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
    Seasonal trip Dec 1 - May 20
    $1,055
    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
    Hapuku trip, shared
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Oct 20
    $633
    Join this deep drop fishing trip targeting Hapuku out on the deep reefs. It is an epic trip out on the wintery waters. We are max 4 anglers on board and depending on the weather we fish 2-3 at the same time. We provide two sets of electrical reels on board i addition to the manual gear. We fillet the fish for you and we share the catch between all guests on board. Join a deep sea adventure for a day!
  • Shared trip
    6 Hour Trip – Kingfish (Shared)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $436
    Head offshore in search of big, hard-fighting Kingfish (Yellowtail Amberjack) on this seven-hour fishing charter.

About the Charter Operator

Spot-X Fishing Charters
Russell, New Zealand
32 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
118 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!!!

About this listing

Targeted Species

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

Snapper (Pink) Snapper (Pink)
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
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

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

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Kingfish trip with Hamish & Tisha
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Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
93%
Appropriate for children
91%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
91%
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Peter B.
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Kingfish trip with Hamish & Tisha

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Kingfish (Shared) on June 13, 2021
Amazing experience with these guys.  First time chasing these sport fish.  Knowledgeable professional crew highly recommended.
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6 Hr Kingfish trip

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Kingfish on February 20, 2021
We had a fantastic day out with Captain Wayne. He took care of everything on board and got us to the good spots, also...
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Six hour King Fishing trip

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Kingfish (Shared) on May 13, 2021
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Auckland, AUK
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7hr King fish trip on (Screaming Reels) with Skipper (Hamish) and deckhand (Tisha)

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Kingfish (Shared) on January 23, 2019
Absolutely awesome, great fun, a lot of laughs/smiles and everyone got some really good fish. skipper (Hamish) and deckhand...
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Kazuya K.
Kurume, Fukuoka
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VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Kingfish (Shared) on January 2, 2020
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FAQs about SpotX Fishing Charters - Screaming Reels

SpotX Fishing Charters - Screaming Reels offers the following trips to customers:
  • NZ $310 per person - 6 Hour Trip – Kingfish (Shared) (6 hours)
  • NZ $450 per person - Hapuku trip, shared (8 hours)
  • NZ $750 per person - 10 Hour Trip – Game Fish (Shared) (10 hours)
  • NZ $1,350 per group, additional NZ $120 per person after 8 guests - 5 Hour Trip – Snapper (5 hours)
  • NZ $1,500 per group, additional NZ $150 per person after 5 guests - 6 Hour Trip – Kingfish (6 hours)
  • NZ $1,900 per group, additional NZ $150 per person after 4 guests - Hapuku trip, private (8 hours)
  • NZ $2,500 per group, additional NZ $250 per person after 4 guests - 10 Hour Trip – Game Fish (10 hours)

When you book a trip with SpotX Fishing Charters - Screaming Reels, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Multimedia System
  • Outriggers
  • Tuna Tubes
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with SpotX Fishing Charters - Screaming Reels include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks (Nuts; only for full or multi-day trips)
  • Drinks (Water; only for full or multi-day trips)
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

SpotX Fishing Charters - Screaming Reels offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

SpotX Fishing Charters - Screaming Reels offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with SpotX Fishing Charters - Screaming Reels include:
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Hapuka
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (Striped)
  • Snapper (Pink)
  • Swordfish
  • Yellowtail Amberjack