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Originally posted by Brooook Brooook wrote:

Kaikoura                                             10/10

Clarence Fishing Charters

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I have been on this charter several times, but not recently. You go out from the Kaikoura coast (20min north of Kaikoura) and steam out to the deep water groper and trumpeter fishing. I've seen 50lb+ groper caught and if you are unlucky not to catch a groper (unlikely), the blue cod are HUGE. The added attraction is seeing albatross follow the boat (also called Albatross) and picking up the craypots on the way home for a feed of crayfish.

I hope the charter is as good as it was a few years ago as it was AWESOME!!! The skipper was very attentive and was always checking up on his guests needs or giving advice. The price was cheap and included a nights stay at a farm cottage so that you could be ready for 6:30am departure.
 
Agree with Brook - Wade is da Man!!!
Been out 3 times with him and always done well on the gropes and trumpeter.
Add a few Blue Cod and some crays on the way home, and you definitely get your moneys worth...
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Um, the thread title says "Charter operators~~the GOOD ones"
It would be good if we could keep to the positives.
 
The idea of the topic is to make it easy for prospective charter customers to pick out a good one without all the hassle of sifting through tons of discussion.
thanks.Big smile
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Brett Fleetwood of Double Rum Charters in Auckland/Gulf Harbour (www.doublerum.co.nz) always goes out of his way to make sure his guests are happy and having fun. Thumbs Up

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Just re edited this one - tried to be balanced here...
Have done pretty well on a certain charter operator based at Hicks Bay.
Not sure if he is still going.
Has great local knowledge of Ranfurly and have done real good on groper, trumpeter and kingi's.
Pretty hospitable too.
Only downsides are that he can be prone to rubbing your nose "in it" for being of pakeha persuasion and could pitch in a bit more with sorting out the catch back on terra firmer.
All in all a pretty good day out though - have done it twice.
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This dude is hardcase. I've been out on 2 charters with him and they were great. If it's a polite, well-mannered nancy charter operator you're after forget Bucko. But if you're not easily offended and you're after someone that will go the extra mile to put you on the fish then he's your man in the BoI.
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The best skipper I have been with is John Ellwood on the Whai out of Whitianga.
That man regularly delivers great fishing and diving trips on a bullet proof boat.
Biggest problem is getting a booking, which shows how popular he is.
Well worth a trip if you ever get a chance.
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Any boat steered by Len Ramika (I think its his last name) he is well known by Auckland skippers anyho. Used to hit out off Leigh with him only 4 per charter great bloke and always put you on the fish, if you were'nt catching any he would drop a line and prove his fish were there. BrilliantClap 
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Requin charters Whitianga, skipper John Van Etches.
Good fella John and a good skipper, The only skipper to have rung me a few days out from a charter and say Dave the puka have moved off the reef and the sharks have moved in , Pay to postpone untill they are back on the bite.
Alot of skippers would have kept quiet and taken the money and said, hey thats fishing.

Edit:- John Van Hamm-Etches.
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Been on a few now.
 
Although she has gone over seas, the Oracle was a great charter and Mike Boswell was an organised and competent skipper.
 
Lionel Korach on Memory Makers is a skipper who will go the extra mile to ensure you get the most from your charter. His control of the boat when drifting for Kingis and Puka is second to none.
 
Mark or Ginga on the forum from Extreme Sports Fishing Charters is another excellent skipper. He specialises in surface popper and stick bait charters. I would thoroughly reccomend him if you are interested in something different.
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Like Uncle said, just want charter list NOT your lifes storyBig smile
 
anywhoo
http://www.themadfisherman.co.nz/      (07) 866-8103
 
Rhys The Madfisherman is my pick in Coromandel, have been out fishing with him for some
6 odd years now maybe longer & have NEVER been skunked.
Has had 2 boats for awhile so can cater upto 22 people.
 
He showed Coro Cowboy the ropes, as Coro used to follow us around in his early days....
 
 
Diversity,  as mentioned before & mods know him, as well  as a few others on here who regularly go out with him or Chris, cause he puts you on the fish....
I never came back empty handed..
 
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Alan has put me on the fish everytime, nice boat moves fast so out there in no time.
Gotta book way in advance cause he's that good, some clubs have dates permanently booked each year including meBig smile

 

 


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Originally posted by John_Ra John_Ra wrote:

 
Diversity,  as mentioned before & mods know him, as well  as a few others on here who regularly go out with him or Chris, cause he puts you on the fish....
I never came back empty handed..
 
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Alan has put me on the fish everytime, nice boat moves fast so out there in no time.
Gotta book way in advance cause he's that good, some clubs have dates permanently booked each year including meBig smile
Amen to these 2 John, awesome operators.
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Been on Oracle twice with Mike Boswell, bloody great, competent and prepared to do anything to put you on a fish. He's now on Cascade with Charlie, who is one of a kind (makes Bucko look PC)but very competent and works really hard as well. We're off with them in a couple of weeks to ranfurly, can't wait.
 
Also did a Westcoast blue fin trip on cascade with Brett Waterhouse, not sure where he is now, but he is one of the best, worked hard, slept little and can really handle a boat (all 4 bluefin at the boat in 40mins or less).
 
Would be keen to go out with these guys anytime.
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Gruntled - Brett Waterhouse is on The Cova Rose now along with Oracle's deckie Ants - a formidable team for sure.

Off with them to the Three Kings in a few weeks so will report back then.

In no particular order I've had a great time chartering with:

Diversity (Auckland)
EPIC (Tairua)
Ultimate Lady (anywhere)
Dean Marine (Whangarei)
Enchanter (Ranfurly Banks)
Primetime (Whanagroa/60mile grounds, 3-Kings)
Double Strike (Far North)
Oracle (Ranfurly and 3 kings)
Cascade (Greymouth/Westport)
Target One (Tonga)
Hakula (Tonga)
Ika Lahi (Tonga)
V-Factor (Vanuatu)
Nautilus Charters (Vanuatu).

Had plenty of duds in the mix as well and as has been suggested attitude maketh the experience from both the clients and charter business' point of view.
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mmmm well the best guy I have been out hands down is ME yeah knows what I want where to go most of the time putting himself on a fish or two likes to bust cheeries makes a mean coffee yells at whom ever cause he dont care about toes being stood on, has some great gear always maintained, a nice boat catches a fair few fish, wont take me to the kings though but in saying that he has thought about it alot, likes to make all my trips memeorable would cut his left nut off if he thought someone could use it, gives advice freely and alot of the time at the top of his voice, yip he is a top skipper alright and he has been offered the odd charter boat to take clients out, pity he aint a charter skipper its a shame but then he has a morgage to pay.Cry

Feel free to give him a shout and ask a question or two, he speaks from the heart, shoots from the hip and most of speaks from experience,Thumbs Up

When I think about him I touch myself.Hug
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Originally posted by Blue Asparagus Blue Asparagus wrote:

mmmm well the best guy I have been out hands down is ME yeah knows what I want where to go most of the time putting himself on a fish or two likes to bust cheeries makes a mean coffee yells at whom ever cause he dont care about toes being stood on, has some great gear always maintained, a nice boat catches a fair few fish, wont take me to the kings though but in saying that he has thought about it alot, likes to make all my trips memeorable would cut his left nut off if he thought someone could use it, gives advice freely and alot of the time at the top of his voice, yip he is a top skipper alright and he has been offered the odd charter boat to take clients out, pity he aint a charter skipper its a shame but then he has a morgage to pay.Cry

Feel free to give him a shout and ask a question or two, he speaks from the heart, shoots from the hip and most of speaks from experience,Thumbs Up

When I think about him I touch myself.Hug
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Steve Butler "Earl Grey" in the Bay of Islands, great on the kings.
 
Closer to home, Damo on "Diversity" always be my first pick,also had some great trips out with Paul Senior(Mahiman).
 
 
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You forgot me Kezza. Remember at least you got a bag of spuds instead of lots of fish Wink
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true dat Biggie....you just let me know when you are up and running and I'll be there cuz - I have zero doubt that once you find your feet you'll be right up there......like I said if the attitude is right then it's all good.....Thumbs Up
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Have had several trips with Damo on Diversity and they have all been outstanding. Damo goes the extra mile and he's always put us on the fish.
 
Had an great trip with Carl from Epic Adventures out of Tairua  - same philosophy as Damo and goes out of his way to make it a special day
 
A couple of trips with Rick on Pursuit and both trips were excellent and Rick's personality and knowledge of fishing is a wicked combination.
 
Had a trip to smokehouse Bay comp on 'Beyond Limits' with Dan and I'd also recommend him highly.
 
A promotional day out on Double Rum was also a good'un as was a similar day on 'Nautic Encounter'
 
 
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have just been offered a place on "Pursuit" for october to go chasing kings at White island, looking forward to the experience.
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