Fishing with Spot X is a great way to see and experience the Bay of Islands with the bonus of enjoying a great fishing trip as well, fishing the reefs and fishing grounds of the inner islands and middle grounds for Big Snapper and other good eating reef fish such as Hapuka, Tarakihi, Blue Cod and Trevally, to fishing for large hard fighting ‘Kingfish’ at ‘Bird rock’ or the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ and reefs north towards the Cavalli Islands.
Catering to the Novice angler or the seasoned fish-a-holic, Spot X charters will tailor a fishing trip to your requirements whether you wish to join a share trip with other fellow travellers in a share charter group with up to eight anglers or Sole charter the boat to yourself, with family or friends, we can organize it.
We are fortunate in the Bay of Islands we are not limited to Snapper & reef Fishing seasons in this part of the world and operate Snapper and reef fishing all year round from Russell & Paihia and there’s no better setting for a fishing trip than that of the stunning Bay of Islands, home of the best snapper fishing in New Zealand.
Your professional crew on Spot X who will get you to their favorite fishing grounds in record speed so you can drop that line in and catch those elusive big Snapper and other reef fish!
Fishing is fun for all the family and it can be a great trip among’st friends competing to see who can catch the biggest fish.! Don’t worry if you’ve never fished before, the friendly crew on Spot X will be on hand to help you make the most of your trip providing tips and help if needed.
Gather a few friends and family together and create your own fishing team
Yellowtail Kingfish can be caught all year round in the Bay of Islands and rated as one of the hardest fighting fish pound for pound and in this part of New Zealand the Bay of Islands holds many world records.
This trip is for fisherman that like an early start departing Paihia & Russell at 6.30 am with our first task to capture our livebaits of Kohera and Mackeral, once our livebait tank has sufficient fish, its off to the fishing grounds in the outer bay areas of Bird Rock, Cape Brett and a few other pinnacles that are renowned for good sized Kingfish.
Although Kingfish are caught in many ways we predominantly use live-baiting method, with the use of gimbal belt and harness making it more comfortable for the angler to hold the rod especially when these hard fighting Kingfish engulf your livebait …. and the fight is on!
we drift over the reefs and pinnacles with each drift taking around 15 minutes, so we normally suggest just two or three anglers fishing each drift to avoid line tangles (Which obviously delays fishing time untangling the mess) and hence increases our opportunities to catch more fish.