Big Fish Bay Of Islands

Big Fish Bay Of Islands takes you fishing around the rich fisheries of New Zealand. These waters are home to a variety of species, whether it’s reef fish or big game. Year-round, Capt. Derek takes you on his boat to help make your day one to remember. Whether you’re an experienced angler or a family looking for an enjoyable fishing trip, here you will find a trip to suit you.

The Bay of Islands boasts some of the most stunning fishing worldwide. Add to that an experienced captain, a long fishing season, and breath-taking views, and you got it. That’s what anglers find aboard ‘Game Fisher’. She is a 21’ Surtees 650 aluminium fishing boat with top-notch Furuno electronics. The boat is powered by a 150 HP Yamaha engine and can reach speeds of up to 30 knots. There is a small electronic flush toilet onboard, as well as two live bait tanks, and comfortable seating.

Capt. Derek has a vast fishing experience. He has been working as a charter operator for the past 30 years, but his fishing experience goes way back, to his school days. Already back then he got his first Marlin. This turned into a long streak of successful fishing trips that have taken him from Hawaii to the Great Barrier Reef.

As for the fishing, here you will find Yellowtail Kingfish, Trevally, Snapper, John Dory, available throughout the year. From June to April you can get Striped Marlin. The crew is specialized in live baiting, mechanical jigging, soft baits, cut baits, and IGFA record fishing.

The fishing grounds are not far from the dock, and you’ll be fishing within 30 minutes of the departure, depending on the weather conditions. The trips will take you between 8 to 10 miles, or even closer. No need to fare far offshore with all the game fish swimming nearby.

When you come fishing with Big Fish Bay Of Islands, it’s all about enjoyment and nice time on the water, plus learning. You need to pack a camera, and a jacket. Quality Shimano gear is waiting for you onboard.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Shared trip
    Half Day Snapper – Shared (AM only)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $194
    This is a morning departure only trip with a maximum of only 4 persons on board. It is a shared trip to fish for Snapper and other bottom dwellers. You may also catch John dory, Kahawai and Trevally. A great way to see the bay and learn some new fishing techniques, an ideal trip for the novice angler. All gear is supplied, just bring adequate sun protection and a fantastic attitude.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – VIP Fishing (2 Max)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $421
    **2 people max** If you want to pamper yourself and enjoy fishing in these rich fisheries, this package is perfect for you. The boat is yours, and you can add another fellow angler. Then go chase the fish of your dreams! Whether it’s some massive Snapper or the Almighty Yellow tail Kingfish it’s up to you. The crew is specialized in live baiting, mechanical jigging, soft baits, cut baits and IGFA record fishing. Pack your camera, and come along!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Snapper Slayer
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $388
    Snapper fishing is exciting no matter how experienced you are. Come onboard and go chase these massive tasty fish. You could also get Trevally, John Dory, Kahawai, and many other reef species. Not only that, but you will also see a rich wildlife of the area. Prepare your camera to get a nice shot of dolphins, whales, and the stunning scenery. The crew will tutor you to help you snatch a tasty dinner. It’s a nice family activity.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Private Charter
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $615
    If you want to have a great day out with your family or fishing mates, get a whole boat to yourselves and go fishing with the experienced crew. You will get top notch Shimano gear and there is Furuno electronics onboard as well. You can fish for Snapper, Kingfish, John Dory, Trevally, and more. The trip can take you between 8 and 10 miles and you will be fishing within 30 minutes. Grab your camera and come along! Lunch can be requested.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Private Charter
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $906
    If you want to have a great day out with your family or fishing mates, get a whole boat to yourselves and go fishing with the experienced crew. You will get top notch Shimano gear and there is Furuno electronics onboard as well. You can fish for Snapper, Kingfish, John Dory, Trevally, and more. The trip can take you between 8 and 10 miles and you will be fishing within 30 minutes. Grab your camera and come along! Lunch can be requested.
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About the Captain

Derek Gerritsen
Paihia, New Zealand
65 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since November 2017
Captain Derek runs fishing trips around the rich waters of the Bay of Islands. His vast experience in the area will be of great help if you want to land a memorable catch here and enjoy your day on the water. Derek grew up in Paihia and got into fishing at an early age. He fished for Marlin while he was still in school. He spent a great deal of his childhood going rock fishing and diving. He also worked as a guide. Capt. Derek worked for a decade for the second oldest gamefish club in the world - Bay of Islands Swordfish Club. His skills took him to the management level. Derek knows a lot about the local fishing grounds. He has fished around the world, landing Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, Marlin, and more during the years. From Hawaii to the Great Barrier Reef, he’s fished with success. Add to the years of experience of crewing on many well-known vessels around the Bay of Islands, and you’ll understand why so many repeat customers come onboard with Capt. Derek.

About this listing

Targeted Species

John Dory John Dory
Kahawai Kahawai
Marlin (Black) Black Marlin
Marlin (Striped) Striped Marlin

Snapper (Pink) Pink Snapper
Tarakihi Tarakihi
Yellowtail Amberjack Yellowtail Amberjack

Boat Specs

Surtees 650 (Aluminum fishing) originally built in 2017. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Spearfishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Furuno Tx2 Touch
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Furuno Tx2 Touch
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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
8+ is advised
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
PayPal
Bank Transfer

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 65 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Caught my PB Snapper!
Half Day trip with Derek
Captain Derek wrestling a big bronze Shark!!
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Angler Rating
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100%
Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
86%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
91%
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David S.
Auckland, Auckland
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Snapper slayer trip

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Snapper Slayer on December 28, 2021
Best fishing experience ever! Family had the best time here in the BOI on this trip. Captain Dereck is a top bloke,super knowledgeable...
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Lois J.
Whangarei, Northland
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Fantastic value and a great time had by all!

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – VIP Fishing (2 Max) on October 1, 2021
We can’t praise Captain Derek enough for making this 6hr day trip out from Paihia an absolute pleasure for us. We caught...
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Tim R.
Mantua Township, NJ
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Dreamtrip come true!

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – VIP Fishing (2 Max) on February 21, 2022
What an amazing experience a dream come true and one ticked off the bucket list. A awesome memory for myself and my...
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Jacqui H.
Whangarei, Northland
Excellent
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Hal day with Derrick

VERIFIED   Half Day Snapper – Shared (AM only) on April 11, 2022
Awesome morning out with my dad, sister and daughter caught live bait which was fun and then out to catch Snapper didn’t...
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Yalan M.
New Zealand
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4-hour trip with Captain Derek

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Snapper Slayer on April 25, 2022
Captain Derek gave my five-year-old son his first fishing experience and it was everything a little boy could hope for, with...
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FAQs about Big Fish Bay Of Islands

Big Fish Bay Of Islands offers the following trips to customers:
  • NZ $150 per person - Half Day Snapper – Shared (AM only) (4 hours)
  • NZ $550 per group, additional NZ $100 per person after 1 guest - 6 Hour Trip – VIP Fishing (2 Max) (6 hours)
  • NZ $600 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Snapper Slayer (4 hours)
  • NZ $950 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Private Charter (6 hours)
  • NZ $1,400 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Private Charter (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Big Fish Bay Of Islands, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS (Furuno Tx2 Touch)
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Big Fish Bay Of Islands include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Catch cleaning & filleting

Big Fish Bay Of Islands offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing

Big Fish Bay Of Islands offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Spearfishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Big Fish Bay Of Islands include:
  • John Dory
  • Kahawai
  • Marlin (Black)
  • Marlin (Striped)
  • Snapper (Pink)
  • Tarakihi
  • Yellowtail Amberjack