Q: What do we need to bring for our fishing trips?
A: Some food and drinks. A warm jacket or a wet weather jacket if slight showers are predicted. You could bring some sun screen and hat and goggles if you need them. You can also throw in some sea legs tablets if you feel sea sick. Most importantly, don't forget a great smile and a positive attitude which certainly does help to have a great day.
Please limit the number of chilli bins brought on board as it clutters the deck and make movement restrictive and uncomfortable for other guests.
Q: What happens to our catch can we keep it?
A: Absolutely, Your catch is yours. Generally I like to put it all in a bin and share it with all members who come aboard. It is always nice to take some fish home. But that is entirely up to you. If you want to keep what you catch, then you can certainly do so.
Q: How many fish are we allowed?
A: Number of fish depends on the species and area of fishing. The Ministry of Primary Industries has set catch limits and we would NEVER take more than the stipulated quotas. Also most species have size limits and we will never keep any undersized fish. You can request a copy of the latest of the allowable catches from Mfish or you could discuss this with the skipper while on-board your fishing trips.
Q: Some of us have not fished before, will we be shown how to get going?
A: Certainly. We have all levels of fishos who come aboard. Hands on tuiton will be provided to get you going.
Q Is there a BBQ on board?
A: Please check indiviual boats for facilities.
Q: Can we bring our own bait and rods?
A Yes you could bring your own bait and rods. Please indicate this at the time of making the booking. Having the right bait and gear helps in making it a successful day. So please check with us ,what bait is working at the time and also the gear that you would need.
Q: If we bring our own bait and rods would you help us set it up?
A: Certainly, We could show you how it's done on request.
Q: What are the chances of catching fish?
A: Everytime we go out we work hard to put you on the fish and do everything possible to give a great day out there. Our catch records are quite high. Some days are surely better than others. It's a vast ocean out there and you will never know what you get unless a line is in the water.
Q: What time do we need to be there?
A: Please be at the place of departure at least 10 minutes before the time of departure. If you are early please don't load / board the boat as I have to do the safety checks first. As soon as we are all ready we could leave. Remember we must allow a few minutes for the safety briefing before we leave.
Q: Are Gift Vouchers available?
A: Yes we do provide gift vouchers on request.All you have to do is go to our "Gift-Vouchers" page and pre pay for what vouchers you would like to purchase. Once payment is received we would arrange delivery by email. Alternatively you could call us to arrange payment / delivery and we could send you the required number of vouchers to be used at a convenient date later.You could purchase individual or group vouchers to suit your requirements. Vouchers make a perfect gift for a Birthday,Christmas, Father's day or any special occasion.
Q: What about Parking Facilities?
A: There is a huge pay and display Council Car Park at Z pier - Westhaven Marina. Make sure you have enough coins to pay for the parking. The present cost is $3 per hour or $20 for the whole day. (Parking prices are only indicative prices and are subject to change - Please check on the parking meters when paying). Park only on the allocated yellow lines, Please do not park on the Red or Blue lines as these are reserved parking spaces. Please ensure you have paid and displayed for parking prior to embarking on your trip. The last thing you want is your vehicle towed away which would ruin a good day out.
Q: Can we pay by Eftpos or credit cards on the boat?
A: Sorry we do not have Eftpos but you could pay by credit card at the boat. There is a small credit card fee that would apply. You could also make an online payment before the trip or pay cash on the day of the trip.
Q: Does the boat have a toilet?
A: Yes we do have walk in toilets on our boats. Please check out pictures of our charter boats from our pages here.
Q: Where do we depart from?
A: Our fishing trips depart from Z pier (Berth Z-26) - Weathaven Marina which is on Westhaven Drive in Auckland City.
To Get There: Take Westhaven Drive off Beaumont Street. Follow Westhaven drive (The road would take a bend left and then curve right). Follow the road and on your right you should find a sign board "Westhaven Marina/Bill Fish Cafe/Z pier Charter Base". Enter this area and you should be in a huge car park. If you are still not sure, once you are in the carpark ask anyone where Z Pier is and they would show you the place. Please be on time for the departure. If you are early , Please wait at the location and the boat will be there before the departure time.