Matt Dobson

Member since August 2014

Wellington, New Zealand

Background
Captain Matt grew up in Wellington and spent his childhood years fishing for all sorts of fish. The last several years saw him run charters around the rich waters of the Bay of Islands. Having fished around Wellington for over two decades, Matt decided to start his own business, and so Black Pearl Charters came to life. "My philosophy on guiding is to get you guys out there fishing and having fun. So I have created a fishing charter that I would want to fish with if I was fishing in Wellington." Whether a seasoned angler or a novice fisherman, Captain Matt will show you the know-how of local waters. His charter brings a friendly and enjoyable time on the water.

Matt Dobson

Wellington, New Zealand
Background
Captain Matt grew up in Wellington and spent his childhood years fishing for all sorts of fish. The last several years saw him run charters around the rich waters of the Bay of Islands. Having fished around Wellington for over two decades, Matt decided to start his own business, and so Black Pearl Charters came to life. "My philosophy on guiding is to get you guys out there fishing and having fun. So I have created a fishing charter that I would want to fish with if I was fishing in Wellington." Whether a seasoned angler or a novice fisherman, Captain Matt will show you the know-how of local waters. His charter brings a friendly and enjoyable time on the water.

Our Charter Listings

Wellington
trips from
US$ 523

Fishing Reports

Summers coming

October 23, 2016

Summer fishing is starting off well this year with some great table fish starting to show up, the yellow tail kingfish have arrived and will only start to show up more over the next moth or two and snapper… Read Full Report →


Fishing heating up!

January 24, 2016

The fishing is really heating up now as summer settles in, we are catching Snapper and Kingfish as well as albacore tuna which have showed up in the last week and it's only going to get better. Read Full Report →


Summer is here!

December 14, 2015

Great session today, summers here and the Snapper and Kingfish have arrived in full force. Today we didn't just go fishing, we targeted kingfish on jigs and stray lined for snapper ... Both methods were successful - Here at… Read Full Report →


Albacore going crazy!

March 28, 2015

There have been huge numbers of Albacore Tuna around Wellington recently, just as the water starts to cool you will find they feed well just before leaving our waters. We have been towing small skirted lures on 10kg line… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.75 out of 5 stars from 4 reviews

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Went fishing on Saturday, February 25, 2017

Had a great time out on the water with Mike; he’s friendly and really easy to feel comfortable with.

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Went fishing on Monday, December 12, 2016

A little disappointed with the amount of undersized fish caught, but boys enjoyed the experience.

Fished December 2016

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Replied to this review on Friday, December 23, 2016

Great to hear the boys enjoyed there trip, with reef fishing there’s always small fish as a by catch and lots of the fish we got were of legal size but we chose to release them unharmed to get bigger. We still managed a nice amount of keepers including a great Trevally and A John Dory.


Went fishing on Saturday, February 13, 2016

Great fun - Everyone left happy after catching a lot of fish.

Fished February 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Matt really knows fishing in Wellington.  He took us to a variety of locations so that we caught a variety of fish - lots of snapper, gurnard, terakihi along with quite a few kingfish, the occasional barracuda and lots of little ones.  It wasn’t uncommon to reel in two fish, one on each hook!

Matt’s boat also gets to the locations quickly leaving more time to do what you want - fishing.  It’s really well equipped for the job and all worked.  And if you don’t want to handle that baiting of the hooks or getting the fish off them, then Matt will do that for you.

And then when we got back he filleted lots of the fish for us.  We took home many kilos of them that were delicious.

If we do another charter we’d definitely look to go with Matt again.

Fished February 2016

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