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Skipper Jim
(The Snapper Catcher)
Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Captain Rick welcomes you aboard Skipper Jim - the snapper catcher

Skipper Jim: is ideal for all fishing people including family groups with small children


The Boat: Purpose built by a fisherman to catch fish. Enjoy the stability of a catamaran, which has a comfortable lounge and spacious cockpit with GPS and colour fish finder and toilet facilities.


The Tackle: All tackle and bait are provided. You are welcome to  bring your own if you prefer.


Fish We Target: Snapper  and all reef fishing


Areas We Fish: Nine Pin * Cape Brett * Middle Reef * Bird Rock * The Capstan * Black Rocks * Whale Rock


Anglers on Board: "Skipper Jim" is licensed for up to a maximum of 10 anglers on board.


Departure Times: 9.00am and 2.00pm


Wharves: We pick up anglers from Paihia and Russell Piers


Snapper trips.
Departing---9am till 1pm
Departing---2.00pm until 6.00pm

All our adult snapper trips are $140.00 per angler including bait and rods.

Sole Charters
For Sole Charters,--Hapuka Fishing--Group bookings and Children rates please inquire.

We also do all day combined Haupuka, Kingfish and Snapper trips. Contact us for further details


Phone: 09-4027-071 - Mobile: 021-556-712


Family Groups and Sole Charters - Times to suit - Please contact us for a price

Hi Just wanted to say thanks for the fantastic time we had aboard Skipper Jim. Off all the experiences we tried while on holiday in New Zealand, your fishing trip was defiantly the best fun and the best value for money. All the fish we caught were a real bonus and kept our friends going for the rest of our stay in Paihia. More Testimonials >>>

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The One That Got Away
Paul Campbell

We've all heard about that big fish that didn't make it to the boat. Well, sometimes it's true.

A group of us recently ventured out in the Bay of Island's with Eddie Brooks Blue Sea Charters, on one of those halcyon days when rainfall worries are pushed to the back of your mind.

There were six aboard 'Skipper Jim' out of Paihia and 40 minutes out boat skipper Andrew McKinnon put us on a good spot.

Keen Kaipara-based fishermen, Gary 'Gravy' Greaves and Andrew Kenny were armed with their own rods and were soon over the side, with Andrew K soon hauling in a good sized snapper. Then my rod assumed a boomerang shape and the tussle was on.

'Shark' I thought at first, but the crew reckoned it was a big kingi. Probably right as each time it neared the surface it went away again, until it found the anchor rope after about 15minutes of fun. Typical kingi trick. End end of story.

But it was a huge day out and a weary party that re-docked in Pahia with a good feed of snapper to share and take home - obligingly filleted to order on board.

That evening, fellow writer, Adrian Blackburn and I checked out the town. Tourist with a capital T pretty much sums it up, but with a good kiwi flavour too. Restaurants for all tastes and budgets, and friendly boutique bars here and there. A good place for a holiday off the farm with tons to do and still stay close to home.

On the west coast of Northland there have been some bumper snapper catches and down in the Kaipara, the King of the Kaipara contest out of Kelly's Bay attracted record entries last month. At weigh-in time, the fish caught testified to the wide variety that can be caught on any one day in this huge harbour. Trevally, kingfish, gurnard, snapper and kahawai were there aplenty.

Deckie Fabian, Gravy, Andrew Kenny and boat skipper Andrew McKinnon deal to the first of many fish from the chilly-bin of the Bay of Island's `catch

Our captains are experienced in targeting -
Snapper * Terakihi * Trevally * Kahawai * Kingfish * Shark * Marlin * Tuna *

If you are planning a New Zealand fishing holiday in the Bay of Islands and need our advice on the best times to come, where to stay or any other local information please don't hesitate to contact us.

For reservations or further information please contact
Blue Sea Charters



Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Phone: 09-4027-071 - Mobile: 021-556-712


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