Hi guys, Just wanted to say a big thanks to you guys for yesterday! Awesome day out and the people were really happy, and Peter Harrison more than impressed. Brett as usual you put in a huge effort, so thanks very much for that. I just can’t fathom why ‘somebody’ would use any other operator to go out birding in the Hauraki Gulf….it just makes no sense!

I’ve copied below text from a trip report Sav just sent in to BIRDING-NZ. Thought it might be of interest. I also just posted the following – take a look at this internet link – http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=381

I first met Brett & Chris in 2006 when myself & 3 mates traveled to NZ from Australia in search of big snapper on soft plastics. We fished on Assassin at Great Barrier Island & the surrounding islands for 4 days & caught over 100 snapper per day with our biggest hitting 23lb as well as catching Kingfish to 25kg on poppers, jigs & livebaits.

Every year since then we have fished with Brett at either Whangaroa or Great Barrier & have arranged multiple trips back to back for other friends & none of them have ever been disappointed.

Assassin is a great boat in all sea conditions & you won’t get a better charter operator on the east coast of the north island, as well a being a great bloke Brett really knows his stuff.

Skipper Brett and his charter boat “The Assassin” have definitely lived up to their name and reputation as one of the best charters in New Zealand. The fishing each time has been absolutely amazing whether it be mechanical jigging or live baiting for mega Kingies, Snapper or Hapuka.

Brett has extensive knowledge of where the fish are and each time we have been the catch has been amazing. Some of us we have caught our largest trophy Kingies in the Great Barrier Island region on board the Assassin.

Our fishing club “The GBFC” have always used the Assassin for our special kingie and Hapuka hunts which have always delivered far superior results. Brett is a real professional and will always go out of his way to find where the fish are and teach us new tricks on how to catch the big ones. The best charter boat by far….

Always a great adventure to be had on the Assassin and we look forward to our next trip soon.

Brett is a highly motivated skipper when it comes to finding good fish, no matter how many miles it takes. That’s the difference – you’re fishing with a vastly experienced skipper that knows how to fish, not someone that’s watching the clock and the fuel gauge. Assassin is ‘the perfect boat’ from a sport fishers perspective and is family friendly too.


Every trip on the Assassin I and my family have had has been successful. The skipper always goes the extra mile and makes sure everyone either a new fisho or an old hand gets fish.

We needed a great captain to take us fishing for a girls 60th birthday outing. Boy oh boy our man Brett took us where the most honorable fish were!

If you want an affordable and magical experience with a man who knows the sea, the area, the birds, the history – and where the fish are, you can’t beat this charter. Thanks for an experience we will all remember for the rest of our lives!