El Donna Sportfishing

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!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3 day Stayaway Gamefish Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 days trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Jun 1
    $1,551
    up to 4 persons / day
    A one day extension on the 2 Day stay away trip offering more time to work up the Northern Coast from the bay Of Islands.
  • Private trip
    3 day Stayaway Gamefish Trip (copy)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 days trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Jun 1
    $1,551
    up to 4 persons / day
    A one day extension on the 2 Day stay away trip offering more time to work up the Northern Coast from the bay Of Islands.
  • Private trip
    5 Day Stay Away Marlin/Broadbill
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 days trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Jun 1
    $1,551
    up to 4 persons / day
    Take advantage of getting away up into the far North of New Zealand targeting Marlin / Tuna and Broadbill Swordfish. We will go for the Big fish during the day and relax with a great evening meal and snapper fish in some amazing anchorages in the evenings. All gear, bedding and food supplied. A great way to explore the incredible Northland Coast and experience some amazing fishing !
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Broadbill Swordfish
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Dec 20 - May 31
    $1,551
    up to 4 persons
    Our crew are experts at daytime deep dropping for Broadbill Swordfish. The Swordfish grounds are a 20nm run out past the Nine Pin and out to the Cavalii Seamount area. Generally, we will troll for Marlin out to the grounds. The fishing gear is supplied onboard, and you will also have lunch and coffee, and tea served. You don't need a fishing license. Put on sunscreen, sunglasses, a cap, and take medication if prone to seasickness.
  • Private trip
    2 Day Trip - Stayaway Game Fishing
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    2 days trip, starts at 6:45 AM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    Seasonal trip Dec 20 - May 31
    $1,485
    up to 4 persons / day
    Stayaway is limited to 4 anglers. You will generally fish the Bay of Islands and either up to the Cavalii islands, or down towards Tutukaka with a stay away at an old Whaling station - Whangamumu. You will have food and coffee, and tea served. The fishing gear is provided onboard. You don't need a fishing license. These fisheries are highly productive, and are home to some of the biggest game fish in the world. Pack your personal items, and take a camera. Then hop onboard, and have a blast!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Game Fishing
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:45 AM
    Seasonal trip Dec 20 - May 31
    $1,320
    up to 4 persons
    Generally leaving from Paihia or Russell wharf, you will be fishing out from the Bay of Islands and the famous Hole In The Rock. This full day private trip is great if you want to have enough time to go after game fish. The crew is experienced and know how to put you on fish. The gear is supplied, and you don't need a fishing license. You will have lunch and drinks. Wear comfortable clothes, and bring a camera. Hop onboard, and go get some big ones!
  • Private trip
    Spearfishing - Full Day
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $825
    up to 4 persons
    The Bay Of Islands offers some of the Freediving/Spearfishing waters in New Zealand with a host of target species avaliable including Red Snapper, Kingfish, Striped Marlin, Crayfish and Paua/Abalone, Green Lipped Mussels. Our full day trip will get you out to the best areas to dive and will include Lunch and a great dive platform. This is strictly for experienced Spearfishers supplying their own dive gear.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Bay of Islands Eco
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Dec 20 - May 31
    $789
    up to 4 persons
    Enjoy a tour of the wonderful Bay Of Islands! Typically, the crew will pick you up at 8 am. Then, you 'll head to Cape Brett and The Hole In The Rock. Along the way, you will visit many islands, hopefully find many schools of Dolphins in the Bay, and learn about local history. This is a great way to have complete freedom on your adventure in the Bay of Islands on your own private charter. A light lunch, tea & coffee are supplied.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Kingfish/Snapper
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Dec 20 - May 31
    $789
    up to 4 persons
    On this trip, the crew can take up a maximum of 5 anglers. You will decide what to target - Kingfish are a morning bite, so consider going after them. Then, head further out to deeper waters in the afternoon for Snapper. This is a great way to see the Bay of Islands, and get some fishing action happening at the same time. Lunch/tea/coffee are provided. The fishing gear is onboard, and you don't need a fishing license. Kids are welcome.

About the Captain

Lance Manins
Paihia, New Zealand
Angler's Choice
9 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
11 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
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!

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
Deep Sea Fishing

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
Bed

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. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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
PayPal
Bank Transfer

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.85
out of 5 stars from 11 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
Full day - great day out with AJ & Ross - thoroughly recommend
Worth every penny
Worth every penny
+4
Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
91%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
78%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Peter S.
Whangarei, NTL
 5.00
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Full day Marlin fishing trip

VERIFIED   January 3, 2019
First time ever Marlin fishing.  We chose this boat because there were just two of us and the crew, AJ and Rebecca. Fun...
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Rob G.
Auckland, Auckland
 5.00
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Captain Lance was the man

January 11, 2017
What a amazing trip, it was one of the best experiences I have ever had within my own country. I would recommend this to anyone...
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Richard S.
Orewa, Auckland
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The muppet caught a Marlin!!

May 12, 2017
This was my first trip out chasing Marlin in NZ. We hooked up to a 100Kg Blue that proceeded to pull line and dance about....
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Dennis S.
Auckland, AUK
 5.00
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Full day with Aj & Ethan

VERIFIED   April 24, 2018
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...
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Dijesh C.
Auckland, Auckland
 4.33
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Fishing with Lance

VERIFIED   January 7, 2018
Had an awesome day out! Crew were awesome and accomodating, as for Ross he’s the man! Loved his company through out the...
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