Fishing in Stewart Island
If you go fishing, your catch will likely be the succulent Stewart Island blue cod. Go with a guide and he or she will fillet and bag it for you. Some will cook it for your lunch! We recommend going out with one of the real salt dogs who have fished these waters all their lives.
Lo Loma Fishing Charters. Richard Squires (aka Squizzy) runs an old-school operation with a historic wooden boat and traditional hand line fishing. You'll hear some great tunes, belting out of Lo Loma as you near the wharf, and hear some great stories once you're on board for a relaxed half-day fishing trip. Advance booking is recommended (half- or full-day charters are also possible). These trips are not suitable for preschoolers. Oban. 03/219–1141. www.loloma.co.nz. From NZ$80.
Leask Bay Fishing Charters. Join Andrew and Sharyn on the Rawhiti, a wooden launch built by Andrew's family in 1910. Half-day trips depart twice-daily weather permitting. Experience traditional hand line fishing and catch blue cod, which is cooked onboard for your lunch if you go on the morning trip. Advance bookings are strongly recommended; children are welcome, and ages under five go free. 31 Peterson Hill, Oban, 9846. 03/219–1391. www.leaskbaycharters.co.nz. From NZ$80.
Rakiura Charters & Water Taxi. Hop onboard the Rakiura Suzy, a custom-built modern boat with heated cabin and covered fishing deck for a half-day of rod and reel fishing with Matt. Full-day tours, pelagics for small groups, fish-and-hike combos, scenic cruises, and custom charters are also available. Whatever you choose, have a cuppa onboard and tuck into Alina's home baking! Advance booking is recommended, and children welcomed (and under five free). A water-taxi service is also available, but price depends on destination. Oban, 9846. 0800/725–487 or 03/219–1487. www.rakiuracharters.co.nz. From NZ$100.
Southern Isle Charters. Fast comfortable boats are available for charter and are suitable for large groups; fishing and scenic cruises are offered as well. Prices depend on the number of passengers and destination. Oban, 9846. 03/219–1133.
Southern Limits. Take a full- or half-day fishing charter with Brett onboard the Frances II, a commercial fishing boat. All gear is supplied, and fish can be cooked onboard. Minimum numbers apply; advance booking is a must. Oban, 9846. 03/219–1234. www.southernlimits.co.nz. From NZ$85.
Tequila Charters. Want to crew for the day on the commercial fishing vessel Tequila? Learn how to prepare cod pots, process the catch, fillet fish, and use hand lines to catch your own blue cod to take home. "Chook" aka Anthony has more than 25 years of experience in commercial fishing and will show you how things are done in the "roaring forties" (so called due to the unpredictable weather at 47 degrees south). Wet weather gear and equipment is provided; trips depart Halfmoon Bay wharf twice-daily weather permitting. Reservations are essential. 03/219–1334 or 027/251–7122. www.stewartislandfishing.com. NZ$75.
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