Surtees 610 Gamefisher

As the owner of the popular outdoor apparel brand Just Another Fisherman, Aaron Styles is one of the lucky few who found a way to combine fishing with work. The company’s latest boat – a custom Surtees 610 Gamefisher – is a fishing weapon purpose-built to tackle a wide range of angling styles. Aaron has already put a fair few hours through the outboard and only has good things to say about its performance.

After owning the Surtees 495 Workmate for over four years and having some incredible catches and adventures, there was no question that we would stay with Surtees for the new J.A.F boat. After looking at the 540 and 575 Workmates, we decided to push up to the 610 Gamefisher as it comes with a 200L underfloor fuel tank, which would give us more range. With the extended hardtop, we also get a drier ride when the seas get up, which provides us with confidence when crossing west coast bars and travelling wide to chase pelagics.

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Auckland Surtees specialist Fishing Boats NZ fitted out our 610 Gamefisher. Their accommodating team worked on the boat, fitting out our Garmin electronics, sound systems, through-hull transducers, and the beautiful, powerful, 150hp Yamaha four-stroke.

For the gamefishing setup, we teamed up with Bonze Lures, installed their Kraken outrigger bases and outrigger poles, and had Luke Davis from Yeehaa Tackle do the rigging. Other features include exploding fish 360-degree rod holders from Custom Tackle and Minn Kota Riptide Ulterra iPilot 80lb with auto-deploy.

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The final and most important feature is the trailer. We went with a single axle trailer from the team at Alloy Trailers. It’s incredible to tow and easy to launch from the beach and boat ramps. Being folded alloy, it’s easy to clean each day and, as we live in the heart of Auckland city, we have installed stainless breaks.

The Ride

We have had this boat for just over three months now, clocking up 170 hours on the 150hp Yamaha – and man she performs. Once we got used to the trim tabs, we have come to love the power, stability, and confidence this 610 Surtees brings. Whether fishing wide off the Barrier or crossing the Kawhia bar, we always feel safe and confident that this boat will bring us home and achieve our angling goals.

From our experience fishing from the Surtees 495, 610 and also other boats, we have learnt that each brand and hull has its strong performing points, whether it’s beam-on travelling in short chop, performance in a following sea, or stability at rest. We feel the Surtees 610’s strongest performing aspect is its ability to cope with choppy seas and swell, which are common in New Zealand. The deep V and 19-degree deadrise make for a conformable travelling boat in rough seas, and the spray guards make it very dry.

The experience so far

With 170 hours clocked up so far on the new 610, we have really put it through its paces. We have done day trips and multi-day trips to the Bay of Islands, Great Barrier, Bay of Plenty, Waihau Bay, and Kawhia, and it has always provided a safe base, whether fishing or at anchor. It sleeps 2-3 people in the cabin, which allows us early access to the grounds we are fishing. Being able to do this has resulted in some epic captures so far, including nice striped marlin at the back of the Barrier and an epic 40kg kingfish on topwater caught down in the Bay of Plenty.

We want to give a massive thanks to everyone involved: Isabell from Surtees Boats; Rhys, Andrew, and Cam from Fishing Boats NZ and Alloy trailers; Kieran from Garmin NZ; Bonze from Bonze Lures; Luke Davis from Yeehaa tackle; the team at Custom Tackle; and a massive thanks to the crew at Yamaha Marine NZ as we couldn’t adventure far and wide without the reliable and economical 150hp Yammy.



• Overall Length: 6.1M

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• Beam: 2.26M

• Hull Thickness: 5mm

• Side Thickness: 4mm

• Weight: 1300Kg

• 19 Degree Deadrise

• Water Ballast: 340L

• Fuel Tank: 200L Underfloor

• Transom Live Bait Tank

• Transom Tuna Tubes

• Wash Down Pump

• Bait & Rigging Station

• Lone Star Electric Drum Winch

Engine & Electronics

• F150 4-Stroke, 16 Valve DOHC & Electronic throttle

• Yamaha digital gauge

• Garmin GPSMAP 8416xcv 16-inch

• Airmar SS175L Chirp thru-hull

• Airmar SS175HW Chirp thru-hull

• Garmin VHF 115 Marine Radio “Twin Aerials”

• Fusion RA210 Marine Stereo

• Hella cabin, spots and gunnel lights.

• Minn Kota Riptide Ulterra iPilot 80lb with auto-deploy

Fuel stats

We base most of our trips on 1.2L per NM, but this would be on the safe side with average trips being 1-1.1L per NM depending on conditions. 

Travel Speeds / Rev Stats

1850 Revs / 6-7knts trolling speed – 7.2L hour average

3800 Revs / 20knts – 26L hour average

4300 Revs / 25knts – 35L hour average

As the boat gets to 200 hours, our stats should improve.

Other boat features

• Bonze Kraken Outrigger Bases

• Bonze Kraken Rigger Poles – 15 feet

• Exploding Fish 360-degree rod holders

• Alloy Trailer – single axel, stainless breaks

• Boat Graphics - Cube Design & Signage

July 2022 - Ethan Neville
New Zealand Fishing News Magazine.
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