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Westcoast Charters - Felix

Westcoast Charters runs fishing trips from Titahi Bay, Wellington, New Zealand. These fisheries are home to fish big and small. Whether it’s Snapper, Tarakihi, Groper, Kahawai, Kingfish, Albacore Tuna, and bigger fish, here you can find it. Of course, the season and the weather dictate what you might get, but Captain Neil is a safe bet.

Neil has been fishing the local waters for three decades and he knows how and when the fish move. He will work hard to put you on fish. In his own words, ‘Sometimes it is easy, other times they are off, but we often will still get a few when others fail.’

Westcoast Charters offer a variety of packages. Depending on your schedule, skills or passion, you can opt for shorter or full day trips. If you’re coming with kids, it might be good to start with a short outing, and see how they like it.

Captain Neil will accommodate you aboard his 20’ aluminum outboard motor powered catamaran - Felix. Felix is plain but fast and functional. Up to 5 guests can come along. Felix is powered by two 90 HP Yamaha engines and can reach the speeds of up to 30 knots. The vessel is fitted with GPS and Furuno color fishfinder, features multiple rod holders, has a hard top half cabin, comfortable seating, a portable toilet, and clear deck.

You will mainly engage in bottom fishing and look for eating fish so that you can get yourself a tasty meal. Given its speed, Felix can take you around multiple hot spots and you will have more time to enjoy fishing.

If you are not so much into serious fishing, Neil can take you down the coast to combine fishing, diving, snorkeling or heading ashore on a calm day. When you come onboard, Neil will provide basic bottom fishing gear, some lures, and jigs. If you’re really into lure fishing, it’s best to bring along your own.

Pack food and refreshments, sunblock, sunnies, a cap, and comfortable clothes and footwear convenient for the weather. You will definitely want to bring a camera. Grab your backpack and come along!



About the Captain

Neil Palfreyman
Porirua, New Zealand
3 Fishing Reports
16 Customer reviews
Member since October 2014
I love the freedom of the open water, a bit like riding a bike. I became a fisherman because I love challenges and being independent, I passionately don't like captivity and some workplace cultures. I have a trades background and can turn my hand to a lot of things. I like scuba and fee-diving more than fishing but save those for my hobbies.

About this listing

Targeted species

Cod (Blue) Blue Cod
Hapuka Hapuka
Kahawai Kahawai
Snapper (Pink) Pink Snapper

Boat specs

Pelin (Aluminum fishing) originally built in 1992. Powered by 2 90HP Yamaha Outboards engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Spearfishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
No bathroom but a camping toilet with a curtain
Air Conditioning
freeflowing sea air
GPS
Fishfinder
Ice Box
Life Jackets

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
but there are no baby-size life jackets
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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

Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.7 / 5
out of 5 stars from 16 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (6)
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Fishing day
+3
Angler Rating
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1
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
90%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
88%
Appropriate for children
90%
Satisfied with the boat
90%
Catch intended fish
90%
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Alice O.
Brooklyn, New York
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Half Day Trip with Neil

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (AM) on February 28, 2020
We had an excellent morning with Neil. There were 5 of us + Neil, we all had a great time and a good amount of success - we...
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Kiel M.
New Zealand
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day trip with Neil

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on December 18, 2020
Great half day out. Neil’s a experienced captain with plenty of knowledge for the area and even a better guy. Was a great...
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Sean W.
Wellington, Wellington
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 20, 2020
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Fiona E.
Hamilton, Waikato
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Half day with Neil

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on December 22, 2019
very good communication with skipper leading up to day. good half day with loads of fish species.  definitely recommend
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Sibylle F.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
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5.0 / 5
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February fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on February 7, 2020
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FAQs about Westcoast Charters - Felix

Westcoast Charters - Felix offers the following trips to customers:
  • NZ $600 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • NZ $600 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • NZ $700 per group - 5 Hour Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • NZ $700 per group - 5 Hour Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • NZ $1,000 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Westcoast Charters - Felix, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet No bathroom but a camping toilet with a curtain
  • Air Conditioning freeflowing sea air
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Ice Box
  • Life Jackets

Trips booked with Westcoast Charters - Felix include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Westcoast Charters - Felix offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing

Westcoast Charters - Felix offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Spearfishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Westcoast Charters - Felix include:
  • Cod (Blue)
  • Hapuka
  • Kahawai
  • Snapper (Pink)
  • Tarakihi
  • Trevally (Silver)
  • Tuna (Albacore)
  • Yellowtail Amberjack