Andy Mcgaughey Sportsfishing

Running angling trips out of Paihia, Andy Mcgaughey Sportsfishing invites you to check out the local fishery in style.

Skipper Andrew aims to tailor every trip to your specific needs, so let him know what you’re after! Depending on the trip and species, you’ll be using techniques like bottom fishing, trolling, jigging, and popping. You’re looking at 4 to 10-hour trips, where you’ll usually go after the likes of Yellowtail Amberjack, Snapper, Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Swordfish, and Tuna, depending on the weather and time of year.

Your fishing adventure starts on a 42’ Salthouse boat that can safely take up to 12 anglers. This boat features a toilet, ice box, and fighting chair. The price of your trip includes all the rods, reels, and terminal tackle you’ll need for a productive day on the water. Don’t forget to buy a fishing license before the trip! You’re welcome to keep all legal species caught during the trip.

Skipper Andrew runs trips together with his first mate, who’s there to help you with whatever you may need. Tips are always appreciated for a job well done. The price of your trip also includes complimentary snacks and drinks, but you’re welcome to bring your own. Please let the crew know if you have any questions or special requests.

Children are welcome aboard so you’re good to get the young ones started early.

Book your trip now and hit the water with Andy Mcgaughey Sportsfishing.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Shared trip
    4 Hour Trip – Snapper
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $220
    Bottom fishing in the Bay of Islands produces lots of different species of fish Snapper been the most common. Andy knows the Bay better than most as he has fished and lived in the Bay for the last 30 years. When it comes to snapper fishing you can't beat experience.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Kingfish
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $834
    Light tackle Yellowtail Kingfish fishing at it's best in some of the best kingfish grounds in the world. 6 hour trips or tailored to your requirements. It is possible subject to numbers to purchase a 1/4 share. All you need is Hat ,sunscreen and possible some warm cloths. All tackle of the highest quality is supplied.
  • Private trip
    9 Hour Trip – Big Game (MAX 6)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - May 31
    US $1,370
    Striped Marlin, Broadbill Swordfish, and Tuna are just a few of the big game fish we catch in the Bay of Islands Game fishing from 1-day to 6-day trips or customize as to your requirements. Inquire about our quarter share day trips or sole charter. All equipment is supplied all you need is a hat, sunscreen, and maybe some warm clothes in case it gets cool. Snacks and refreshments are provided. Extra $320 per person over 4, max 6 pax.
  • Private trip
    9 Hour Trip – Big Game (MAX 6)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Dec 1 - May 31
    US $1,370
    Striped Marlin, Broadbill Swordfish, and Tuna are just a few of the big game fish we catch in the Bay of Islands Game fishing from 1 day to 6 day trips or customize as to your requirements. Inquire about our quarter share day trips or sole charter. All equipment is supplied all you need is a hat, sunscreen and maybe some warm clothes in case it gets cool. Snacks and refreshments are provided. Extra $320 person above 4 pax Max 6 pax
  • Private trip
    9 Hour Trip – Swordfish
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $1,370
    Target Broadbill during daylight hours and possible catch the fish of a lifetime.
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Customer reviews

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Excellent
4.8 / 5
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John M.
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VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Kingfish on January 29, 2024
The Captain Andy would be one of the most experienced Fishermen in the area. We took out a group of 5 mates and had an amazing...
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Cliffy R.
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Excellent

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Kingfish on November 25, 2023
Skipper and deckhand were amazing caught plenty of live baits so we didn’t run out, they put us unto the fish immediately...
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Daren L.
Excellent
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VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Snapper on May 28, 2024
Great morning fishing, many thanks . We will be back for more 👍
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David D.
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Excellent captain and mate, great time and great fishing

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Kingfish on January 30, 2024
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Great trip

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Kingfish on November 26, 2023
Excellent skipper and crew. Asked what we wanted and then provided it.
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FAQs about Andy Mcgaughey Sportsfishing

Andy Mcgaughey Sportsfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • NZ $185 per person - 4 Hour Trip – Snapper (4 hours)
  • NZ $1,400 per group, additional NZ $320 per person after 4 guests - 6 Hour Trip – Kingfish (6 hours)
  • NZ $2,300 per group, additional NZ $320 per person after 4 guests - 9 Hour Trip – Big Game (MAX 6) (9 hours)
  • NZ $2,300 per group - 9 Hour Trip – Big Game (MAX 6) (9 hours)
  • NZ $2,300 per group, additional NZ $320 per person after 4 guests - 9 Hour Trip – Swordfish (9 hours)

When you book a trip with Andy Mcgaughey Sportsfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Outriggers
  • Tuna Tubes
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Andy Mcgaughey Sportsfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License (No license required)

Andy Mcgaughey Sportsfishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing (Big Yellowtail Kingfish and Snapper.)
  • Offshore Fishing (NZ have the largest Striped Marlin in the world.)

Andy Mcgaughey Sportsfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Andy Mcgaughey Sportsfishing include:
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Marlin (Black)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (Striped)
  • Snapper (Pink)
  • Spearfish (Shortbill)
  • Swordfish
  • Tuna (Albacore)
  • Tuna (Bluefin)
  • Tuna (Skipjack)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Yellowtail Amberjack

Meet the Captain

Andrew Mcgaughey
Paihia, New Zealand
13 Customer reviews
Response time 4 hours
Member since November 2021
I have lived and fished most of my life in the Bay of Islands. At present living in Russell. My big game fishing career started in 1993 when I owned and operated the 40' Pelin MV Intrepid for several years. Whilst owner I upgraded intrepid to Three Kings survey and had 5 years of amazing fishing at the Kings. While owning the Intrepid apart from several records one of my customers caught the very first Wahoo in NZ waters close in by the Nine pin in the Bay. Hence why my next 4 game boats have been called Wahoo. I have had many years of successful fishing out of the Bay and my customers have won many major fishing contests including the very prestigious yellowtail light tackle. As well as fishing the Bay of Islands I have fished several other parts of the world like Vanuatu and Australia.

About this listing

Targeted species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Black) Black Marlin
Marlin (Blue) Blue Marlin
Marlin (Striped) Striped Marlin

Boat specs

Salthouse (Sportfishing) originally built in 1998, and restored in 2021. Powered by 2 280HP Detroit engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 23 knots.

Length
42 ft
Capacity
10 persons

Types of fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Big Yellowtail Kingfish and Snapper.
Offshore Fishing
NZ have the largest Striped Marlin in the world.

Fishing techniques

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

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License
No license required

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 14 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

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
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
Bank Transfer

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