Fishmeister Charters

Fishmeister Charters welcomes anglers young and old aboard for an amazing day on the water, targeting a wide range of food and table species, with the emphasis always being on making sure everyone has fun, whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned veteran.

The “Fishmeister” is a 26 ft Senator aluminium fishing boat which can comfortably carry up to 6 guests. Newly built in 2016, the boat offers a safe and steady fishing platform, and cruises at a respectable 30 knots, meaning you will waste no time getting to where you need to be.

The vessel comes equipped with the latest Raymarine electronics and navigational equipment to make sure you are fishing in the right place, a livewell to keep your bait fish fresh, and high quality fishing tackle to give you the very best chance of pulling in something special. The boat also has a toilet for extra convenience on longer trips.

Where and what you will be fishing depends entirely on the trip you choose. Fishmeister Charters offers anything from half day stints to the Hen and Chickens Islands targeting delicious table fish such as Pink Snapper and John Dory, to full day adventures all the way out to Great Barrier Island, targeting a huge range of species including Hapuka, King Mackerel (Kingfish), Silver Trevally and more.

Captain Mike Leese has over 30 years of experience fishing New Zealand’s waters, and has dedicated the last decade to fishing the Great Barrier and Mokohinau Islands. He knows the waters he guides like nobody else, and will work tirelessly on every trip to make sure you leave at the end of the day with huge smiles and great memories, as well as delicious fish!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day - Great Barrier Island
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,016
    up to 4 persons
    + $64
    each additional person
    This is our absolute favourite location both in terms of fishing and scenery. Target a huge range of species in the area, and enjoy the stunning views the island has to offer!
  • Private trip
    Full Day - Mokohinaus
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $857
    up to 4 persons
    + $32
    each additional person
    Head out early to the Mokohinaus jig, troll, strayline, stick and soft bait for a variety of species. The best techniques vary with the condition and time of year, and your skipper will advise you on what will be most effective.
  • Private trip
    Full Day - Hen & Chickens Islands
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $635
    up to 4 persons
    + $32
    each additional person
    Spend the whole day out towards Taranga Island landing prize Snapper and Kahawai among the beautiful surroundings of this nature reserve.
  • Private trip
    Half Day—Hen & Chickens Island (AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $413
    up to 4 persons
    + $32
    each additional person
    On this 5 hour charter, you will head out to Taranga Island, right in front of us as we leave the harbour and over the Mangawhai bar. One of the Hen & Chickens group of islands, located around halfway between Bream Head and Bream Tail, The island is a nature reserve and sea life around is abundant. This is an ideal spot for catching that prize Snapper, or enjoying the excitement of catching Kahawai without having to travel too far.
  • Private trip
    Half Day—Hen & Chickens Island (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $413
    up to 4 persons
    + $32
    each additional person
    On this 5 hour charter, you will head out to Taranga Island, right in front of us as we leave the harbour and over the Mangawhai bar. One of the Hen & Chickens group of islands, located around halfway between Bream Head and Bream Tail, The island is a nature reserve and sea life around is abundant. This is an ideal spot for catching that prize Snapper, or enjoying the excitement of catching Kahawai without having to travel too far.
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About the Captain

Mike Leese
Mangawhai Heads, New Zealand
Angler's Choice
ID & License verified
19 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since May 2017
I moved Mangawhai Heads with my family in late 2015, providing an opportunity to invest in a business that represents my true passion of fishing, diving and the great outdoors. I have been boating and fishing in New Zealand for over 30 years and among fishing friends I am known as “The Master”, hence the company name “Fishmeister”. Fishmeister is the fourth boat I have owned and it was custom built in 2016 to ensure optimal fishing space for customers. For the past ten years, the majority of my fishing has focussed on the Great Barrier and Mokohinau Islands and I know this territory well. As customer safety is paramount to me, I have supplemented my many years of boating experience with a New Zealand Certificate in Domestic Maritime Operations qualification approved by Maritime NZ. I'm also a qualified first aider, marine radio operator and engineer - you're in safe hands.

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Targeted Species

Gurnard Gurnard
Hapuka Hapuka
John Dory John Dory
Kahawai Kahawai

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Snapper (Pink) Snapper (Pink)
Tarakihi Tarakihi
Trevally (Silver) Trevally (Silver)

Boat Specs

Senator (Aluminum fishing) originally built in 2016. Powered by a 250HP Honda engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
26 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System

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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
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

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.84
out of 5 stars from 19 reviews
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
89%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
88%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
83%
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Tony J.
Auckland, AUK
 5.00
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Sick as a dog but all worked out in the end

VERIFIED   December 31, 2019
Given the opportunity to stay close to shore or go out to the islands, we went out. The wind picked up and turned my stomach...
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Sean O.
Whangarei, Northland
 5.00
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Waitangi fishing

VERIFIED   NEW  February 7, 2020
Mike was an awesome skipper, safe & friendly. We caught plenty of fish & had a pod of dolphins chasing the boat! Mike...
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Sam Y.
Auckland, Auckland
 5.00
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Half day trip with Cap Mike

VERIFIED   January 11, 2020
This is the second time I’m on Mike’s boat. We caught quite few fish. mao mao, some decent size trevally and some leather...
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Paula W.
Auckland, AUK
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January fishing trip

VERIFIED   January 3, 2020
Thanks to [email protected] we had a great and successful day on the water.  We appreciated his attention to our safety,...
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Stephanus C.
Auckland, AUK
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Full day; Hen & Chicks Island

VERIFIED   December 29, 2019
Most enjoyable charter. Mike is an outstanding skipper and an extremely pleasant person. Very professional charter with no...
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