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“Best Fishing Trip ever up the Bay of islands” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Captain Bucko Fishing Charters

Captain Bucko Fishing Charters
Maratime Building, Paihia, New Zealand
09 402 7788
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Owner description: Hi I hope that what you see here (good or bad) will give the information you need to hopefully make you want to come fishing with me in the bay of islands We always do our best to have you walk away from your fishing experience happy and with a nice bag in hand to put on the bbqWe look after the young and old teaching as you go. Please call me to have a talk about your trip.
auckland
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“Best Fishing Trip ever up the Bay of islands”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

Hey just would like to say how great of a fishing trip we had up the bay of islands with Captain Bucko , we caught little live ones then use those to catch big snapper check out photos attached

Visited February 2012
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Northland, Northland, New Zealand
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“Best Fishing Trips Ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

We have been fishing with Captain Bucko over the last 16 years since we moved to the Bay of Islands, we have always had an enjoyable time and have never come home without any fish.We also find Grumpy9898's response to Captain Bucko as totally ridiculous as we have always had fun as Bucko has a really good sense of humour as well as being very polite and professional with all anglers.Every time we have been on this boat we still get told about the safety regulations and where the safety gear and life jackets are kept.We have done 5 Carters Fishing Compititions on this boat and would recommend Bucko very highly to future anglers.If you want a good all rounder Bucko is your man. Tight Lines All

Visited November 2011
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Paihia, null, New Zealand
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“Truly a legend!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

Just came back from a half day trip with local Paihia fishing guru Capt Bucko. If you want to catch big snapper this is the guy to go fishing with. Unbelievable how he knows just where they are... thanks Bucko I look forward to another trip soon. You are the man!

Visited February 2012
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Manukau, New Zealand
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“Waste of time and money”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2011

This was the worst fishing charter trip ever, there was no safety briefing, no mention of life jackets, the skipper (Bucko) was rude and belittled everyone on the boat including their equipment. He constantly fished over paying customers heads by wildly casting. At the same time giving out such advise as "you'll never catch anything with that rig".
The boat was old, the rods and reels were mostly worn out and seized, we had to catch baitfish which remained untouched by any snapper. In fact no Snapper were caught by any customers. We constantly moved location, never used berley and had limited bait options.
Not recommended a disappointing experience for all paying customers.
Better of rock fishing.

Visited October 2011
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buck l, Owner at Captain Bucko Fishing Charters, responded to this review, February 1, 2012
i am deeply saddend by this review
and can honestly say i do remember these people as they were nasty to me from the outset of our trip i greeted them to no responce this strait away put every one onboard on a back foot
we went strait and caught live bait which large snapper just love as it is there number one food sorce
then next stop big snapper country but with the carma of the boat was not good with my new friend grumpy 9898 as he calls himself not wanting any advice on how to rig up a live bait
we move from hot spot to hot spot but to no avail
i gave it my best shot even going into over time at no extra charge
i was going to try another spot but my friend macka who had been fishing with me for over a week said stuff them there pricks don't do any more youve done more than they deserve any way
so we returned to russle were they got off
with the young couple and macka still on board i returned to my first spot and we smashed them as you would expect now the grumpy 9898 was gone
all was good with the boat and she showed it
so to you grumpy 9898 know this when you see the photo of the young couple with there big fish
YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE BRO HA HA
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