Get Reel Charters
Get Reel Charters
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Charter fishing in the Bay of Islands New Zealand, we target snapper, kingfish and gamefish like marlin, tuna, shark, mahimahi. Snapper trips are for 4 hours, kingfish are 6 hours and game trips are 8 hours. I also offer exclusive sight seeing trips.
Russell, New Zealand
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Luke M
Brisbane, Australia23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
By Paul’s own admission there’s no bells and whistles on his vessel. It is what it is. We did the half day and caught fish which is positive, mainly smaller snapper through bait fishing - nothing decent to note though. BYO food, beverage, sunscreen etc. Ps. Would love to get out there next time and use live bait instead. Thanks Paul we’d go it again.
Written 31 December 2022
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Trev WIlliams
Coffs Harbour, Australia90 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Booked Private Charter and we paid the Full Cost for Half Day Charter.
There were only two of us and we have used Other Guides in NZ and Australia and without a doubt this was not what we could consider even good.
The Complete lack of interest in clients, the mess in the Cabin, Seating area covered in junk.
The boat is really run down and needs to be refurbished or even looked after.
It is obvious that there was a lack of maintenance of both boat and Fishing Gear.
There was insufficient Bait, the Hooks on the Lines were blunt and he had not even checked the Drag settings on the Reels before handing to clients to Fish with.
Result was loss of a very large Snapper from excessive drag and his comment " One of my previous clients must have tighten it up". For a Guide that the worst excuse to say that he had not even checked the gear before the days fishing.
Could not recommend him and he spent half the time in the Cabin on phone or eating boiled eggs.
We were offered only Paihia Town Water and there were no clean containers or cups to drink from.
The hooks would not even pierce the Mullet skin, they were that old and blunt. Even a sharpening of hooks was suggested which he ignored.
Very dissappointing as we were looking forward to a Proper Guided Fishing Charter and what we received was a person who was not interested and had a take it or leave it attitude. My recommendation is not to use this guide.
Poor attitude, Poorly maintained Boat and Equipment.
Waste of money.
Written 16 October 2019
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They indicated they where very experienced fishing people, and even brought their own gear to use, which they didn’t. I check gear at the start of the charter, but drag settings should be checked by the people fishing. He indicated he has had back surgery at the start of the charter, if I was told prior I would have cancelled as the weather was choppy this then ruled out going where there would be a better chance of bigger fish. They asked me what they should bring I said food and anything they prefer to drink as I have water on the boat but it’s Paihia tap water, so they where informed. I did all the baiting for these clients and mullet is a good bait, as where the bags of pilchards and some live baits. They did catch fish, and for my breakfast I had boiled eggs.
Written 28 October 2019
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Jenny F
Melbourne, Australia32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
Four novice fishing people out to spend 6 1/2 hours on the ocean fishing for kingfish could have been a huge mistake, I’m sure that’s what captain Paul thought when he set eyes on us.

What a day we had.

We caught our bait first, ‘cos you need it fresh & alive. We didn’t realize everyone fishing for kingfish had to do the same thing.
Competition was tight with 3 other boats all vying for the bait, lucky for us we got the jump on the others by getting there early. And we were a little slow at catching on what we had to do. Captain Paul thought we’d never get enough fish for our big day out. But we managed then set off to the secret spot to catch Kingi’s.
I think we changed Paul’s opinion after we reeled in our first kingfish in a matter of minutes after securing our anchor. Then I caught two more!
Then we moved on and caught three more! We also caught snapper, one was massive.
Brilliant day.
Written 28 February 2019
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juliehpreece
Exeter, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
Fantastic days fishing with Paul for Get Reel. We caught Scorpian fish, Snapper, John Dory and kingfish. Thanks to Paul for work hard to find us fish. The phot says it all...
Written 1 November 2018
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HighPeakStation
Methven, New Zealand12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
8 of us (2 families, 4 kids from 4-15yo) went out with Paul on a private charter and had a fantastic time. We caught plenty of bait fish to start then headed out after kingfish. We landed three awesome kingies from maybe 6-7 hookups, along with snapper and John Dory. 25+ kg of fish all nicely filleted and prepared before we left the boat. Paul was great with the kids, very professional and good company. Definitely recommended for families and well worth the private charter option if you can stretch that far.
Written 12 July 2018
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Chris B
Jersey, UK77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
Paul took my wife and me (amateurs at best) out on a breezy day, with a third very experienced customer. He was careful to check out the group in easy waters, and once we were all bedded in provided us a great trip. Too many snapper to count, and as take home a John Dory plus our companions kingfish. I’d particularly like to single out Paul’s attentiveness to us as a group and the way he then developed his plan. And I think he was pleased (as were we) that our group scored highest on the kingfish that morning!
Written 20 March 2018
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Jenny T
Newcastle, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Friends
Skipper Paul knew his spots. Plenty of non-stop action picking up yellow tail for bait before heading out to deeper water. Kingfish 6-12kg and plate size Snapper on live bait before the bronze whalers came in for easy pickings. No point staying here! Next stop we’re on again with Kingies and John Dory and no sharks. Paul was always working to make our fishing experience most exhilarating, baiting and constantly untangling line.. He returned us all back to the wharf safe and sound with plenty of kingfish and JohnDory fillets
Written 21 February 2018
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Bradley J
Whangaparaoa, New Zealand6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Friends
Took the family up to Paihia for the weekend and did it all; Hole in the Rock / Dolphin Cruise and Parasailing but the best, most fun, most adrenaline inducing experience was definitely catching some Kingy's (& a BW Shark) with Paul on Get Reel! Best fishing I've ever experienced here in NZ!
Written 29 January 2018
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Kath B
Arcadia, Australia28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Family
Had a fantastic time out on the boat. Loved the fishing and came home with some nice fish. 15yr old kid had a ball.
Written 7 January 2018
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Smitherino
London, UK89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018
We called and booked this the day before as the weather had been quite bad the prior couple of days. Paul was an absolute gent and knew the Bay like the back of his hand. He paid particular attention to the kids (6&8) showing them how to fish and got them helping when pulling in the fish. He had already gotten fresh love bait for us to use in the afternoon which enabled us to catch a couple of good sized king fish as well as a handful of snapper which we used to feed the kids for dinner!

A fantastic experience made all the better by a great guide. Thanks for an unforgettable afternoon Paul!
Written 6 January 2018
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