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.
Over the last few years have been out with Matt at least 10 times. Had some incredible days and even the hard days fishing by Matt's standards outshine some of the other charters I've been on.
October 24, 2017
great time with great mates
December 12, 2018
Matt's a great host, found us a great spot and we all came home with some snapper. will go again
March 17, 2019
awesome day out on the black pearl even know the fishing was hard due to a super full moon still went home with a good feed and had heaps of fun thanks Matt highly recommend cheers
March 22, 2019
Awesome!!! Was able to look after us very well especially Dad who loved his night out on the water. Found us plenty for a feed will definately be back!!
October 21, 2017
Put us on the biggest kings in nz! Have been on a few charters around the country and the black Pearl is at the top of our list to catch big fish! Cheers black pearl and skipper matt for the best fishing missions ever!
December 7, 2017
Another awesome trip with Matt on the Black Pearl! If I’m organizing the trip, it will always be with him and his boat. Fast, reliable and good conversations. Not to mention a bin full of fish! �
April 2, 2018
Hands down best charter in Wellington. Top quality gear & a skipper full of knowledge. highly recommended. 🐟
December 7, 2017
Great evening charter with Matt. He made less than perfect conditions look easy. very knowledgeable skipper .
December 9, 2018
Matty is best skipper and good fun good times and almost guaranteed catching fish and very reasonable prices A+++
April 3, 2019
Been a couple of times - each time Matt went above and beyond to ensure we had a great time. Top notch gear, local knowledge, comfortable boat and gets you onto the fish super quick thanks to twin grunty outboards. Worth every penny.
October 24, 2017
Great day out on Black Pearl !!! Great work Matty!!
January 27, 2018
Matt is a very relaxed operator, but don't be fooled. Behind the jovial man lies a wealth of fishing knowledge, not just of local Wellington waters. You will receive excellent care and dedication from a passionate skipper who loves to share his enjoyment of fishing with everyone, wether you are an absolute newbie to a seasoned veteran, your time will be structured around making fishing memories. Black Pearl Charters Wellington are one of the best I've had the pleasure of engaging for a fishing fix. I'm not new to fishing and I couldn't fault Matt's operation and cant recommend him enough. Cheers Matt, we will be back for sure.
July 15, 2019
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
Awesome day trip out, first time out but will definitely go again, Matt looked after us all very well
October 27, 2017
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
Awesome trip out... caught about a hundred snapper kept 30!!!! Great day out with Matt... highly recommend
January 22, 2018
Great day out on the water! Certainly beat being in the office. Caught enough for a feed! Keep up the great work.
July 14, 2019
Was awesome afternoon Father caught his first snapper at age 67 .on the fish that day Matt cheers Dude
May 30, 2018
Fantastic day today. Thanks heaps Matt what an awesome charter. You were so welcoming and we all had a great time.
March 30, 2018
Fantastic charter and fantastic captain. #options
December 7, 2017
Great charter heaps of fun..... skipper is awesome
January 12, 2018
Wonderful day. Matt knows his stuff and the good fishing places around welly coast. Would definitely go out with him again.
March 31, 2018
Took some mates from overseas on an evening charter. Matt, the skipper, as well as being a great host, sure knows his stomping ground, as we came away with a good haul of snapper, which was what we were after.
February 24, 2018
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
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
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
Awesome good fishing Matt will look after ya
October 30, 2018
Great day out fishing, Matt was easy going and sorted everything for us, thanks
January 4, 2018
Did an awesome evening run with the boys last night and it was absolutely amazing and beautiful. Best charter any of us had been to in Wellington hands down! No over crowding, perfect size and space for 5 to comfortably fish and not just fishing in one single spot! We all went home with a decent amount of fish, was a good selection of Kahawai, Terakihi, Gurnard and Snapper. (There were a few sharks we had to get off the lines but it was great entertainment!) Matt is awesome and friendly, offered us a cuppa / drinks & snacks which we definitely weren't used to on other charters. We are all still buzzing from the trip and planning more to come. Definitely give Matt a call and plan your next charter with him, great value for money and a bloody good bloke!
October 21, 2017