asked Questions and Answers)
Q. Are both boats in the same fleet of Blue Sea
A. Yes. Both boats are designed with the fisherman in
mind to suit all needs from bottom reef type fishing
through to marlin and all various types of sportfishing.
Do all of your boats target the same fish?.
A. Not all boats. For example, "Skipper Jim" fishes
inner reefs of the Bay of Islands for local species such
as snapper, kingfish etc while we have access to other
boats certified for off shore fishing
for the likes of marlin, Hapuka/Groper and extended
coastal fishing. Anglers can choose a boat to suit their
Am I able to take an observer with me while I am fishing?
This depends on the charter at the time. For example if
you have a share basis your observer will be charged their
share of the charter costs. Charter boats have a maximum
number of persons allowed on board due to its survey
certification. If you have a full private/sole charter you
can take whoever you like so long as you don't exceed the
maximum allowable numbers on board.
Do I get to keep my catch?.
Yes. All fish belong to the angler. However, all anglers
must also abide by New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries rules
with sizes and catch quotas. Your captain will be able to
advise you at the time.
Can we tag and release?.
Yes. All captains promote and encourage tag and release.
Do your boats provide fishing gear and bait?
Yes. All our boats provide all tackle and bait. However,
you are also allowed to bring your own.
Can I fish for National and World Records?
Yes you can fish for records. However, it is very
important that you advise us at the time of reserving that
you want to fish for records so that the appropriate
tackle is provided for the species you wish to target.
When is the best time for catching Marlin in New Zealand?
The first Marlin for the New Zealand game fish season
usually gets captured late December. The considered peak
season would be from mid January to end of April early
May. On many occasions, depending on seasons this can
extend through to mid May.
Do anglers require a fishing license?
You are not required to have a license for recreational
salt water fishing here in New Zealand.