Captain
Bryan Connell

Member since March 2016 Auckland, New Zealand
Background
I love the wildlife, so I dive when I can and fish as much as possible. I have skippered many Charter Vessels since "Riko Riko", both big and small, but she has been in my care for 12 years now and I'm still improving in places. Old is Gold and Wood is Good, and the fish seem to love swimming around her, that's for sure.
Techniques
Most of the time we use baited circle hooks and rod and reel fishing. It's sustainable because we don't just take from the sea, but give something back. In turn, the fish will return come back to our shore not only hunted but fed. There is no great science to it, we are not fishing for survival but because we can and because we love the fresh sea air. Of course, nothing beats the taste of fresh fish so let's keep it healthy for the next generation and beyond.

Hey, I'm Captain Bryan Connell

Auckland, New Zealand
Background
I love the wildlife, so I dive when I can and fish as much as possible. I have skippered many Charter Vessels since "Riko Riko", both big and small, but she has been in my care for 12 years now and I'm still improving in places. Old is Gold and Wood is Good, and the fish seem to love swimming around her, that's for sure.
Techniques
Most of the time we use baited circle hooks and rod and reel fishing. It's sustainable because we don't just take from the sea, but give something back. In turn, the fish will return come back to our shore not only hunted but fed. There is no great science to it, we are not fishing for survival but because we can and because we love the fresh sea air. Of course, nothing beats the taste of fresh fish so let's keep it healthy for the next generation and beyond.

My Charter Listing

Riko Boat Charters – Riko Riko

Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 48 reviews
Auckland
trips from $949

Fishing Reports

Last of the Summer Wine on Riko Riko
Last of the Summer Wine on Riko Riko
Apr 10, 2016 Auckland
Morning All, Last week's fishing is still bowling on as Summer is never ending,and the weather is relatively calm and apart from a shower on Sunday to remind us Autumn is just round the corner. We are getting smacked around by the large kahawai everyday the bigger size snapper do take a while to show up through the other schools of fish and as the temp is 20 degrees they are still relatively close inshore. On Sunday we had so many lines breaking off from Kahawai, Kingfish and the odd Shark I had to go down to using one Hook rigs. Didn't slow down the hook up rate just made it a lot easier to bring fish in and control around Riko Riko. Consider the pro's you can concentrate on one bait the smaller fish don't get to dominate for so long. With our modern lifestyle we expect everything to turn on when we turn up. Hyper programmes amp you up so much you just have to turn yourself off and get tuned in to reality. Fishing requires a platform and patience is the key that moves that platform toward bigger fish.. Timing and Season helps it all turn as well There is no magic mushroom that separates small from big sometimes where the food is the fish are Big and Small you just have to experience the day to enjoy it There have been massive tidal flow this week due to king tides hopefully next week will be less. Also it may pay to bring bigger plastic bags as some fish don't fit in a supermarket bags! This week I have 3 spaces left on Thursday 14th April 10am start Also plenty of space this Saturday 16th April TBA, Sunday 17th April 10am start. Have a great week Everybody

Customer Reviews

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Great day with Riko Riko and Captain Bryan
Great day with Riko Riko and Captain Bryan
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Good experience
98%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Great day with Riko Riko and Captain Bryan

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip (6–10 pax) on December 30, 2019
Chartered an 8hour trip with Captain Bryan and had a great time. Bryan was super knowledgeable of the area and brought us fishing...
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Sydney, NSW
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Fishing with Bryan

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip (6–10 pax) on March 19, 2019
I cant speak more hiilly of Brian . I rang bryan on the 15th March ,a day after my previous booking had been cancelled ....
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Tauranga, BOP
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Amazing day!

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip (6–10 pax) on January 12, 2020
We went for a day fishing trip with Bryan and had a great time. Took our boys (5 and 7 years old) and they said it was the...
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Chris O.
Auckland, Auckland
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Millennium Day trip with Captain Bryan

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip (6–10 pax) on December 12, 2018
we had a fantastic day on Riko Riko and could not have asked for a better skipper than Bryan. The boat RIKO RIKO is a fantastic...
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Auckland, Auckland
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Whakawhanaungatanga

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip (6–10 pax) on February 5, 2018
Other friends on other boats got no fish that day. Bryan will help you catch fish. We caught fish all day. At times we were...
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