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M18643, is a family owned fishing and boat charter company operating out of Tauranga - gateway to the rich waters of New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty. The owner, Mike, whose game fishing and seafaring exploits over the years has taken him from the Eastern Atlantic, to the Indian Ocean, the Pacific and the Caribbean, retired from professional life some years ago to pursue his passion for deep sea fishing and diving while enjoying first hand, the spectacular beauty that New Zealand and its marine life have to offer.
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M18643 is Tauranga's premier Fishing and Boat Charter Company Specialising in Game Fishing, Deep Sea Fishing, Diving and Sports Fishing

1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?

M18643 was founded in 2007.

2. What is your company's mission?

Our goal is to deliver the best value for money experience on the Bay of Plenty and we are confident that we have the knowledge, equipment, commitment and skills to bring both the novice and expert into contact with some of the best fishing and diving New Zealand has to offer.

3. What does your company specialize in?

You can rely on our personalised service on day trips, overnight trips, as well as extended live-aboard charters, where we cater for both novice and experienced anglers, dive enthusiasts, and sightseeing groups.

4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?

M18643, owned and operated by Gisela and Mike, is based in Tauranga – gateway to the rich waters of New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty. Mike, a civil engineer, (whose game fishing and seafaring exploits over the years has taken him from the Eastern Atlantic, to the Indian Ocean, the Pacific and the Caribbean) retired from professional life some years ago to pursue his passion for deep sea fishing and diving while enjoying first hand, the spectacular beauty that New Zealand and its marine life have to offer.

5. What is your most popular travel package and why?

If you are serious about big game fishing, then we recommend a 4 to 5 day game fishing safari to give you and your companions quality time amongst the big fish (while saving you money on your land based accommodation).

6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?

What a ripper day! First fish ever caught for one of us. A skipper who knows his stuff. Enough snapper, tuna, john dory + kahawai to feed 5 families! Not only that the weather was outstanding. Thanks Mike + Gisela for an absolutely awesome day. Makes you happy to be alive!

Reviews and Comments
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 1  Excel Refrigeration and Air Con Waikato Amazing fishing charter 2011-08-31
On behalf of Excel thank you so much!! Had the most amazing day out on the water and the service was beyond exceptional. Mike made the day with his knowledge ... view more and hospitality. We would highly recommend this fishing charter to anyone. Thanks heaps.

 2  Dick Extraordinary fishing trip 2011-08-31
Extraordinary fishing trip with an extraordinary skipper Mike from Tauranga. More than 50 kingies released but kept some huge ones. Greatest fishing ever.

 3  Ballance Crew Team building 2011-08-31
Whoa awesome day! 7 crew caught fish and Mike was too much for a captain. Cheers. Good day "balanced" team building on Sunfish 1. We will be back again for a full day fishing.

 4  Dianne Drummond Professionalism 2008-10-01
We were impressed by your professionalism, in aiding all anglers on board to have an enjoyable day out. The fishing was superb, and your ability to find and ... view more keep us on the fish was exceptional, resulting in many kingfish and trevally being landed. I am still grinning from ear to ear with landing a Kingfish on softbait gear, a huge amount of fun. Your attention to detail, including fitting of gimble belts for those of us in need, and the wide selection of food that you had available was appreciated.
Personal highlights included the sighting of three marlin, which unfortunately eluded us on this occasion, but great to see them in the Bay of Plenty waters. It was also great, that there was so much space aboard Sunfish, allowing passengers to move freely around and also to experience the action from the flybridge. Dianne Tourism BOP

 5  Wayne Rutland Awesome couple of days 2008-10-01
Thanks for the most awesome couple of days. Between the snapper caught and the excitement of the suspected broadbill swordfish – which ended up being a 2 hour ... view more battle with a big bronze whaler shark, the running with the dolphins and everything else, it has kept us fully entertained. Hospitality and food were excellent. We know where to come and catch fish and you know how to look after your guests! Thank you (Wayne Rutland and friends)

 6  Fiona Graham Diving was excellent 2008-10-01
Thank you very much for a most excellent days outing on the boat “Sunfish 1”. Perfect sunshine and calm seas around Motiti Island! Diving was excellent ... view more -recommend the Tahoma wreck. Skipper and crew were knowledgeable and very helpful – making for a great day! (Fiona Graham and crew from Scotland)

 7  Gordon Sims Great Day 2008-10-01
Thanks for a great day out on the water. Good fishing and good company – thank you.

 8  Sally Williams Great food 2008-10-01
Plenty of terakihi, skippys and snapper! Keep on fishing those soft baits - seems to be the way to go. It was a really relaxed atmosphere, great food and conversation. (Bucks party)

 9  Shenelle Weir good day's fishing 2008-10-01
Thanks for looking after us and making sure we got to different fishing spots – a good day’s fishing and all the food was great! Shenelle