May Marie Charters

At May Marie Charters, they love taking guests out for an awesome day charter fishing in the Bay of Islands! No matter what your expectations are, the crew will work hard every time to exceed them and make this trip an adventure you’ll never forget. Skipper Dave is known for his enthusiasm, experience, and excellent fishing skills.

You’ll be fishing on a 44’ McManaway boat, named May Marie. This spacious vessel accommodates up to 14 anglers for Snapper fishing or 6 anglers for Kingfish trips. May Marie offers a comfortable ride, even on rougher days, as she’s super stable. There’s plenty of shade to get out of the sun, a closed cabin area, and the kettle will be on if you would like to make a cuppa.

The Bay of Islands is simply beautiful and the scenery as we head to our secret spots won’t disappoint. The friendly crew will welcome you on board, bait your hook and entertain you with a yarn or two. Choose between shared charters targeting Snapper or Kingfish, or private ones that can be tailored to your needs.

At the end of the day, the crew will fillet your catch and make it ready to take home with you. They provide all fishing equipment, tea/coffee/water, and you’re most welcome to bring snacks, lunch, or other beverages. Don’t forget to purchase your fishing license.

Children are welcome on board too and kids 4-11 years fish for free (one per paying adult). Join May Marie Charters for an epic day out fishing in the beautiful Bay of Islands!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    5 Hour Snapper Trip (Private)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,075
    Step aboard for a fantastic day out with a private half day Snapper charter. You and up to 13 of your friends will have the boat to yourselves as you head out into the Bay ready for a great day out on the water. Dave knows the best spots and where the snapper lurk! There's plenty of room on board to find your spot as well as a covered area to keep the sun (or rain) at bay.
  • Private trip
    7 Hour Kingfish Trip (Private)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,075
    Step aboard for a fantastic day out with a Private Kingfish Charter. You and up to 5 of your mates will have the boat to yourselves as you head out into the Bay ready for a great day out on the water. Skipper Dave will search out the best spots then try your luck at hooking and landing one of these guys. There's plenty of room to find your spot and a covered deck area to keep the sun at bay. The crew provides tea/coffee/water and you're welcome to bring lunch and other beverages.
  • Private trip
    7 Hour Kingfish Trip (Shared)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $430
    Get ready for a sensational day out hunting Kingfish in the beautiful Bay of Islands! Your guide Dave (also known as the fish magnet) has some secret spots lined up to give you the best chance of hooking one of these beauties. There's nothing quite like hitting the water as the sun comes up over the Bay and feeling that hit on your line as the battle begins! If you've fished for Kingfish before, you'll know you need plenty of room and the May Marie is perfect for up to 6 fishing.
  • Shared trip
    5 Hour Snapper Trip (Shared)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $179
    Join the crew on an epic half day Snapper adventure! Enjoy cruising the beautiful Bay of Islands as the crew take you to one of their favourite spots. Catch some bait along the way and then it's lines over and let the fun begin! At the end of the day, the crwe will fillet and bag your fish ready to take home with you.
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About the Charter Operator

May Marie Charters
Paihia, New Zealand
ID & License verified
Member since August 2021
We're a family owned business with a love of fishing. Our Skipper, Dave, has been hooked on fishing since he was a little guy, catching his first fish at the age of 3. He loves getting out on the water with guests, teaching them some tricks of the trade and the excitement as guests reel in their catch. He loves the thrill of the hit on the line and seeing the rod bend double. You're hard pressed to find a more enthusiastic or experienced fisho that Dave!

About this listing

Targeted Species

John Dory John Dory
Kahawai Kahawai
Snapper (Pink) Pink Snapper

Boat Specs

McManaway (Commercial) originally built in 1993. Powered by a 45HP Detroit engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 9 knots.

Length
44 ft
Capacity
14 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Refrigerator
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Refrigerator
Outriggers

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks

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
Disabled Accessible

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
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 1.5% charge will apply.

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FAQs about May Marie Charters

May Marie Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • NZ $125 per person - 5 Hour Snapper Trip (Shared) (5 hours)
  • NZ $300 per person - 7 Hour Kingfish Trip (Shared) (7 hours)
  • NZ $1,500 per group - 5 Hour Snapper Trip (Private) (5 hours)
  • NZ $1,500 per group - 7 Hour Kingfish Trip (Private) (7 hours)

When you book a trip with May Marie Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Refrigerator
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with May Marie Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water, tea, coffee)

May Marie Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing

May Marie Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with May Marie Charters include:
  • John Dory
  • Kahawai
  • Snapper (Pink)