Game Fishing

Big Game Fishing Bay Of Islands over the summer season puts you in front of some spectacular fishing, with Blue, Striped & Black Marlin, Tuna , Broadbill, Kingfish available to target. From the  Bay Of Islands  we will fish the middle of the  Bay itself for day trips ,  and then will generally head north through Whangaroa , Cape Karikari and beyond to North Cape.

Biggest fish for the 2016/17 season went 305.6kg. Eldonna has been the top Tag and Release boat for the  Zane Grey International and has been regularly the 1st charter boat to catch the 1st marlin for the season and also has the honour of having caught the largest ever striped marlin in the world on rod and reel.

Day rates from $1,850.00… Fishing on El Donna is one of the most cost effective avaliable. Your choice of Skipper and Deckie or you can run the deck yourself under the expert guidance of some great skippers.

Game Fishing School 101

New to Game Fishing and want to find out what its all about ? , then come to Game Fishing School 101 and learn not only the latest techniques in running lures for Marlin and Tuna but also some of the old school bait rigging techniques. We will fish with Lures and Baits and if you are new to game fishing then there’s a great opportunity to get right amongst all the action and get some 1st hand knowledge.


Trip Times

ElDonna can provision and carry fuel for extended trips of  up to 6 days. The most popular are 2-3 day trips which give clients the chance to potentially fish areas between the Mokahinaus in the South and Cavalii’s and Cape Karikari in the North and beyond. We will go wherever the fish are biting. Single day trips are also available subject to existing extended trip bookings.

Bring your favourite Jig or Softbait outfit and you will get the opportunity most days to swing a jig or Soft Plastic for a Kingfish and snapper or two.

El Donna is one of the classic’s from the Bay Of Islands fleet having been in service since 1979. Both the boat and skippers have a fine reputation of finding fish and landing them. The team on El Donna where possible support the principles of Tag and Release. Anglers call though at the end of the day !

Wolds Biggest Striped Marlin The largest ever Striped Marlin caught on Rod and Real at 243.6kg !!  and landed aboard El Donna in 1995. Skipper Jim Petherick. Courtesy Pahia Club Rooms

The team at BlackBill Sportfishing will plan a trip to suit your requirements and we are more than happy to offer a mix of all the different types of fishing available in Northland waters.

Single Day Trips are on offer with mid-week specials departing Paihia or Russell where we will be concentrating or efforts between Cape Brett and the Cavalli Islands. Fishing is usually pretty consistent in these areas and the 1st fish of the season are usually taken between the 28th December and New Years day.

BlackBill Black Purple H'5'0

A very nice Striped Marlin caught on a friends vessel Turoa and taken on a Blackbill H5O – Short for Hawaii-Five-O and our take on the famed medium Plunger dressed in “Wild Violet” .