Target Charters

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 Cancelation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jan - 1 May
    $1,125
    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 Cancelation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,125
    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 Cancelation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $176
    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 Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $80
    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 Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $80
    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 the Charter Operator

Ross Taylor
Paihia, New Zealand
Angler's Choice
ID & License verified
13 Customer Reviews
Response time 17 hours
Member since December 2014
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 11 years ago and continue to operate in the Bay.

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
Deep Sea Fishing

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 Cancelation
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
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:
Bank Transfer
Cash

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos by reviewers (8)
4.62
out of 5 stars from 13 reviews
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+5
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
92%
Appropriate for children
67%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
78%
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Solyi K.
Auckland, AUK
 5.00
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February fishing trip

VERIFIED   February 6, 2019
Solyi K. recommends Target Charters
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Logan T.
Mangonui, Northland
 4.67
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December fishing trip

VERIFIED   December 27, 2018
Big fish, nice easy quick trip to a great spot!! Well recommended!! Thanks Ross
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Angeline W.
Auckland, AUK
 4.00
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January fishing trip

VERIFIED   January 20, 2019
Angeline W. does not recommend Target Charters
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Ray R.
Aspley, Queensland
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Target Charters - Paihia, Bay of Islands

VERIFIED   August 4, 2015
We had to postpone our trip due to bad weather but it finally lifted and we went out on Sunday, 9/08/2015. Skipper and crew...
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Damien P. K.
Melbourne, Victoria
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Half day trip with captain Maurice

VERIFIED   December 19, 2017
Amazing morning spent with captain Maurice at the helm and Jag looking after us on the deck, they went above and beyond our...
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