THE BOAT – Affordable Game Fishing !

El Donna is in the habit  of catching big fish on a regular basis and keeping the big boys with the Multi million dollar rigs honest during Competition .time.

Launched in the late 70’s ‘El Donna’ was one of the first crop of new wave planning hull boats which would slowly but surely replace the displacement boats of a past generation. From the drawing board of Frank Pelin, the ‘Shikaree’ and Pelin Hulls in general have proved to be very sea worthy vessel that became firm  favorite’s of many boat builders and charter operators in the 80’s and right thru to the 90’s.

At 38 feet ‘El Donna’ led the way with a sport fishing career that earned her legendary status when she caught the world’s heaviest ever stripped marlin on Rod & Reel at a whopping 243.6kg. Disqualified on a technicality, this unofficial world record fish is still admired everyday with it currently hanging in the Bay of Islands Swordfish Club.

Having  undergone a major refit ‘El Donna’ is ready  for another season of great fishing. Equipped with a Cyril Jordon ‘Game Chair’ and a complete arsenal of Shimano tackle featuring Tiagra 80’s, 50’s and 30’s, there’s also plenty of light and heavy tackle for those monster kingfish and triple X snapper.

Up on the newly designed hardtop fly bridge there is a full helm station with the latest in Simrad electronics. Powered by a single 420hp CAT3126 diesel engine El Donna cruises at 15-20knts knots making for a comfortable ride in all seas.

Accommodation : Sleeps 6  comfortably. designed primarily for 3-4 fisher’s and crew.


Fishing Equipment / Tackle:

All Shimano , including a full compliment of Shimano Tiagra 80W’s run on either a choice of Shimano Tiagra Stand Up or Tiagra 80lb Chair Rods run out of a heavy duty Cyril’s Game Chair. Also carries a compliment of lighter Shimano 50W, Shimano Talica and Oceajigger jigging gear, Shimano Stella. Operating The latest SIMRAD sounders,  GPS, HALO Radar , Structure Scan

Safety Equipment: As per required Maritime NZ  standards.

Daily Rate from $1,850.00 P/Day depending on the charter requirements and Game Fishing Northland  Vs Snapper fishing in the Hauraki Gulf . Additional charges may apply depending on the nature of charter operations, on board overnight stays and meal requirements and all these will be confirmed prior to any confirmed booking. Clients will typically supply their own bedding, food and beverage requirements. These can be provided on request . Additional charges will apply.

Trips depart Paihia, Russell  and Whangaroa marina’s in the summer Months and Waipuna,  Auckland for snapper during winter.