Testimonials from our customers

We will strive really hard to see that you have an awesome time when on our charter fishing boats. Nothing is spared to make your trip comfortable and one to be remembered. When you step off that boat. 
Here are some of the testimonials from our customers when out on our trips. We have also been awarded a "Certificate of Excellence for 2014" for the outstanding service rendered.

  • Thanks to Darrell & Megabites, now after 3 fantastic trips I can honestly say I've enjoyed my best fishing in my eighty years. Darrell is the true professional at his vocation, more than a fisherman but more as a Fish HUNTER.

    Ive been on the Day trip twice and the evening once and found them both fullfilly experiences. I would highly recommend the full day trip to fill your bag limit with high quality fish. Took my 32 year old son for his first sea fishing experience and he ended up with a sore arm with winding them in, he will definitly be back.

    Thanks Darrell for all your help, who said you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Everything about MEGABITES comes highly recommended
    Posted: 2023-03-06 10:18   by Ron Salmon
  • For people coming from out of town access is easy -just a few 100 mtrs off the motorway. There is plenty of reasonable priced parking.
    Fast boat which got us out faster than others boats that left before us. All gear supplied. was spot on and in excellent condition.
    Darell kept plenty of bait in front of us at all time and a real bonus he even took all the fish off the hooks. He took us to the right spots and all persons fishing on the boat left with plenty of snapper plus other varieties. This is the best boat charter we have been on (and we will certainly be back) and we highly recommend it
    Posted: 2018-10-07 18:59   by Ngaire and Dave from Napier
  • We treated our family to a day out fishing as a Christmas present. Darrell & Megabites treated us to an awesome 7 hours fishing out in Auckland Harbour. Right from the get go we were made to feel comfortable. Darrell kept an eye out for us all & ensured we were catching fish. He helped to bring in our fish, there was heaps of bait & we certainly caught our quota! Plenty of Kahawai & Snapper. Loads of fun. We really took home a great feed. It was an awesome day with a skipper who knows his fishing. We highly recommend this charter to all. A huge THANKS from us Kasey Mike Jacki Noodle Bruno & Emma
    Posted: 2018-06-22 20:04   by Kasey
  • My 17 year old son and I recently went on a Megabites Fishing Charter. The Skipper, Mr Darell Diggs was the ultimate professional. He clearly explained the rules and regulations of the boat charter before we left the pier. There was then no mucking around about getting out to the fishing grounds and we were very quickly into the fishing. The bait and rods supplied were excellent and it was not long before the fish started coming over the side. We both caught our limits well within the time allocated for our charter.
    David & Samuel Brewis
    Birkenhead, Auckland.
    Posted: 2017-11-05 14:58   by DB
  • We went out on a lovely summer afternoon on 2nd March just the four of us and we had such a brilliant time! I'm a beginner but Darell helped me every step of the way and I actually caught some fish! Darell is a true professional with a great personality, he is also an experienced skipper who made us all feel safe in his capable hands. Can't wait to book him up again next year!
    Posted: 2016-04-23 19:02   by Lynne Warner
  • Thanks Darrell ... we had a fantastic experience on your charter on 18 November 2105. Your boat, gear, and the humour you created throughout the day added to a memorable days fishing on Auckland harbour and surrounds.

    The location you took us to yielded some great catches including my 16lb / 70cm snapper, Jonathon is still dreaming about the ones that got away. Hope to do it again when next in Auckland and highly recommend your charter to others.

    Best wishes ... happy fishing
    Posted: 2015-12-02 17:41   by Scott
  • I wanted to take my staff on an end of year fishing charter. Darell is very spot on and most helpful with both the inexperienced and experienced fisherman (even the experienced old salts picked up some new tricks). For those people who have never done a charter before (or even fished for a long time), you can be assured that you will have the most enjoyable fun day. After reading Darell’s comments (there are many) it confirmed to me that Darell was a good fit for our group – a good all round guy, large comfortable boat and experienced to surely get you onto catching the fish. We pretty much headed straight out, anchored up, got our quota for 8 staff and came back in. Staff were very happy with the day and as such we are booked in for Nov 2016. I have been on a few charters both here in NZ & Aussie, this day out was by far the best all round. Again many thanks Darell we all enjoyed the day.
    Posted: 2015-11-30 12:03   by Paul
  • My wife and I come from diamond harbour just out of Christchurch and we went on Darells 4 hour evening charter in 2013 and we loved it darells brilliant he's really passionate about what he does and really looked after us all. My wife and I couldn't believe how many snapper we caught we went home on the plane with a suit case full and ate like kings for weeks. We have highly recommended you to lots of people and I have always wanted to come back again so this November we are back as a birthday present for me so looking forward to it so much cheers Darell.
    Posted: 2015-09-05 09:36   by Stefan and Tania bennett
  • We had a great time fishing with Darell. We had 3 grandparents, Mom and Dad, and kids 21, 18, 16 and 10. Darell makes fishing fun for all. When he hooked up he passed the rod to Kash_the youngest_ (even though Kash was baiting and and catching on his own) , allowing him to catch the biggest snapper as well as some catch and release smaller ones. He also handed 16 year old Lacie his hookup. Lacie hauled in a 4 foot long Mako shark. Catching the Mako was quite an experience for her. Mom, LiAnn was surprised and happy to catch a good sized Kingfish even though we were bottom fishing for Snapper. It gave her all the fight she could ask for. It was a good experience for all of us, thanks to Darell's attention and thoughtfulness. We would choose Darell again and highly recommend him.
    Posted: 2015-08-01 10:50   by Paul and family from Hawaii
  • My girlfriend and myself went on a Fishing trip with Darell in Feb 2015. A very warm welcome and a beautiful boat treated us for 4 hours on a great day!

    Darell is a great guy and an amazing trainer. His tips and tricks helped us to catch some good fish on the day. He knows the right spots for the best catch. He absolutely makes sure everyone has the best experience and gets their fair share of the treat.

    He is professional and casual at the same time, had a good banter while on a little break. He does go the extra mile to make it an experience to remember.

    I will not google fishing trips ever. I just know who and where to go to. Feel like fishing - Darell is the man!

    Good Luck mate! I am sure I will see you again very soon.

    Posted: 2015-02-25 11:26   by Sahil
  • My brother and I completed three fishing trips with Darell of Megabites Fishing Charters at the end of November 2014. Snapper was caught on every trip, even on the slow days. Darell certainly knows where to find the fish even in difficult conditions. I have found with this skipper over the years that you are more likely to catch your quota than with a lot of other charters that I have been on. Darell also has a great sense of humour and provides a great fishing experience every time. Thanks mate.
    Posted: 2014-12-10 10:43   by Kevin
  • I went fishing with Darell on his
    Charter Boat(Megabites Fishing
    Charter Ltd) For the first time 10
    August 2014.
    I had an awesome time fishing. It is
    very safe and a clean charter.
    Darell experience on water is
    amazing. He knows where to find good
    fishing spots. Me and my wife booked
    another fishing trip on 17th August
    If you would like to go fishing on a
    charter boat go with megabites
    Fishing Charters. You Will not
    Andrew 0212855055
    Posted: 2014-08-17 22:42
  • As keen anglers our first charter experience was earlier this year, through an alternative charter operation which was half the cost. We thought we'd try Megabites which is twice the price of the cheaper charter however since then we have been back on Darell's charter at least 5 times and is the only charter we will spend our money on. Darell's boat is clean, fast and safe. We've caught plenty of fish and never stay in spots for too long if no-one is catching. Darell is always happy to assist which is great. If you're looking for value for money and a great day out fishing, we highly recommend Darell and the Megabites team.
    Posted: 2014-07-01 22:15   by Bernie & Emma
  • Myself and some mates thought it was
    time for another Charter.Deciding on
    which charter to use can be a
    difficult decision with pricing,
    itinerary and comfort all to be
    considered. Thankfully we had gone
    through this process before and since
    we had such an awesome experience
    onboard with Darell and Megabites
    previously, it was actually pretty
    easy this time round. Plenty of bites
    followed up by decent fish. If things
    did slow down it wasn?t for long,
    Darell simply moved us to a different
    location and it was all on again.
    Everyone was enjoying their time
    relaxing on the soothing waters
    surrounding Auckland. I have to
    say for all the fishing and
    competition and banter between the
    lads, Darell was always there in the
    background offering advice, help and
    getting involved but most of all
    making sure we were all comfortable.
    By then end, once again we arrived
    safely back to Marina with our haul.
    Having been out
    Posted: 2014-04-01 08:58   by Cairan
  • Darell, thank you so very much for making the days charter a life time memory...your professionalism in returning my enquiry re the charter was prompt and accommodating. You couldn't have done more to make the day an exceptional experience that it was. Allan, Amanda and friends will be back.... you know the spots where the fish are and boat wasted no time in getting there, the taste of fresh snapper straight from the sea still lingers, yum! I will recommend you to anyone.... a really good valued, highly professional, and fun day out. Cheers Darell
    Posted: 2014-01-17 12:13   by Aussi Fletch
  • From the get go we could tell it was going to be a cracker of a day. Darrell went straight to spot X where my grand uncle,( who I took out for his 71st bday) landed the 1st 4 snapper before the rest of us gt a bite. We all caught fish and when the bite stopped we weighed anchor and went to spot X, again.
    There a few more were caught before we moved to spotX again. this wasnt that great and our time was up but Darrell took us to yet another SpotX for an xtra hour. this is where the uncle caught a nice64 cm snapper and that made his day. Darrel we were all so happy that plans are already in motion for another fish with you. Your hospitality, knowledge and expertise helped us have a great day, oh snd the 40 odd snapper we took home with us of course. thanks mate, will see you soon.
    Taki and the gang.
    Posted: 2013-11-18 18:37   by TAKI
  • Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

    Great day out snapper fishing. Only 5 of us on board which didn't bother the skipper, he still head way out to where the fish were holding. Caught plenty of fish to take home to our family's for dinner. Will differently go out with him again, no fuss at all. Next time will be taking some more mates with me. Thanks for great trip
    Posted: 2013-11-17 11:57   by Anthony - Auckland
  • Great day out fishing with customers last Friday 1st November 2013. Darell is a great operator and knew where the fish were. 65 snapper in 4 hours and plenty of laughs along the way, certainly helps strengthen business relationships. Thanks Darell, see you next year. Cheers Jason
    Posted: 2013-11-17 11:54   by Jason O - Auckland
  • After so many trips on your boat for several years I think it's important that you know the reasons for us to choose your boat.
    1)We have never come home without a decent catch
    2)your hospitality is simply outstanding
    3)you have taught several of my family members, employees and friends how to enjoy catching a fish
    4)my 70 year old dad gets treated like royalty. You help in getting his hooks off the fish,untangling his line,cutting his bbait and making him that nice cup of tea when its slack tide
    5)my friends and employees talk about the trips for several days.That "feel good" spirit lifts everyones moral.And that makes me happy
    6)you have always been prepared to move to a new fishing spot if fish aren't biting.
    7) And the most important one - I have always felt safe to bring my whole family.knowing that your boat is well maintained and that you keep up to date with the latest equipment in health and safety.

    Thank you Daryl for providing such wonderful trips.
    Posted: 2013-11-17 09:14   by Larry 021825000
  • Myself and a few mates went on a 7

    hour charter on 20th October 2013.

    From start to finish the entire

    experience was fantastic.On the day

    of the trip we arrived at the boat

    and it was already kitted out, very

    clean, we were welcomed on board by

    Darell, had a safety brief and we

    set out. After a comfortable trip

    out we had our lines in and

    absorbing the awesome weather we

    were lucky enough to get. The

    skipper definitely knew where to be

    as we were soon reeling in the fish.

    Darell was always on hand to help or

    advice as we needed everyone on

    board was getting their fair share

    of the action. Some big fish too I

    might add!! We had ample time to

    fish and relax in the sun and we

    returned with a pretty successful

    haul. All in all it was an awesome

    day at sea with an experienced and

    professional skipper who went out of

    his way to ensure everyone had an

    enjoyable and safe time out fishing!

    Highly recommend Megabites to

    anyone, beginner or experienced.

    10/10 from us!!! Thanks Darell.
    Posted: 2013-11-17 08:52   by Ciaran Higgins - Auckland

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