Gambler Fishing Charters

Gambler Fishing Charters is Whakatane’s premier charter fishing operation.

Capt. Mike (Bozy) has over 20 years of experience as a charter captain in the Whakatane area and is here to get you on some fish, and to make sure you have fun doing it. You’ll be using techniques like bottom fishing, trolling, fly fishing, drift fishing, jigging, popping, and spinning, depending on what you’re going after. They specialize in day trips to White Island targeting the legendary Yellowtail Kingfish, Hapuka, Bluenose, Gemfish, and Bass.
Also Inshore trips to the Opotiki mussel farm targeting Snapper, Tarakihi, and Gurnard.

You’ll be fishing from a 30’ Bladerunner catamaran with enough room for up to 10 anglers at any single time. It also includes a toilet and an ice box.

When it comes to rods, reels, and terminal tackle, everything you need is included in the price. Don’t forget to buy a fishing license before the trip!

The price of a given trip doesn’t include bait, so be sure to get in touch with the captain about what your options are prior to the trip.

You’re welcome to keep all legal species caught during the trip.

This is a children-friendly charter, so you’re welcome to bring your kids on for a fun fishing adventure.

Book your trip now and hit the water with Gambler Fishing Charters.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Inshore Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,298
    Inshore Charter targeting Snapper, Tarakihi, Gurnard, Kahawai, and Trevally for groups of up to 10 people.
  • Private trip
    White Island Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - May 1
    $1,818
    Offshore trips to White Island for groups of up to 6 anglers targeting deepsea species such as Hapuka, Bluenose, Gemfish, and Bass. Yellowtail Kingfish Big game fishing or a combination
  • Private trip
    Bluefin Tuna Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 1
    $2,272
    Winter big game fishing for groups of up to 6 anglers Targeting Southern Bluefin Tuna
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About the Captain

Mike Boswell
Whakatane, New Zealand
ID & License verified
Response time 10 hours
Member since November 2022
Capt. Mike runs trips out of Whakatane aboard a 30’ Bladerunner catamaran. These waters are known for Tuna and Yellowtail Kingfish and he will show you how to catch them, whether you're bottom fishing or trolling. With over 20 years of experience, he has a trick or two up his sleeve, and the only way to learn is to join him out on the water!

About this listing

Targeted species

Bluenose Warehou Bluenose Warehou
Gurnard Gurnard
Hapuka Hapuka
Marlin (Blue) Blue Marlin

Boat specs

Bladerunner (Catamaran) originally built in 2001. Powered by 2 225HP Honda engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
10 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Inshore snapper trips to the Opotiki Mussel farm
Offshore Fishing
Deepsea, Kingfish and Gamefishing to White Island
Reef Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Catch cleaning & filleting

Cancellation policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

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
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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

FAQs about Gambler Fishing Charters

Gambler Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • NZ $2,000 per group - Inshore Trip (8 hours)
  • NZ $2,800 per group - White Island Trip (8 hours)
  • NZ $3,500 per group - Bluefin Tuna Trip (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Gambler Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Outriggers
  • Tuna Tubes
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Gambler Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Catch cleaning & filleting

Gambler Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (Inshore snapper trips to the Opotiki Mussel farm )
  • Offshore Fishing (Deepsea, Kingfish and Gamefishing to White Island)
  • Reef Fishing

Gambler Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Gambler Fishing Charters include:
  • Bluenose Warehou
  • Gurnard
  • Hapuka
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (Striped)
  • Snapper (Pink)
  • Swordfish
  • Tarakihi
  • Trevally (Silver)
  • Tuna (Bluefin)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Yellowtail Amberjack