Target Charters

3 Puketutu Dr
Haruru, New Zealand

Target Charters offers action packed trips around lucrative fisheries of the Bay of Islands, NZ. These waters are known around the world for Marlin. Striped, Black, and Blue―their season runs from late December until May, but peaks from February through April. Yet, that’s not all. Snapper and Kingfish can be readily caught here.

Target Charters has a seasoned captain and professional crew to help you land your dream catch. They know the local waters, and will prepare for the trip, to select the best lures, lines, and tackle.

You will join the crew onboard their John Wade offshore sport fishing boat. She is powered by a 315 HP Cummins engine, and can cruise at the speeds of up to 22 knots. The boat can take up to eight anglers. She is rigged with marine electronics, has a cosy sheltered cabin with lounge seating. There is also a fully private onboard marine toilet. Anglers will find AC, a galley, live bait well, outriggers, and a fighting chair. You get it―this is a boat fit to fish for big game!

Once onboard, the crew will supply you with rods, reels, and tackle. They will also get the lures and live bait, depending on your target. The fishing license is included in the trip.

You will want to bring a camera, sunblock, sunglasses, a cap. Wear comfortable clothes and footwear, as you will need to be able to move easily the action starts. Pack food and drinks. Kids are welcome onboard. If prone to seasickness, it might be a good idea to consider taking medications beforehand.

When you’re ready to go, come go after that fish!


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Marlin Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jan - 1 May
    US$ 1103
    up to 8 persons
    The Bay of Islands is world famous for Marlin. Here you will find Striped Marlin in abundance, but can also come across Blue and Black Marlin. Paihia is just one of their playgrounds. Marlin have a limited season and generally you can catch them from December through until May although February to April would be the best months. The crew will provide gear and permit, so you should pack food, drinks, sunblock, a cap, sunglasses, and dress for the chase.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Marlin/King/Snapper
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 965
    up to 8 persons
    This is a great chance to combine and get the most out of your trip. Fishing for Marlin, Kingfish or Snapper, you get to choose and the chance to do some sightseeing if your wish. Experience what the Bay of Islands has to offer! You may see dolphins, whales, and plenty of sea bird life! Marlin usually bite from January to May. The crew will provide the gear and permit. Bring food, drinks, a camera, sunblock, sunglasses, a cap, and comfortable clothes.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Kingfish
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 172
    per person
    4 persons minimum
    Experience the thrill of catching one of these amazing fighting fish! You will have enough time for your outing. If you want some fun and want to try your hand at this challenging fish, then book your date. Kingi can weigh between 10lb to 40lb (if you are lucky), and are a great eating fish. The crew will provide the gear and license. Bring food, drinks, a camera, sunglasses, a cap, sunblock, and comfortable clothes. Then hop onboard, and have a blast!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM) - Snapper
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 75
    per person
    4 persons minimum
    This is a great way to start your morning. Snapper is a must when fishing in New Zealand. The Bay of Islands in NZ offers plenty of good fishing spots amongst the islands to catch these well sought after eating fish. They can be anything from 2lbs up to over 30lbs. Imagine if you got the big one! The crew will supply the fishing gear, and the license. You should pack food, and soft drinks, and put on sunblock, sunglasses, and a cap. Dress comfortably, and take your camera!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM) - Snapper
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    US$ 75
    per person
    4 persons minimum
    Spend an afternoon going after tasty Snapper. You don't want to miss fishing for it when in NZ. Luckily, these waters offer plenty of good fishing spots. Here, Snapper can be anything from 2lbs up to over 30lbs. Imagine if you got the big one! Don't forget the camera! The crew will provide the fishing gear and the license. You should pack food, and soft drinks, and put on sunblock, sunglasses, and a cap. Wear comfortable clothes and footwear, and be ready when the chase starts!
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Marlin (Black)
Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (Striped)
Snapper (Pink)

Snapper (Red)
Yellowtail Amberjack

Boat Specs

John Wade design (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1989. Powered by a 315HP Cummins engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 22 knots.

Length
36 ft
Capacity
8 persons

Types of Fishing

Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 days before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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:
Bank Transfer

About the Charter Operator

Ross Taylor
Haruru, New Zealand
Member since December 2014
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Having had a love of fishing for over 40 years, and owning my own aluminum boat, I came across an opportunity to buy a charter boat. So, with a life style change and relocating to the Bay of Islands in New Zealand, my wife and I bought Target Charters about 7 years ago and continue to operate in the Bay.
Response time: 19 hours
Response rate: 81%

Customer Reviews

4.63 out of 5 stars from 10 reviews

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awesome day overall
top charter

Fished March 31, 2018
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A thoroughly enjoyable trip. We managed to get several small fish but was well catered for by a crew with big heart! Thanks verymuch

The Lims

Fished February 2, 2018
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Amazing morning spent with captain Maurice at the helm and Jag looking after us on the deck, they went above and beyond our expectations, what an awesome crew.
Highly recommend heading out with Target Charters.

Fished December 19, 2017
Ross Taylor (The Captain)
Replied to this review on December 19, 2017

Hi Damien

Great to hear you were well looked after and had an awesome time on the water and got to experience the fishing waters in the beautiful Bay of Islands and thank you for taking the time to write a review

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