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 or if you haven’t been on a boat before, it might be a good idea to consider taking medication 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 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - May 1
    $1,280
    price breakdown
    $1,280
    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 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,280
    price breakdown
    $1,280
    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 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $392
    price breakdown
    $392
    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!
  • Shared trip
    Half Day Trip (AM) - Snapper
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $207
    price breakdown
    $207
    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!
  • Shared trip
    Half Day Trip (PM) - Snapper
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $207
    price breakdown
    $207
    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
ID & License verified
29 Customer Reviews
Response time 8 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 (Black)
Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (Striped) Marlin (Striped)
Snapper (Pink) Snapper (Pink)

Yellowtail Amberjack 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
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge

Trip Includes

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

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
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
Bank Transfer

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.62
out of 5 stars from 29 reviews
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Jono S, Liz, Jono, Megan, Geoff.
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
94%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
86%
Appropriate for children
83%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
76%
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Rihi B.
Auckland, Auckland
 5.00
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Half day trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) - Snapper on December 21, 2020
Great experience with The Ross dog and Rick the magician on the soft bait. Recommend this charter, lots of fun, very enjoyable...
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Tim B.
Whangarei, NTL
 5.00
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Half Day trip with Captain Ross

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (PM) - Snapper on January 6, 2021
We had a great family morning out thanks Ross.  You and Rick were both fantastic, very encouraging for our sons, and helpful...
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Geoff E.
Auckland, Auckland
 5.00
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Half day trip with Captain Ross.

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip - Kingfish on January 9, 2021
An awesome day out with Capt.Ross. Good fishing good weather an all round great experience. When it comes to Kingfishing Ross...
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Igor L.
Auckland, Auckland
 5.00
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) - Snapper on October 25, 2020
Had a trip on 25th of October. Captain and crew knows their job. Awesome experience, thank you guys for the day and the fish!
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Stephen M.
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - Marlin/King/Snapper on December 18, 2020
Great day out and Ross & Rick were amazing for us.
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