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!
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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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.
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Member since May 2014
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Went fishing on 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 and all we had to do was catch fish
Fished April 2018Fished April 24, 2018Dennis Swney recommends El Donna Sportfishing
Went fishing on February 21, 2018
Great day but no Marlin. No other boats got any. One of those days.
Fished February 2018Fished February 21, 2018Allan Kelly recommends El Donna Sportfishing
Went fishing on 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 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 2018Fished January 7, 2018Dijesh Chhotu recommends El Donna Sportfishing
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