Captain Bucko Fishing Charters

Captain Bucko Fishing Charters

Captain Bucko Fishing Charters
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Hi I hope that what you see here (good or bad) will give the information you need to hopefully make you want to come fishing with me in the bay of islands We always do our best to have you walk away from your fishing experience happy and with a nice bag in hand to put on the bbqWe look after the young and old teaching as you go. Please call me to have a talk about your trip.
Paihia, New Zealand
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Sandra Roberts
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
We went out with Bucko today and couldn’t fault him. Knows what he’s talking about and explains everything to you. We got 4 kingfish 1 snapper 5 kawahai. Then he fillets all the fish. Thanks Bucko
Written 12 May 2022
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Mike
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
I have used Captain Bucko for a number of years and he is a no nonsense expert captain. Highlights are the swarm of boats around not catching and Bucko turns up and knows exactly what and where- sure enough - the only boat catching is his.
Guests have been astounded and smiles are extreme every time.
Written 19 January 2022
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Malcolm Shield
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Awesome trip out on a very windy windy day, Captain Bucko got us onto some primo fish, i believe a lot of other skippers would have pulled the pin and gone back in but he stuck at it and used his knowledge to get us onto fish.
Written 14 August 2021
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steeger
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Friends
Not only bad to women, also weird and unfriendly to anyone. Also the boat is dirty and a mess. You don't feel safe. It's not worth your holiday money.
Written 8 February 2021
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lezander123
Geraldine, New Zealand5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Solo
Not even worthy the booking!
Try to book over the phone and the knly thing I had was a rude person on the other side
I'm sure you can find cooler people to take you fishing. Good luck
Written 4 July 2020
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Beale1982
Palm Cove, Australia2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
My 10yr son had been begging me to take him out on a charter since he was old enough to pick up a rod. On our last day of holidays in NZ I agreed to book in a trip for just him and I. Despite a few moments where I felt Bucko was being a little abrupt and ‘short’ with his instructions, we both had an amazing experience (he wasn’t aware my son was on the spectrum). There were plenty of boats out fishing, but it became apparent quite quickly that nobody was having much luck on this particular day. However! Bucko showed his local knowledge time after time. He knew the good spots but also knew when to pull up and move. He didn’t just sit and wait for hours like it seemed many of the other charters did. All up my son pulled in a pretty decent kingfish and lost a serious whopper to a shark. He also got 2 other fish that he thought were pretty great. Our trip was supposed to be only four hours but we ended up spending more than six out on the water. Bucko even went over for us to see the dolphins he spotted that were playing in the water on our way back to the jetty. My son will remember this day for the rest of his life. For a day that the fish weren’t biting, I’ve no doubt we were with the right bloke.
Written 25 January 2020
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rwingo
Los Angeles, CA8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
Went out with this guy many years ago, and it was a terrible experience that prospective tourist should hear about. It was pouring rain and we asked if we could try again the next day. Nope, use it or lose it he said. Fair enough. From there the day got worse and worse. A decent portion of the day was him and his buddy catching bait for some other fishing trip. We paid to go diving for lobster... We did do some decent diving but he was incredibly rude, possibly because my girlfriend at the time was miserable in the crappy weather, but he did nothing to help make it better, and there was just no excuse for everything that happened.

There was a bag full of lobsters and at the end of the day, Bucko amazingly gave us just one lobster, and he even dug around to ensure we got the very smallest one. Seriously?? It was truly the worst customer service experiences I’ve had while traveling, and the only bad one we had on our 5 week trip to NZ. I will never forget it.
Written 23 January 2020
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Naomi B
Sydney, Australia76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Hubby, mate and teen son did the private deep sea fishing charter with captain bucko and had an awesome day. Caught several kingfish , 15kg biggest catch of the day , 10kg snapper , other snapper and John Dory .
All came back with huge smiles from fishing and captain Buckos great stories.
Even better captain bucko filleted them and sent us to local Chinese , who cooked an amazing seafood feast for us .
Written 22 January 2020
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Tumbygirl66
Tumby Bay, Australia9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Hubby and i wanted to explore the bay of islands without having to be with a huge group of people. Captain Bucko provided everything we asked for and more highly recommend
Written 18 April 2019
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kirstcol13
Dubbo, Australia6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
I’d read a lot of mixed reviews on here about Bucko but chose him anyway. This was the best day ever!! I went with my partner and we are both experienced in fishing with our own boat at home but it wouldn’t have mattered how experienced you were you still would have caught good fish.
We were catching kingis all day and big ones!! Couple of snapper. Only 4 on the boat which is awesome, no need to share rods and plenty of action. We caught up to 18kg kingis.
A lot of women on here wrote reviews about Bucko being disrespectful to women but I have to disagree. I am an Aussie with a wicked sense of humour so I got on well with him. He didn’t treat me any differently to the others on the boat. He is VERY knowledgeable so just take it all in and listen because he knows exactly what he is doing.
We saw dolphins, caught great fish, had an island stop whilst Bucko cleaned the fish.
AWESOME day my partner and I will never forget - thanks Bucko you’ll be the first we call if we come back to Paihia!!
If you are staying in Paihia - take your catch to the Swordy, they cook it for you and only charge $12pp - totally worth it!!
Written 11 January 2018
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