"I have been fishing with Mike Ruru of Opotiki Fishing Charters for over 10 years now and I am extremely happy with the professional service he provides, resulting in consistent Snapper and Kingfish catches."

— Kevin Emery

Our Business

Opotiki Fishing Charters is an 'Owner Operated' business, which was first established in 2002, and has completed many safe and successful fishing trips (in excess of

Fully Licensed Skipper

Maritime New Zealand Registered

Fully Surveyed Vessel

New Zealand Maritime Operator Safety System Compliant

Find us on Facebook or in the Pacific Coast Highway Guide

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Find us in the current edition of the Pacific Coast Highway Guide.

Your Skipper

My name is Michael Ruru and I am the owner-operator of ‘Opotiki Fishing Charters’. We have been  running successfully since 2002. 

With nearly 20 years experience I can take you to where the fish are and will help to ensure you get it into the boat.

This is a full service, fully guided vessel, you’re not just handed a rod and left to look after yourself. Running multiple trips per week, means I know exactly where the fish are, and I know what tactics are working.

Our Safety Equipment

Life Jackets

First Aid Kit

Fire Extinguishers

UHF Radio

Emergency Radio Beacon

Mike’s local knowledge and experience ensures he does everything he can to provide you with a successful trip both on and off the water and we have some great photos that are proof of this. The area Mike fishes provides a great chance of an XOS Snapper or Kingi, or just fish to feed the family. Quality fishing gear is supplied along with bait so all you need to do is lift and wind.

- Kevin Emery
- Kevin Emery

Regular Customer

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day... Show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime...”

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Sports day

This is an 8+ hour trip. This full day Sports Fishing Trip, and is suited for 1-2, very keen and serious Sports Fisherman.
On this trip, you will be targeting that ‘fish-of-a-lifetime!’. Less anglers onboard means that the ‘Big One’ is going to be yours!


Target Species:  New Zealand Snapper  (Pagus Auratus)
Target Size:  20lb+  (boat record – 15kg+)

Target Species:  Yellow Tail Kingfish  (Soriola Lalandi)
Target Size:  20kg+  (boat record 30kg+)


The following species are also possible but are season dependent…

Target Species:  Marlin  (Stripped, Blue, Black)
Target Species:  Tuna  (Yellow-fin, Blue-fin, Albacore, Skip-jack)
Target Species:  Shark  (Blue, Mako, Bronze)


Techniques Used: Live Bait  |  Soft Bait  |  Jigging  |  Trolling  |  Big Baits  |  Lures

COST: NZD$1150.00  * additional hours extra

Snapper Family Fun Day

This is a 4 hour trip and is ideal for those new to fishing or for family groups, those with young children. It is also perfect for those with time or budget constraints.

During this trip you will learn bottom fishing techniques, and we will be targeting mainly snapper but a wide range of species is also likely:

  • Kingfish
  • Kahawai
  • Gurnard
  • Tarakihi
  • Trevally
  • Blue Cod
COST: NZD$500.00

Snapper Fun Day Trip

This is a 6 hour trip, and by far our best selling trip. This trip is suited to keen fisho’s wanting to spend a bit more time on the water.

During this trip you will learn bottom fishing techniques, and we will be targeting mainly snapper but a wide range of species is also likely:

 

  • Kingfish
  • Kahawai
  • Gurnard
  • Tarakihi
  • Trevally
  • Blue Cod
COST: NZD$600.00