I grew up fishing in Wellington chasing anything with fins. In the past I have run charters in the Bay of Islands NZ, catching everything from Snapper to Marlin and I have been a top Trout guide in Queenstown. After fishing the Wellington area for over 20 years I established Black Pearl Charters in 2013 and I am enjoying every minute of it.
My philosophy on guiding is to get you guys out there fishing and having fun. So I have built up a fishing charter that I would want to fish with if i was going on a charter – fast, clean, safe but most all fun.
Whether this is your first time or you have fished the world, you won’t be disappointed by my knowledge of the area and the fishing we have on offer. My friendly relaxed attitude will be sure to make for an enjoyable day on the water.
The BRAND NEW Black Pearl is a custom built 10m Osprey powered by twin 225 Yamaha outboards supporting the latest release in outboard technology, Yamahas “HELM MASTER” system.
Fully kitted out with the latest Raymarine electronics, with Matts 25 years of fishing in the Wellington area and ongoing experience in the charter industry no detail has been overlooked.
In full restricted coastal Maritime survey she truly is a go anywhere boat and the newest most modern charter boat in the Wellington area.
Reliable & fast, cruising at 30 knots she gets you to the fishing spots quickly and safely, meaning more time for fishing and less time traveling!
On the majority of trips we leave from Mana Cruising Club or occasionally Seaview Marina depending on the weather and fishing expectations, I will confirm this with you the night before.
When heading north on SH1 after going over the inlet bridge take a left at the second set of traffic lights at the marina motel. Head over the train tracks and take a left between the rugby fields. You can park next to the club rooms in the members area, I will be to the right by the launching ramp.
Park on Port Road closest to the corner of Marine Drive (Eastbourne end) Walk through the track by the toilets and across the car park. I will be in front of you at the launching ramp.
Another awesome evening out with Matt. As usual he was a great host, the gear is in top condition, boat is fast so gets you in the water quick as and he knows his stuff. fish weren't on the chew hard out but still came away with mixed bag of kahawai, snapper, trevelly, and a good gurnard so can't complain at that! All in all a awesome evening out on the pearl to finish the week off!
November 23, 2018
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October 29, 2022
Awesome morning out on the black pearl this morning. Snapper for the boys, kingi for the queen few kahawai in amongst it too! Great hospitality from Matt! Real down to earth and realistic. Highly recommend to anyone looking to do a fishing charter.
February 15, 2018
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October 29, 2022
Awesome trip out... caught about a hundred snapper kept 30!!!! Great day out with Matt... highly recommend
January 22, 2018
Had a great afternoon out! Caught a heap of fish and couldn't have asked for anymore. Matt was awesome, I highly recommend this charter and will defentially be booking again!
January 15, 2018
Very comfortable and great new boat. Matt is a great skipper and landed us right on the fish. Great evening out.
December 18, 2019
Awesome day trip out, first time out but will definitely go again, Matt looked after us all very well
October 27, 2017Fiona Palmer
December 15, 2019
Fantastic day today. Thanks heaps Matt what an awesome charter. You were so welcoming and we all had a great time.
March 30, 2018
We had another awesome trip with Matt Dobson, he is friendly and has a very clean and tidy vessel, its a beast of a boat really. The fishing was a day of surprises starting with the weather followed by a mixed bag with Snapper, Gurnard, Trevally, Tarakihi, Kahawai all coming aboard... Cheers Matt boys were stoked....
December 22, 2020
Fantastic day out on the Black Pearl with a group of great mates. The skipper Matt runs a well oiled operation with great local knowledge of several fishing spots with pretty much most target species getting dragged up ... our day out was finished perfectly with the “ catch and release “ of an absolute monster snapper which will be talked about for years to come! Definitely going again !
October 10, 2019
We had an amazing trip out with Black Pearl! The captain was awesome and the fishing was so much fun with plenty of snapper fillets to take home. Totally recommend and we’ll be back for more. Worth every cent!
April 9, 2021
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April 29, 2021
Wonderful day. Matt knows his stuff and the good fishing places around welly coast. Would definitely go out with him again.
March 31, 2018
Matty is best skipper and good fun good times and almost guaranteed catching fish and very reasonable prices A+++
April 3, 2019
We had a great time fishing with Black Pearl Charters on Saturday, a couple of nice kings returned to the sea for next time, Matt is a great skipper and has an awesome boat, plenty of space and a comfortable ride, We will definitely be back, I would recommend this operator if you are looking for a great day on the water. Cheers Matt Gazz
June 29, 2020
Recommend Black Pearl Charters to anyone! Enjoyed yesterday even in the southerly cold and rain it was a lot of fun! No wind and calm sea. Thanks to Matt for the afternoon! Will be back!
June 24, 2019