Bream Bay Charters

Charter fishing aboard SUMO


About Us - Bream Bay Fishing Charters

Our Story

Bream Bay Charters Limited is based in Marsden Cove Marina. It is owned and operated by local charter fisherman Stephen Martinovich. Our as New Vessel SUMO is permanently moored at berth C9 in the Marsden Cove Marina, situated near the Marsden Point Oil Refinery. This is just inside the entrance to Whangarei Harbour, Northland, New Zealand. It is only a short 1.5 hour drive north of the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Steve Martinovich has been operating Bream Bay Charters for 29 seasons. Previosly using the fabulous local charter boat Cara J.

In 2017 SUMO was the new replacment vessel. She is clean, comfortable, safe and solidly reliable. SUMO has been fastidiously maintained over the years  She travels at a quick 13 -18 knots to maximise your fishing time and with room for up to 16 fishing in comfort, she is the ideal fishing platform.

The Skipper

Skipper Steve Martinovich has over 29 years chartering experience fishing locally. He built CARA J himself in his workshop at home in Ruakaka Beach and has been successfully fishing CARA J and now  SUMO in beautiful Bream Bay ever since. He is regularly fishing from the Whangarei Harbour out to the Hen & Chicken Islands, Moko Hinau Islands, along the Tutukaka Coast and everywhere in between. He prides himself on putting his clients “onto the fish” and many of them have successfully won numerous prizes in fishing contests over the years with some wonderful catches, many of which being personal bests.

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The Trips

Bream Bay Charters offer many trip options, we can tailor one to suit you.

  • From relaxed 4.5hr twilight evening line fishing trips. Starting at $120 PP
  • Full day line fishing trips to the Hen & Chickens Islands. Starting at $150 PP
  • Moko Hinau Islands 11 hour big day trips. Starting at $220 PP
  • Overnight and multi day trips and contests, tailored to your needs.

All targeting - Snapper, John Dory, Kahawai, Mau Mau, Trevally and Kingfish

  • Hire rods available
  • Bait supply available on request
  • Big Game Fishing adventures & contests. Jan - May (all international tackle supplied)
  • Targeting - Marlin, Tuna, Sharks, Mahi mahi & Kingfish.

The Boat SUMO

SUMO is a 14 metre long fully surveyed Charter Vessel, has a high speed planing hull and is configured as a sedan style launch, designed to get there quickly, comfortably and safely. She is solidly built to full MSA Survey for 23 passengers passengers outside harbour, with lifejackets and all the other required MSA safety equipment aboard.

The SUMO is constructed from composite wood & fibreglass & was purchased by Steve in 2017

Steve now maintains her in tip top condition, always ready for the next fishing adventure. With her high powered diesel engine, she can easily cruise at 13-18 knots

SUMO has full and the latest Electronic Aids including digital dopler Radar, sea structure G.P.S., Hi Powered chirp Sounder, Low power Sounder plus side scanning sounder, EPIRB, VHF radios, Auto Pilot and Auto Anchor.

She has a large internal undercover cabin area with overnight accommodation for up to 6 guests as well as a full galley, dinette and lavatory.

SUMO has good quality line fishing rods and reels available for hire. She is also Big Game rigged with International Tackle, outriggers and game chair. She features an extra-large fishing cockpit, with ice boxes and bait stations and a small BBQ.

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SUMO is moored at:

Marsden Cove Marina, Berth c9 - Marsden point Northland, Whangarei Harbour, New Zealand.

We have a second pickup point at Mcleod’s Bay wharf.

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