What to bring on your fishing charter

When you come fishing or sightseeing with Fishmeister, we can provide as much or as little as you need and are happy to discuss the options with you before your trip.

Bait, berley and ice

For bait, berley, ice and fishing equipment - see Top CatchYou are welcome to provide your own, however we can arrange this for you in advance – it’s your choice. Even if you are taking your own, feel free to chat to us about what the best bait for your trip will be.

We recommend Top Catch at 8 Wood Street, Mangawhai Heads for your bait, berley and ice.

Fishing rods and tackle

We recommend you bring your own rods and preferred tackle, but do have a range of equipment for hire should you need it.


Even the warmest day can become cold on the water. Please make sure you bring something warm for later in the day – even a woollen hat for colder days. We have a cabin to store bags and belongings.

Sun protection

The effect of the sun can be magnified at sea. It is essential that you have a sun hat, sun block and plenty of fluids. We highly recommend polarised sunglasses to protect your eyes from the glare.

Water activities

We do not supply snorkelling or diving equipment and cannot take responsibility for your safety during these activities. The skipper is an experienced diver and can ensure that all boat safety guidelines are followed if you choose to dive or snorkel.

Food and refreshments

Remember that fishing is hungry work so pack plenty of food! We also recommend plenty of drinking water. Alcohol is permitted on board however we ask that you drink sensibly. We reserve the right to cut the trip short if we are concerned for the wellbeing of anyone on board.

Life jackets

We carry a wide range of life jacket sizes up to XXL. We will ask for approximate sizes before your trip to make sure we can accommodate everyone safely. Life jackets are compulsory for bar crossings.

A chilly bin to take your fish home

You’ll want to have a chilly bin or chilly bag in your vehicle, ready to transport your catch home after the day’s fishing is over.

Sea sickness

If anyone in your party is prone to sea sickness, we recommend taking a sea sickness remedy the night before the trip.

Don’t forget your camera! We sometimes take photos on board and post them to our website but you may prefer to take some of your own. If you have a great photo or video you would like us to post on our website, just let us know.