Wildblue Charters

Wildblue Charters offers departure from Opua Marine, Paihia, and Russel, New Zealand. With them, you will get a chance to catch your trophy fish, or just catch dinner. Wildblue Charters will hook you up with those true living fossils!

Enjoy your fishing trip with Wildblue Charters aboard a 40-foot Salthouse sportsfisher boat, which comes powered by a 360 HP Volvo engine. Originally built in 1996, the vessel was restored in 2016 and can comfortably accommodate up to ten guests. It is fully rigged with Raymarine navigational electronics, which include a GPS, fish finder, VHF radio, and a radar. This vessel goes above and beyond, featuring Extended Offshore Limits with enhanced safety items such as a liferaft.

For your maximum comfort when spending your day out on the water, there are two showers, a flybridge to aid your search for the fish, a bedroom with several beds, and a kitchen with a refrigerator. What else is needed? The boat is equipped with an anchoring motor to make sure it stays rooted, an ice-box, a fighting chair for those who are up to a challenge, a live bait tank, and Tuna tubes. As well as that, the vessel is equipped with outriggers, downriggers, and centerriggers.

Depending on the season and what is biting, you will be targeting a variety of fish species, such as Mahi Mahi, King Mackerel, Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin, John Dory, Swordfish, Hapuku, Red Snapper, Yellowfin Tuna…and the list just keeps going!

The Captain and his crew are very familiar with the best techniques to land the local fish. You will be able to go for trolling, jigging, popping, drift fishing, and light and heavy tackle.

Every trip with Wildblue Charters comes inclusive with all the necessary fishing equipment to put your catch together, as well as fish cleaning and filleting. Fresh water, tea, and coffee will be offered during the trip, so you can feel free to bring your own snacks with you. Lunch can also be arranged upon request.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Three Kings Islands Bonanza
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Day Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    $1,683
    price breakdown
    $1,683
    Come and fish the Famous Three Kings Islands with us. We cover all the bases catching Giant Bass or Haupuka, Huge Kingfish, Big Marlin and The mighty Swordfish and more. Everything supplied all you need is what you wear. This is a wild and spectacular place to fish, very weather dependent but we plan to get it right and not take any undue risks. Please note in the event of bad weather we will fish North Cape and surrounding areas until weather allows the safe passage to the 3 Kings islands.
  • Private trip
    Swordfish extreme
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,650
    price breakdown
    $1,650
    The Gladiator of the seas is what they say The mighty Swordfish, probably the hardest fighting fish in the ocean These fish (Shark) are found out in deep water off the Bay of islands all year round Using deep drop methods we can take you out to the best grounds to try and catch one of these beasts Strap yourself in the fighting chair and hang on Come and test yourself and the tackle to the Maximum These trips are weather dependent so we suggest you give a three day window for best chance. Please enquire
  • Private trip
    Big game fishing full day
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 2 - Jun 30
    $1,551
    price breakdown
    $1,551
    Come and chase the big game species Striped, Blue and Black marlin Yellowfin Tuna, Skipjack tuna and more. a full day of Wildblue Adventure The Bay of islands holds the most world records for Striped marlin in the World !!
  • Private trip
    Full day Kingfish
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,287
    price breakdown
    $1,287
    Want to catch that huge 30 Kg Kingfish ? Give yourself the best chance by booking a full day chasing Kingfish with us Using Live baits or jigs, maybe a stick bait but we will find that elusive trophy Kingfish for you and your friends during a full day trip aboard "Wildblue" Fishing in all of our top hot spots like The Hole in the Rock or Waiwere Rocks Maybe up north to the Cavalii Islands, we will try our hardest to find that big one for you
  • Shared trip
    Half Day Kingfish Dawnbreaker MAX 6
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $390
    price breakdown
    $390
    This package is ideal for any angler! Take your friends and family and join the Captain on the beautiful waters of Opua to chase the best fish in the local waters. All the gear and tackle will be provided.
  • Shared trip
    Half Day Trip - Catch Your Dinner
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $198
    price breakdown
    $198
    Target John Dory, King Mackerel, Red Snapper, and many more. A very comfortable vessel, a great Captain, and his crew will look after your requirements and give you the best experience possible.
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About the Charter Operator

Wildblue Charters
Bay Of Islands, New Zealand
Angler's Choice
5 Fishing Reports
34 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since February 2017
Starting to fish when I was 5 from a warlf with a bamboo rod, I learnt to fish and catch bigger and bigger fish. Professional commercial fishing for 10 years gave me the knowledge on how to find and catch some of the worlds largest species over the years Gaining a NZ Offshore Masters ticket and marine enginneer, ensures you are in safe hands and experience that will help you catch the big ones. Being the Owner /Operator (Captain) I would like to invite you aboard to enjoy The Bay of Islands a place I am lucky enough to call Home

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Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (Striped) Marlin (Striped)

Seabass (Giant) Seabass (Giant)
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Spearfish (Shortbill) Spearfish (Shortbill)
Swordfish Swordfish

Tuna (Albacore) Tuna (Albacore)
Tuna (Skipjack) Tuna (Skipjack)
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)
Yellowtail Amberjack Yellowtail Amberjack

Boat Specs

Salthouse sportsfisher (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1996, and restored in 2016. Powered by a 360HP Volvo engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
40 ft
Capacity
10 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing
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
Drinks
First Mate
Lunch

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

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

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
Visa

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.75
out of 5 stars from 34 reviews
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
94%
Friendly captain
97%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
86%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
86%
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Mike C.
Auckland, AUK
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As an angler in the Bay of Islands you have only one thing in mind, “Big Game Fishing”. But I have to speak...
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Simon T.
Auckland, Auckland
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6hr Kingfish trip

VERIFIED   June 8, 2020
Great trip out with Trent, good Kingfish and snapper caught, 130kg mako was a scary bonus but a lot of fun, we had a ball,...
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Ian S.
New Zealand
 5.00
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6 hour kingfish trip

VERIFIED   November 7, 2019
What a day what a crew Thank you both had the best day out, and I have a story of the fish I caught not that got away...
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Dean H.
Auckland, Auckland
 5.00
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Snapper fishing

VERIFIED   January 10, 2020
Trent and Blake were great hosts. Very helpful, experienced and easy to talk to. Caught some great fish for dinner. Thanks...
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Nicky H.
Chippenham, England
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Brilliant snapper trip!

VERIFIED   January 15, 2020
Great skipper, very well kitted boat. We’d thoroughly recommend the trip!
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