Assassin Fishing Charters is owned and operated by husband and wife team Brett & Chris Rathe.

Brett and Chris have been involved with running boat charters for people like you for more years than they can remember. They’ve taken many professional fisherman out along the east coast of New Zealand and are world renowned for running fishing charters in the area.

Always friendly and accommodating, Assassin and it’s crew are available throughout the week and weekends. Phone 021449842

Brett was one of the first to be taught the art of using softbait by the Ozzies and they come once a year with all the latest and greatest of gear and techniques.

But Brett has not forgotten the art of bait fishing, he is able to use the method to fulfill your goals. Whether its for dinner of a trophy fish, Brett will do his utmost to achieve this.

The AssassinCharter Boat

Name: Assassin

Type: 36′ Tempest built on the Mahurangi River

Speed: Cruise speed 18 knots

Berth: Comfortable fishing for 6 to 8 anglers straylining, up to 6 anglers softbaiting or hapuka fishing.

Sleeps 6 anglers on overnight trips.

Licensed for 12 on bird watching or sightseeing trips.

Brett has been brought up on boats as his family have been boating on the Hauraki Gulf for four generations.

Who We Are

Brett RatheBrett Rathe


Brett’s father Jack was a commercial fisherman and also loved entering all the game fish contests with wife Ngaire, and all the family were involved.

Learning to dive with Guy Kidd at Dive Centre in the early 70’s, Brett still enjoys capturing Crayfish and Scallops.

Brett’s also sailed to the South Pacific Islands several times and fished, snorkled and dived there too.

Brett is a very able boatman and has experienced all conditions that the sea has thrown at him, he has a wealth of knowledge in many ways of fishing and rigging up your gear.

Brett gives his clients the best possible experience out on the water, whether they’re fishing or bird watching, because he has an infectious passion for the outdoors which is sure to rub off on you.

Christabelle RatheChris Rathe

Boat Organizer

Chris organises the charters and makes sure everything runs smoothly.

She is the cheerful voice on the end of the phone taking bookings.

Chris also dives and regularly out fishes Brett. She has owned and ran the tackle shop Warkworth Boat and Fishing Centre for twelve years.