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$ 1551 private charter / day
  • Full Day Trip - Broadbill Swordfish
    10 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 1517 private charter
  • Full Day Trip - Game Fishing
    8 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 1275 private charter
  • Spearfishing - Full Day
    8 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 862 private charter
  • Full Day Trip - Kingfish/Snapper
    9 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 824 private charter
  • Full Day Trip - Bay of Islands Eco
    8 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 824 private charter
  • Half Day Trip - Kingfish (AM)
    5 hour trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US$ 189 per person, 3 persons minimum
  • Half Day Trip - Snapper (PM)
    5 hour trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 189 per person, 3 persons minimum
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About this listing

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
Bass, Snapper, Kingfish
Trolling
Jigging
Kingfish, Tuna, Marlin
Popping
Kingfish and Marlin
Handline
Spearfishing
Targeted Species
 
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
 
Kahawai

 
Marlin (Black)
 
Marlin (Blue)

 
Marlin (Striped)
 
Snapper (Pink)

 
Swordfish
 
Tuna (Yellowfin)

 
Yellowtail Amberjack
Amenities
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Simrad NSS Evo12
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Simrad NSS Evo12
Fly Fishing Equipment
Bed
Sleep 7
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Simrad NSS Evo12
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Simrad NSS Evo12
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
Soft drinks & water
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment
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.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
 
You Keep Catch
 
Catch and Release Allowed
Payment

15% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker 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, PayPal.

About the Captain

Lance Manins
Paihia, New Zealand
Member since May 2014
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: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

Customer Reviews

4.83 out of 5 stars from 8 reviews

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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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Fished December 30, 2017
Lance Manins (The Captain)
Replied to this review on January 2, 2018

Hi Rob, thanks for the review and great to have you out. reallly happy you enjoyed the experience and the crew met your expectations !. I Will keep in touch over the month or so and book you in for a Broadbill/Swordfish trip as discussed !

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Fished December 22, 2017
Lance Manins (The Captain)
Replied to this review on January 2, 2018

Really glad to hear the trip was a success and the crew looked after you guys and put you onto some fish !  ! Amazing place the Bay Of islands !

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Fishing Reports

Shortbill Speafish

January 12, 2018

With the water hitting a whopping 24deg for the team on Eldonna today ( High for down this part of the world ) our charter today ended up with a nice Shortbill Spearfish. The team will be overnighting at… Read Full Report →


Blue Marlin Mahem

January 11, 2018

Epic day for todays angler James out wide of the Bay Of islands on El Donna.Est 270KG+ Blue marlin Released. Even more epic as it was caught on 15KG standup and went on for over 3hrs which was an… Read Full Report →