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Get Reel Charters

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Russell, New Zealand
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About Get Reel Charters
Charter fishing in the Bay of Islands New Zealand, we target snapper, kingfish and gamefish like marlin, tuna, shark, mahimahi. Snapper trips are for 4 hours, kingfish are 6 hours and game trips are 8 hours. I also offer exclusive sight seeing trips.
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Trev WIlliams wrote a review Oct 2019
Coffs Harbour, Australia89 contributions21 helpful votes
Booked Private Charter and we paid the Full Cost for Half Day Charter. There were only two of us and we have used Other Guides in NZ and Australia and without a doubt this was not what we could consider even good. The Complete lack of interest in clients, the mess in the Cabin, Seating area covered in junk. The boat is really run down and needs to be refurbished or even looked after. It is obvious that there was a lack of maintenance of both boat and Fishing Gear. There was insufficient Bait, the Hooks on the Lines were blunt and he had not even checked the Drag settings on the Reels before handing to clients to Fish with. Result was loss of a very large Snapper from excessive drag and his comment " One of my previous clients must have tighten it up". For a Guide that the worst excuse to say that he had not even checked the gear before the days fishing. Could not recommend him and he spent half the time in the Cabin on phone or eating boiled eggs. We were offered only Paihia Town Water and there were no clean containers or cups to drink from. The hooks would not even pierce the Mullet skin, they were that old and blunt. Even a sharpening of hooks was suggested which he ignored. Very dissappointing as we were looking forward to a Proper Guided Fishing Charter and what we received was a person who was not interested and had a take it or leave it attitude. My recommendation is not to use this guide. Poor attitude, Poorly maintained Boat and Equipment. Waste of money.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from PAulV3788, Owner at Get Reel Charters
Responded Oct 27, 2019
They indicated they where very experienced fishing people, and even brought their own gear to use, which they didn’t. I check gear at the start of the charter, but drag settings should be checked by the people fishing. He indicated he has had back surgery at the start of the charter, if I was told prior I would have cancelled as the weather was choppy this then ruled out going where there would be a better chance of bigger fish. They asked me what they should bring I said food and anything they prefer to drink as I have water on the boat but it’s Paihia tap water, so they where informed. I did all the baiting for these clients and mullet is a good bait, as where the bags of pilchards and some live baits. They did catch fish, and for my breakfast I had boiled eggs.
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Jenny F wrote a review Feb 2019
Melbourne, Australia30 contributions2 helpful votes
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Four novice fishing people out to spend 6 1/2 hours on the ocean fishing for kingfish could have been a huge mistake, I’m sure that’s what captain Paul thought when he set eyes on us. What a day we had. We caught our bait first, ‘cos you need it fresh & alive. We didn’t realize everyone fishing for kingfish had to do the same thing. Competition was tight with 3 other boats all vying for the bait, lucky for us we got the jump on the others by getting there early. And we were a little slow at catching on what we had to do. Captain Paul thought we’d never get enough fish for our big day out. But we managed then set off to the secret spot to catch Kingi’s. I think we changed Paul’s opinion after we reeled in our first kingfish in a matter of minutes after securing our anchor. Then I caught two more! Then we moved on and caught three more! We also caught snapper, one was massive. Brilliant day.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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juliehpreece wrote a review Nov 2018
Exeter, United Kingdom3 contributions
Fantastic days fishing with Paul for Get Reel. We caught Scorpian fish, Snapper, John Dory and kingfish. Thanks to Paul for work hard to find us fish. The phot says it all...
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Date of experience: November 2018
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HighPeakStation wrote a review Jul 2018
Methven, New Zealand12 contributions1 helpful vote
8 of us (2 families, 4 kids from 4-15yo) went out with Paul on a private charter and had a fantastic time. We caught plenty of bait fish to start then headed out after kingfish. We landed three awesome kingies from maybe 6-7 hookups, along with snapper and John Dory. 25+ kg of fish all nicely filleted and prepared before we left the boat. Paul was great with the kids, very professional and good company. Definitely recommended for families and well worth the private charter option if you can stretch that far.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Chris B wrote a review Mar 2018
Jersey, United Kingdom76 contributions17 helpful votes
Paul took my wife and me (amateurs at best) out on a breezy day, with a third very experienced customer. He was careful to check out the group in easy waters, and once we were all bedded in provided us a great trip. Too many snapper to count, and as take home a John Dory plus our companions kingfish. I’d particularly like to single out Paul’s attentiveness to us as a group and the way he then developed his plan. And I think he was pleased (as were we) that our group scored highest on the kingfish that morning!
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Date of experience: March 2018
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