Captain
Bryan Connell

Member since March 2016

Auckland, New Zealand

Background
I was born and raised in Devonport, Auckland. My Grandfather was a Merchant Seaman, and my Father loved building boats, so it was just a matter of time before I learned to sail the Hauraki Gulf off Narrow Neck Beach. Sailing was my passion until 2000 when plying for a commercial license, the need to change course to include an iron Sail "Motor Launch", and fishing to sustain more time on the water and take clients out to look at the America Cup races, then out fishing. Fishing Competitions late summer and Great Barrier trips in Winter are a must. I love the wildlife, 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 7 years now and still improving somewhere. Old is Gold and Wood is Good, and the fish seem to love swimming around her "That's for Sure".
Techniques
On Riko Riko Most of the time We use baited circle hooks and rod and reel. It is sustainable because We don't just take from the sea We give something back and in turn the fish will return come back to our shore not only hunted but feed. There is no great science to it We are not fishing for survival but because We can and love the fresh sea air and nothing beat's the taste of Fresh Fish . Love Catch and Release Love eating Fish too let's keep it Healthy for the next generation and beyond. .

Hey, I'm Captain Bryan Connell

Auckland, New Zealand
Background
I was born and raised in Devonport, Auckland. My Grandfather was a Merchant Seaman, and my Father loved building boats, so it was just a matter of time before I learned to sail the Hauraki Gulf off Narrow Neck Beach. Sailing was my passion until 2000 when plying for a commercial license, the need to change course to include an iron Sail "Motor Launch", and fishing to sustain more time on the water and take clients out to look at the America Cup races, then out fishing. Fishing Competitions late summer and Great Barrier trips in Winter are a must. I love the wildlife, 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 7 years now and still improving somewhere. Old is Gold and Wood is Good, and the fish seem to love swimming around her "That's for Sure".
Techniques
On Riko Riko Most of the time We use baited circle hooks and rod and reel. It is sustainable because We don't just take from the sea We give something back and in turn the fish will return come back to our shore not only hunted but feed. There is no great science to it We are not fishing for survival but because We can and love the fresh sea air and nothing beat's the taste of Fresh Fish . Love Catch and Release Love eating Fish too let's keep it Healthy for the next generation and beyond. .

My Charter Listings

Auckland
trips from
US$ 571

Fishing Reports

November

November 12, 2016

This month has been a great month in Spring Fishing. We are fishing out wide and noting the increase of larger snapper making their way into the Hauraki Gulf trickling through to the Waitemata. With predominant westerly winds afternoon… Read Full Report →


Last of the Summer Wine on Riko Riko

April 10, 2016

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… Read Full Report →


Auckland fishing Charters - Fishing Tri

March 13, 2016

Afternoon All, The last few weekends have been full with great weather and great fishing. The weekdays have been even better weather a lot less people out on the water but with fish everywhere. Friday to Sunday Kahawai bubbling… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

5.00 out of 5 stars from 11 reviews

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Went fishing on Saturday, February 18, 2017

Fishing was slow to start but bryan kept trying different spots until we had a good haul coming in.
He was very friendly and helpful, especially to one of the team who was on his first fishing trip.
We had the boat for 8 hours initially, but as the bite was off at the beginning, Bryan kept us out for another hour so we could make the most of the bite when it came on.
I would highly reccomend this Charter for any group wanting a great day out. Very professional and tidy.

Fished February 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, December 22, 2016

Captain Bryan is such a nice chap. Very patience and will try his best to make sure we enjoy ourselves. Do his best to find fish for us.

Fished December 2016

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Bryan Connell (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, December 30, 2016

Hi David ,
            Thanks for Your Review I hope you are having a great stay in Auckland the weather looks
real nice at the moment It was a good time on the boat even if the weather was mild Cheers Bryan

Went fishing on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

We had a fantastic day on Riko Riko. Bryan really knows the ocean well. Our friends visiting from the US were treated to a really special day out that included dolphin watching, snapper fishing and scallops to end it. Perfect!

Fished December 2015

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Went fishing on Saturday, November 12, 2016

Great day out, full bin with a friendly helpful captain. And a free coffee what more could you ask for?

Fished November 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, November 5, 2016

We have been on trips with Captain Bryan and his vessel for several years now and he is very friendly and professional in every way possible.  He is full of knowledge and always there to help when needed.  We always look forward to our next trip :-)

Fished November 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, October 8, 2016

Have been on Riko Riko many times now and have always had a fun relaxed time. Bryan is an excellent Skipper very friendly very patient and lots of fun.
This is a no pressure charter nor hard on fishos to compete with and if you have nver been fishing before don’t worry Bryan will look after you and you will catch fish.
I adore Riko Riko great boat great Skipper.

Fished October 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, April 28, 2016

I had an excellent time on this Charter, The skipper Bryan was very helpful, sharing his knowledge with us, and the Do’s and Dont’s when it comes to fishing. Best part, we caught fish to take home, I will definitely go out again with this charter.
Thanks Mate

Fished April 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, May 7, 2016

    I regularly go fishing on the Rko Riko because I find the owner/skipper helpful, particularly for those who are beginners, and also limits the number of people on the trip which means you do not get your line tangled with others lines. Also he will move if the dish are not biting and everyone has caught a few fish he may move to a new spot so that spots are not fished out.
    It is his boat and his business so he is concerned that you have a good experience and therefore he has a number of regulars, always a good sign.

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, May 7, 2016

Thanks Bryan, for yet another trip on Riko Riko. Been on yr boat a number of times and utterly enjoy the experience each time

Highly recommended

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Sunday, May 8, 2016

Awesome guy to deal with from start to the end. Very helpful with everyone on the boat. Shares his experience and skills with every one. Quick to help and shows you how to do things yourself so you can learn. The only little thing is that the time goes to quick as your having a time of your life out there.

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, April 9, 2016

Awesome day out on the Riko Riko. Would go a million times more!

Fished April 2016

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Bryan Connell (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, May 8, 2016

It’s been an Awesome Summer and Autumn fishing is better than ever hope You can Make another Trip soon Thanks Virginia !