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.



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  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Private Charter
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $786
    price breakdown
    $786
    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
    6 Hour Trip – Private Charter
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $590
    price breakdown
    $590
    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
    4 Hour Trip – Snapper Slayer
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $393
    price breakdown
    $393
    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 – VIP Fishing (2 Max)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $426
    price breakdown
    $426
    **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!
  • Shared trip
    6 Hour Trip – Kingfish (Shared)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $361
    price breakdown
    $361
    Meet fellow anglers and go fishing around the Bay of Islands. On a regular day, you’ll be fishing for Jack Mackerel and other live bait. Then, you’ll head out to some deeper reefs to find Yellowtail Kingfish and Snapper. You could also be drifting over large bait schools where the diving birds are. All you need to bring is lunch and a jacket. You will find quality Shimano gear onboard. The maximum number of people fishing at once is four. Pack a camera and come join the action.
  • Shared trip
    Half Day Snapper – Shared (AM only)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $197
    price breakdown
    $197
    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.
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About the Captain

Derek Gerritsen
Paihia, New Zealand
Angler's Choice
37 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) Marlin (Black)
Marlin (Striped) Marlin (Striped)

Snapper (Pink) Snapper (Pink)
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
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers

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
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
PayPal
Bank Transfer

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.82
out of 5 stars from 37 reviews
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July fishing trip
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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
79%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
93%
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Brett M.
Sydney, New South Wales
 5.00
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6 hours king fishing

VERIFIED   November 30, 2019
Captain Derek, looked after us very well, very good personality and someone I would be proud to call mate.  The fishing...
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Brian & Jacquie Pollard
Auckland, AUK
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6 hrs trip for Kingfish and Snapper

VERIFIED   October 17, 2019
Derek is a Great, knowledgeable man that knows his stuff. Not a large boat but very good with excellent equipment. ...
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Sarel J.
Christchurch, CAN
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Son first Kingfish

VERIFIED   February 23, 2020
Coming from South Africa took my son on his second only boat trip fishing and he had his fist kingfish! Derek is great and...
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Brian D.
Auckland, AUK
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Half day trip with Captain Derek

VERIFIED   February 26, 2020
My friend and I booked a 6 hour trip targeting Kingfish and Snapper, we both caught a Kingfish and a couple of Snappers each....
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Big fish with Derek

VERIFIED   January 27, 2020
The best two days fishing with Derek @bigfish charters.. Derek you are a bloody champion! Wished we had another day...
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