Major Tom Adventures

From delicious Snappers to majestic Marlin, north New Zealand has it all. Come and get your hands on this range of exciting fish with Major Tom Adventures. Whether you’re a family looking to try out a new hobby, or an avid angler going for that trophy catch, Captain Hamish Paterson has you covered.

An avid angler since childhood, Capt. Hamish has always been passionate about fishing. He fished commercially before dedicating his life to running charters, and so knows exactly what it takes to attract and land the biggest fish out there. Along with his first mate, he promises to use all his skills and expertise to make sure you get what you want out of your trip with him.

The monster 40’ Don Senior offshore sport fishing vessel has space for up to 12 guests, and 8 of you can fish at the same time on the spacious deck. The boat also comes fitted with a comfortable cabin, boasting bunks, a bathroom, and a kitchen, featuring an oven, microwave, and barbecue. Make yourself at home on board, and live the life of luxury on the open waters!

No stone is left unturned when it comes to fishing. Capt. Hamish provides the latest rods and reels, and you’ll have plenty of live bait to attract the bite of your target fish. Meanwhile, the trolling lines will do their job from the outriggers, and you’ll have a fighting chair at your disposal to give you the edge over whatever’s biting.

You’ll need all the help you can get as you battle it out with Snappers, Mahi Mahi, Kingfish, Marlin, Tuna, Spearfish, and even Sharks. Get ready for a serious workout to hook any of these beauties aboard as you go after the catch of a lifetime. At the end of your trip, the first mate will even clean and fillet your catch for you to take back to shore.

From start to finish, you’ll have nothing to worry about as the dedicated crew takes care of you throughout. Major Tom Adventures promises the full fishing experience, so come and discover in some of the world’s most underrated waters in style!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip (MAX 6)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,280
    price breakdown
    $1,280
    Up to 6 guests are welcome aboard for this mammoth fishing trip that will see you go after some true big game trophies. Get ready to have your hands full in the deep waters, as you target monsters such as Tuna, Marlin, and many other Billfish. Each of these beasts are famed all over the world for their game qualities, and you'll need to be on your best to reel in these monsters, but when you do the feeling is like nothing you've ever experienced before.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Kingfish Adventure
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 13 - Mar 13 (Fri)
    $608
    price breakdown
    $608
    Spending that extra couple of hours on the water will give you the chance to hit the spots where tough-fighting Kingfish live. On the way out, you'll catch live bait, before settling in at the "Kingy spot," and getting your fish on. Hop up to the flybridge and watch the action from above before taking over. Get your fish on like never before and get ready to test your strength to fill the boat with these prized creatures.
  • Shared trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $406
    price breakdown
    $406
    Spending that extra couple of hours on the water will give you the chance to hit the spots where tough-fighting Kingfish live. On the way out, you'll catch live bait, before settling in at the "Kingy spot," and getting your fish on. Hop up to the flybridge and watch the action from above before taking over. Get your fish on like never before and get ready to test your strength to fill the boat with these prized creatures.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $192
    price breakdown
    $192
    Don't waste a second of the day and get out on the water first thing in the morning to go after some tough-fighting and delicious Snappers. Spend 4 hours going after these beauties, as you test your skills and strength like never before. If you're a beginner, then the crew will help bait your hook, while pros can focus on filling the boat. There's something for everyone aboard, so settle in for a thrilling morning out.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $192
    price breakdown
    $192
    If you don't like getting up early, but love fishing for exciting and delicious Snappers, then why not hop aboard a 4-our afternoon charter? Your professional captain and first mate will help teach you the ropes, or let you free to land as many exciting fish as you can. Get ready for a thrilling time aboard, with everything provided, as you focus on the fishing and the stunning scenery around you. **Deckhand will be joining if the trip has more than 4 people.
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About the Captain

Hamish Paterson
Russell, New Zealand
37 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since August 2014
Hamish has worked on charter fishing boats in Milford Sound, dive boats in Wellington, and jet boats in Queenstown. An experienced skipper and fisherman. Recently taken over Major Tom II he is plying his skills in the Bay of Islands. He has already notched up some impressive fish and his customers receive an adventure of a life time.

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Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
John Dory John Dory
Marlin (Black) Marlin (Black)
Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)

Marlin (Striped) Marlin (Striped)
Shark (Mako) Shark (Mako)
Snapper (Pink) Snapper (Pink)
Spearfish (Longbill) Spearfish (Longbill)

Swordfish Swordfish
Tuna (Skipjack) Tuna (Skipjack)
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)
Yellowtail Amberjack Yellowtail Amberjack

Boat Specs

Don Senior (Flybridge) originally built in 1987, and restored in 1996. Powered by 2 315HP Cummins engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
40 ft
Capacity
12 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

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

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
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

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

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
Checks
Bank Transfer

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.43
out of 5 stars from 37 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
Helpful captain~Only fish of the day.
Not the biggest Kahawai but a huge smile!
R&R Weekend
+22
Angler Rating
28
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
89%
Friendly captain
90%
Recommend this charter
92%
Appropriate for children
82%
Satisfied with the boat
83%
Catch intended fish
68%
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Mike F.
Auckland, Auckland
 5.00
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Afternoon trip with Major Tom

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (PM) on January 6, 2021
We had a really good afternoon out on the water with Hamish the skipper on Major Tom.  Even though the boat was not fully...
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Samantha R.
Auckland, AUK
 5.00
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R&R Weekend

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on November 28, 2020
Captain Hamish was awesome. Picked us up from the Copthorne Resort and Hotel which was very convenient. Great morning fishing...
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Murray C.
Palmerston North, MWT
 5.00
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Half day trip with Hamish

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (PM) on January 7, 2021
Was great just pity we didn’t catch much fish this day . Hamish was great
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Zane S.
Whangarei, Northland
 5.00
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Half Day Afternoon

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on October 6, 2020
Awesome day out with my wife & 2 young kids, both Hamish & Aaron were amazing with the kids, will definitely be recommending...
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Shel M.
Whangarei, NTL
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Half day snapper

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on September 14, 2020
The captain and deck hand were amazing they showed us new fishing techniques gave us great coffee and we got a chilly bin ...
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