Fishing Testimonials and Articles
Good morning Eddie,
A big thank you for the enjoyable time had with Graham, Andrew
and your great team Hamish & Nick.
Was neat to meet Ashley, and I hope that we all get a chance to
catch up again sometime soon. We had King fish slabs for dinner
last evening and they were bloody beaut.
Please pass my thanks on to your crew and a big thanks to Ash
Thanks for everything mate
Warwick & Jacky Edward
Eddie and Marje,
Thanks so much for a great trip. My wife and I and our three
children had a fantastic morning. The crew of the Splash were
extremely helpful in keeping our hooks well-baited. We certainly
caught our fair share of snapper, which we ate that night on the
BBQ in our apartment.
We have recommended your charter to many people since our return
The Inwood Family
We had a great time on our fishing trip, thank you. The action
was slow to begin with but picked up i the second spot. The
weather was glorious and the fish were biting. I had two big
catches, which means I am winning the size does matter fishing
competition in our household! I attach a photo of this for you
Many Thanks for a great trip
Yesterday I was lucky enough to jump on one of your fishing
with my girlfriend and her niece which was booked through Jan at
I just want to shoot you a quick email to commend you on a great
trip and to
thank both Shane and Lyle for taking care of us and especially
me my PB's for my Tarakihi's I caught yesterday. Fried a couple
and they were excellent .
I added some pictures from the trip I took out with your
charters and also
thrown up a blog which is combined with the ExploreNZ trip I did
This is the blog address if you would like to check it out and
also the link
to the facebook pictures are below.
All the best with the rest of the season and hopefully see you
time I'm up this way.
I would just like to say thank you. I had a great time on both
boats, but today I got bragging rights :-).
Great guys on both boats.
Thought you may like these photos. And have a safe & Happy New
Hello, we had a lovely time on Sat am and my mum loved it. Here
are the photos, in case you need new ones. Might be coming with
you again soon. Hope she will still get the pensioners discount.
Andrew was very patient and does a good job.
Hi Eddy, trip was great (as photo’s testify) thought you may
like these photo’s - Same old story catching tiddlers then Sinya
my 10 year old niece starts moaning that she has a snag – Bugger
me an 18lb snapper! 10 Minutes later the same thing but this
time it’s a 19lb snapper – needless to say we put them back in
the sea as they are over 80 years of age (and taste like shit
anyway) look at her face she is terrified.
As requested here are some photos of the fishing.
Thanks to Andrew for showing Shane where to catch fish – look
forward to dealing with you
FURLONG + ASSOCIATES
I forget names but thanks for a terrific afternoon fishing
on the Skipper Jim
Tony & Bridget
Thanks again for another outstanding trip, even no I was sick as
a dog…But would like to thank you and shane the skipper and des
, every time he just puts us on the spot every time…
So thanks very much and we will see you again real soon I’m
I am pleased to send you some photo of our wonderfull fishing
party end of December 2009,
It is my 10 years old daughter "sinya", which catched 2 huges
We still proud because we put them back in the sea ....
Family NARBEY, French side
We arrived home yesterday, after our lovely holiday, the
highlight being our day fishing with you. Here are a few photos,
Thanks again for a great morning.
Jan and Derek Pope - Australia
Thanks for a great day mate
You are a professional at what you do. Will definatly pass
around the Blue Sea Charters name to anyone I know heading to
Thanks again for taking Korie and I out on your Kingfishing
charter last Sunday and again we appreciate you making sure we
got out on the water when there were only the 2 of us.
We had an awesome day even thou the weather drizzled a bit, I
soon forgot when the fish started biting and especially when I
hauled in my 22kg Kingfish much to Kories dismay. Kories keen to
get back up there soon to beat my catch size...beaten by a
woman is not the best thing for a mans ego...haha
Thanks again Eddy and I have attached a few photos if you wish
to put on the website.
Myself, David, Simon Harrop and the guys from crane and hoist
just did a hapuka & kingi trip with you on Sunday 1st June
aboard Splash!, I would personally like to thank you for a
awesome trip, and a big thank you to Shane the Skipper, his
knowledge and experience out showed any other skipper I have
have had the pleasure of fishing with...And made for a fantastic
days fishing, not to mention learning some great techniques..
We defiantly will be back and will recommend to all our fisho
mates here in Auckland...
Thanks again for one of my best fishing trips to date!!!
Attached some photos.
Great day had by all on Blue Sea charters, thanks to Eddie,
Shane and Cody.
Cody is the
My family and I had a
great day fishing on your boat Splash back in November.
I’ve attached a photo of my daughter and her catch. It
was nearly as big as her! ...
Eddie and/or Marjorie
I would like to thank you sincerely for the
excellent time we had on Sunday afternoon, 5 April
on ‘Skipper Jim’ under the guidance of Andrew and
his ‘first mate’. I highly commend this team on
being polite and friendly hosts with passenger
safety first and foremost. Our fishing was excellent
with quite a bit being landed by the three of us and
was worth every single cent we spent. It was also a
pleasure to be able to walk on and walk off with out
smelling like a burley bucket afterwards. Please
pass on our thanks to the guys again.
Hi there guys,
Just a quick note to thank you very much for
the enjoyable fishing trips you put on for
Both the Snapper trip and the Kingfish trip
were magnificent. The staff and the
hospitality were really great.
Attached are some photos from the kingfish
These two trips made our whole NZ trip
Andrew Zervides and family
Many thanks for taking both Dave & I out on a
fishing trip – we had a excellent morning with
Andrew on Skipper Jim.
We even reckon that we should be able to catch
snapper again – we’ll see – though the following
weekend we did catch some Hapuka in the outer
Marlborough sounds area – so who knows maybe!
However – you
will certainly see us back again one day to try our
luck with fishing in the Bay.
pass on our thanks to Andrew for being a great
Thankyou very much for the enjoyable and successful
charter that Tony, Bob, Bruce and I had last
Wednesday. We will definitely recommend Blue Seas
Charters to any of our friends who are going to Paihia/Russell
Could you please pass onto Kit our thanks. He worked
very hard to make our trip successful under pretty
ordinary weather and fishing conditions. I have been
on numerous charters over the years in Australia, and I
don't think I have had a keener, friendlier or better
Thanks for the fantastic days fishing we had last week.
Your boat was fantastic, your crew really knew their stuff and
put us on to some good size fish, and the weather was fine as
well, so it was a perfect day.
We took your advice and stayed at the
Falls Resort . What a fantastic place, the location is
wonderful with the views of the falls and the rooms were the
best we have stayed in on our trip around New Zealand. Henry and
Jan couldn't do enough for us to make our stay enjoyable.
We plan on returning next year and will defiantly book another
trip with you
Lee and Jan Boultek (Holland)
Hi Eddie,didn't get
to see you on the week end.Would just like thank you guys.We had
a fantastic day out on Splash.
Shane and Ted were great,very professional and excellent company
as well.Best day's fishing I have had.My son's and friends
couldn't thank me enough for taking them up to the Bay.We are
already planning to make this at least an annual event.All the
best to your family and staff for the future.
Best regards for now Merv Mitchell
NEW ZEALAND is an island country surrounded by bountiful seas.
It stands to reason that it has some of the best seafood in the
world, thanks to its clear waters and a fierce national pride in
keeping the environment green.
We were introduced to the marine aspects of this lovely country
when we went out to sea. The spouse had heard all those
swordfish and marlin legends coming out of the Bay of Islands,
and he was not leaving Northlands without catching at least one
Never mind the scenic mountains that spawned the Lord of the
Rings, he was after his own fishing legend.
As it turned out, we caught not one, but 10 huge red snappers,
hump-backed with fat and with firm flesh that tasted sweeter
than crab. We also took enough pictures to satisfy the trophy
hunting hubby, who needed them to impress his fellow journalists
on the sports desk. Did I mention that the Bay of Islands is a
During the right seasons, the seas around warm with marlins,
king fishes, tuna and sharks. We went during the wrong season,
so we had to be contented with a mere 50 kg of snappers. Tough.
We barely left the Bay, staying within sight of land while we
hauled in fish after fish within three hours. The gulls were
screaming for a piece of the action, wheeling overhead as they
tried to snatch the pilchards we were using as bait.
It was pretty
amazing. Our skipper cut up huge (to me) pilchards that he
hooked on to the line. As we cast the lines into the water, we
waited no more than mere minutes before the sharp tugs came.
The first snapper was the largest, weighing in at more than 3
kilograms, our skipper must have been a tad amused by our
excitement. I am sure he is used to much larger catches, as
witnessed by the huge rods he stored in the cabin – and the
tablesized artificial lures he showed us that were used to catch
marlins and king fishes. Fair-sized squids in bright orange,
little blue-bellied tuna look-alikes… these realistic fish food
had us fascinated and I could see the light in the eyes of my
better half as he pondered a plot to return. For those of you
who are also harbouring similar thoughts, we used Blue Seas
August 2007 Tradeaboat (www.tradeaboat.co.nz)
Cheilodactylus macropterus, is a bit of an enigma to many
fishermen. Sometimes referred to as the "turkey", these
excellent-tasting fish can turn up in the most unexpected
places. They occur all around New Zealand, although are more
common in the coller waters around the southern part of the
Related to the Porae
as well as the Red Moki, the Tarakihi has les prominent lips and
a distinctive black shoulder band just behind the fins. It also
has a very distinctive pectoral fin that has one ray greatly
elongated, reaching almost two thirds of the way down the body.
The same species exists in Australia where it is called a
Morwong or, occasionally , Jackass fish. These silvery-grey fish
grow to 70cm in length, although 30 -40 cm is more common.
Recently a new subspecies known as the king tarakihi has been
recognised in the northern part of New Zealand. This fish is
almost identical to the common tarakihi, but grows significantly
larger and has a broader black shoulder band.
Although these fish most commonly occur in deep water (between
100m and 250m), they can also be caught in somewhat shallower
water, especially in the winter.
At this time of the year the top half of the North Island often
has good numbers of these fish over pinnacles, which come to
within 30m of the surface. They are a schooling fish, so once
you catch one there's a good chance of catching lots more.
The down-turned mouth and thick lips are an immediate indicator
that these fish are bottom feeders, sifting through mud and sand
for small shrimps, crabs, worms, and shellfish. Despite this
they are easily tempted with small cut baits of squid or
Anglers fishing for hapuku or bass should also try dropping
smaller hooks of about 1/0 or 3/0 size with small cubes of bait
around the same areas that they target the bigger species. Once
you tire of winching up big weights it is quite a pleasure , and
a lot of fun, to deal to the smaller "turkeys"
The Bay of Islands is a fantastic place for catching tarakihi,
and is also arguably the best place to be in New Zealand during
the winter. The "winterless north"' while not immune from the
rain and cold weather, certainly is warmer and has more dry
days. Although the game fish have departed northwards until the
summer, the cooler water brings the tarakihi back, and a welcome
catch they are indeed. There is also the added benefit that the
area is quieter than in the summer months so you can probably
get a good deal on accommodation to go with the fishing.
If you are in the area, you should book a day out with Blue Sea
Charters, run by Marje and Eddie Brooks. Eddie started the
charter business as a "quite" retirement business, but now
manages four boats covering all fishing types. These range from
Baskavoda, a 32ft glass over ply boat, right up to the 42ft Chris
Craft Ika Nui covering the top end of game fishing.
We were fortunate to have a day out on MV Splash, a 36ft
custom-built boat that is perfectly set up for light tackle
fishing. The large cockpit allows ample fishing space for
everyone if the weather turns nasty. Our skipper was Shane
Sheppherd and for inshore fishing he generally runs two trips a
day at 9am and 2pm. During the winter these are subject to
weather and demand, so be sure to book beforehand.
The boat is well set up with Shimano Taipan rods and Speedmaster
reels, and Shane will soon have you onto the best spot. At this
time of year tarakihi, trevally, gurnard and snapper are
targeted, The snapper fishing can be hard going, but the
tarakihi make up for it. Unfortunately the razor gang (barracouta)
also make an appearance in the colder water, but by avoiding
burley and moving if they show up you can keep gear losses to a
Once you have caught your tarakihi, kill it quickly and put it
on ice. Fillet the fish using the same method as snapper. If
your fish were caught on MV Splash this will be done for
you by Shane. The fillets can be frozen but as with most fish is
best fresh. The firm white flesh is suited for most cooking
methods, but tossing in seasoned flour and frying on both sides
until crisp is one of the easiest and tastiest.
Paihia fishing charter business lands Qualmark endorsement
14 November 2007
Paihia’s Blue Sea Fishing Charters has landed the big one – it
is the Bay of Island’s first fishing charter to become
independently quality assured.
Owners Eddie and Marjorie Brooks are excited to have become part
of the growing number of tourism businesses who hold Qualmark
licences – New Zealand tourism’s official mark of quality.
Their business, Blue Sea Fishing Charters has just received a
Qualmark quality assurance endorsement for ‘visitor activity’.
“Being the first fishing charter outfit in the Bay of Islands to
achieve a Qualmark endorsement is great news for our operation.
Over ten years we’ve built up the business from one boat to a
fleet of three, and we employ three skippers year round, along
with deckies in our busy times. Together we have focused on
providing amazing fishing experiences for all sorts of visitors
– both domestic and international, and from novice
holiday-makers to experienced anglers,” said Mr Brooks.
Qualmark Chief Executive Officer, Geoff Penrose, offered his
congratulations to the operators, who achieved particularly well
in the customer satisfaction part of the on-site Qualmark
“Blue Sea is another example of a quality, well-run,
professional tourism business. Being the first fishing charter
business in the Bay of Islands to obtain a Qualmark endorsement
demonstrates Eddie and Marjorie’s commitment to providing a
quality experience that delivers on visitor expectations,” said
Blue Sea was assessed according to Qualmark’s ‘visitor
activity’ criteria, and additional criteria which specifically
relates to charter boat operations. The assessment included
customer service and satisfaction, facilities and equipment,
staff, environmental responsibility, cultural considerations,
health and safety and overall business management. The charter
boat criteria relates to the performance of the boats and
stringent safety aspects.
There are over 160 tourism businesses in the Northland area that
have Qualmark licences.
“We are so lucky to work in one of the best game and saltwater
fishing locations in the world. The Qualmark endorsement just
adds to our marketing and business improvement opportunities,”
summed up Mr Brooks.