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’ Senator aluminum fishing boat that can comfortably carry up to 6 guests. Newly built in 2016, the boat offers a safe and steady fishing platform and a cruising speed of 30 knots. It comes equipped with the latest Raymarine electronics and navigational equipment, a livewell, and 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.

The captain can also provide you with high-quality fishing tackle to give you the very best chance of pulling in something special. You can rent a rod for NZ$20 per person, while bait, berley, and ice can be provided at NZ$25 per person per day.

Captain Mike knows the waters he guides like nobody else. Book a trip with him and he’ll work tirelessly to make sure you leave at the end of the day with huge smiles, great memories, and 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
    $1,155
    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! If you would like rods and tackle provided, this is available for NZ$20 per person, and bait/berley/ice can be provided at NZ$25 per person per day.
  • Private trip
    Full Day–Mokohinaus
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $975
    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. If you would like rods and tackle provided, this is available for NZ$20 per person, and bait/berley/ice can be provided at NZ$25 per person per day.
  • Private trip
    Full Day–Hen & Chickens Islands
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $722
    Spend the whole day out towards Taranga Island landing prize Snapper and Kahawai among the beautiful surroundings of this nature reserve. If you would like rods and tackle provided, they are available for NZ$20 per person, and bait/berley/ice can be provided at NZ$25 per person per day.
  • Private trip
    Half Day—Hen & Chickens Island (AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $469
    Spend your morning enjoying the scenery and the abundant sea life of Taranga Island. This trip is ideal for beginner anglers looking to catch one of Taranga’s most iconic species including Hapuka and Kahawai. Rods are available for rental at NZ$20 per person, bait/berley/ice can be provided at NZ$25 per person per day.
  • Private trip
    Half Day—Hen & Chickens Island (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $469
    On this 5 hour charter, you will head out to Taranga Island, the largest of the Hen and Chickens Islands. With its abundant sea life, Taranga is an ideal spot for catching that prize Snapper or enjoying the excitement of catching Kahawai without having to travel too far. Rods are available for rental at NZ$20 per person, bait/berley/ice can be provided at NZ$25 per person per day.
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About the Captain

Mike Leese
Mangawhai Heads, New Zealand
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22 Customer Reviews
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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
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Live Bait

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) 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.
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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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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VERIFIED   Full Day–Hen & Chickens Islands on January 25, 2021
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VERIFIED   Half Day—Hen & Chickens Island (AM) on January 6, 2021
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VERIFIED   Half Day—Hen & Chickens Island (AM) on 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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January fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day—Hen & Chickens Island (AM) on January 3, 2020
Thanks to [email protected] we had a great and successful day on the water.  We appreciated his attention to our safety, whilst...
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March fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day—Hen & Chickens Island (AM) on March 17, 2018
A great day out to the Hen and Chicken Islands. The boat steamed along at an impressive pace, was comfortable dry and stable....
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FAQs about Fishmeister Charters

Fishmeister Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • NZ $650 per group, additional NZ $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day—Hen & Chickens Island (AM) (5 hours)
  • NZ $650 per group, additional NZ $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day—Hen & Chickens Island (PM) (5 hours)
  • NZ $1,000 per group, additional NZ $50 per person after 4 guests - Full Day–Hen & Chickens Islands (8 hours)
  • NZ $1,350 per group, additional NZ $50 per person after 4 guests - Full Day–Mokohinaus (8 hours)
  • NZ $1,600 per group, additional NZ $100 per person after 4 guests - Full Day–Great Barrier Island (9 hours)

When you book a trip with Fishmeister Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Fishmeister Charters include:
  • Live Bait (when available)

Fishmeister Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing

Fishmeister Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Fishmeister Charters include:
  • Gurnard
  • Hapuka
  • John Dory
  • Kahawai
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Snapper (Pink)
  • Tarakihi
  • Trevally (Silver)