Ross and Frances Taylor are owner operators of Target Charters and are proud to live locally in the Bay of Islands. Ross has over 40 years of fishing experience in Northland and particularly the Bay of Islands. Fishing is Ross’ passion and he enjoys giving clients the best day in the bay by going the extra mile for them. For the novice fisher person Ross is only too happy to assist with coaching and advice to help make their charter the best possible experience.
The Target Charter vessel is a comfortable 36 ft long, with a cruising speed of about 12 knots and a maximum speed of 20 knots. Target Charters offers a comfortable sheltered cabin with lounge seating and an easily accessible and fully private onboard marine toilet. Our beautiful boat is fitted with a full galley featuring a gas cooker, with an onboard gas BBQ available on request – cook your catch onboard, and experience the freshest fish possible while watching the sun set on our beautiful Bay of Islands! We have a modern Furuno Fish Finder/Chart Plotter on board to assist us in our fishing expeditions, and we are perfectly set up for game fishing with outriggers and a game chair. Our onboard fishing tackle is high quality Shimano gear, and our boat is completely compliant with all Maritime Safety Standards. We are surveyed to charter up to 8 people plus crew.
Our pricing is designed around your needs – whether you’re after a dawn to dusk hardcore fishing expedition, or whether you want to jump on with the kids and just have a fun half-day in the bay, we’re here to give you the trip you want! Follow the link to see a selection of our most popular fishing trip packages, but if you don’t see what you’re looking for, please just contact us and we’ll make a package to suit your needs.
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 13 June 2015
Thanks to Ross & Shane.
Had a great day fishing. Husband wanted to catch King Fish. Not only one but 2 caught, so husband very happy. We all caught fish with me catching my first John Dory, that's dinner tonight. Plus good size snapper also x 6. Hope to be back for that Marlin with my name on it real soon. Great boat, gear and crew. Thanks Shane for our filleted fish.
Go Target Fishing!!!
- Rick, Mick & Mary.
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 17 May 2015
Awesome day, Ross is a brilliant operator and takes you to the places where you are sure to catch the big ones. Deckhand Shane is a great bloke with brilliant knowledge of area and his efforts made our day all the more enjoyable. A must do charter in paihia!!
- Kerry C
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 24 March 2015
Been out with target charters quite a few times now as find him the best in bay of islands as he helps and also explains why you do what he is showing.
Have caught a lot of amazing fish.
Thanks again Ross, Shane, Frances
- Terry S