El Donna Sportfishing

68 Marsden Road
Paihia, New Zealand

El Donna Sportfishing offers seasonal game fishing trips around the scenic waters near the Bay of Islands. Here, you can find Striped Marlin, Black and Blue Marlin, Broad Billfish, Snapper, Kingfish, and Mahi Mahi. These big names can be caught on most of full day trips, but you’ll sometimes need to put in extra effort to get them.

From late December through May, El Donna Sportfishing takes on seasoned and novice anglers. You can troll or go popping for Marlin, or go bottom fishing for Snapper. Stay overnight for a multiday trip, and you can go fishing around the Great barrier island, Coromandel and the Gulf Islands. Whichever you choose, you’ll have a good chance of landing massive fish.

If you want to get hold of Broadbill Swordfish, the crew is specialized in daytime deep dropping. These waters are home to some of the largest Broadbill swordfish available in the world!

El Donna holds the unofficial world record for the largest ever Striped Marlin caught on rod & reel at 243.6 kg. This means that the captain and deck hands are experienced and will work to help you land your first Marlin.

El Donna is 38’ Pelin Sportfisher flybridge. She can take up to four anglers, and has the stamina to overcome the big bills. She is powered by a 420HP CAT 3126 engine, and can reach speeds of up to 20 knots.

Once onboard, you will find all the gear, and you don’t need a fishing license. The boat is rigged with navigational electronics, has tuna tubes, outriggers, a flybridge, toilet, a fighting chair, live bait well, an ice box, kitchen, bed, and a toilet.

You will get snacks and water on shorter trips, and the crew will serve coffee, tea and lunch on longer trips. They will make sure you have an enjoyable outing, and will do their best to cater to your needs. Wear comfortable clothes, put on sunblock, shades, a cap, and take medications if prone to seasickness. Youngsters are welcome, but might want to start with shorter trips, if first timers.

Book your trip, and enjoy!

El Donna Sportfishing offers seasonal game fishing trips around the scenic waters near the Bay of Islands. Here, you can find Striped Marlin, Black and Blue Marlin, Broad Billfish, Snapper, Kingfish, and Mahi Mahi. These big names can be caught on mo


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  • 2 Day Trip - Stayaway Game Fishing
    Overnight stay, liveaboard, 2 day minimum, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 1589 private charter / day
  • Full Day Trip - Broadbill Swordfish
    10 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 1554 private charter
  • Full Day Trip - Game Fishing
    8 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 1306 private charter
  • Spearfishing - Full Day
    8 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 882 private charter
  • Full Day Trip - Bay of Islands Eco
    8 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 844 private charter
  • Full Day Trip - Kingfish/Snapper
    9 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 844 private charter
  • Half Day Trip - Kingfish (AM)
    5 hour trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US$ 194 per person, 3 persons minimum
  • Half Day Trip - Snapper (PM)
    5 hour trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 194 per person, 3 persons minimum
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About this listing

Targeted Species

  Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  Kahawai
  Marlin (Black)
  Marlin (Blue)

  Marlin (Striped)
  Snapper (Pink)
  Swordfish
  Tuna (Yellowfin)

  Yellowtail Amberjack

Boat Specs

Pelin Sportfisher (Flybridge) originally built in 1978, and restored in 2015. Powered by a 420HP CAT 3126 engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
38 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Popping
Handline
Spearfishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Lunch

Policies

Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. In case of unsafe weather conditions, you can choose a different trip date or cancel with a full deposit refund.
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
PayPal

About the Captain

Lance Manins
Paihia, New Zealand
Member since May 2014
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Game fishing is my passion! Having caught hundreds of Marlin, my biggest joy these days is to help other people enjoy the experience. If I'm not fishing in New Zealand, then I will be found in Tahiti or Cairns for the Big Black Marlin Season. With an amazing crew including Capt A.J. Barton - Barry and some very capable deck hands, we have the ability with El Donna to introduce you to a wide variety of fishing - from the fast moving Blue/Striped and Black Marlin to Broadbill Swordfish, Yellowfin Tuna, and Kingfish. Eldonna has the enviable reputation of having landed the biggest ever Striped Marlin in the world on Rod and Reel - 243.6kg! We have an amazing coastline and fisheries for you to enjoy and we look forward to meeting you soon!
Response time: 5 hours
Response rate: 91%

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Customer Reviews

4.83 out of 5 stars from 10 reviews

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Was a great day, didn’t catch much.
AJ is one hell of a skipper and oh man Ethan is the bomb, he had it all sorted and all we had to do was catch fish

Fished April 24, 2018
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Great day but no Marlin. No other boats got any. One of those days.

Fished February 21, 2018
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Had an awesome day out! Crew were awesome and accomodating, as for Ross he’s the man! Loved his company through out the day had some good laughs!, he didn’t even want us to bait our lines either he was always there to do it bloody great guy!

Fished January 7, 2018
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