About Black Pearl Charters

Skipper: Matt Dobson

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.

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Boat: The Black Pearl

Black pearl fishing charters 10m Osprey boat

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!

Directions: Launching Locations

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.

Mana Marina
Mana Marina

Mana Cruising Club 5 Pascoe Avenue, Mana, Porirua 5026, New Zealand.

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.

Seaview Marina
Seaview Marina

Seaview Marina 100 Port Road, Seaview, Lower Hutt 5010, New Zealand.

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.

  • positive review  Very comfortable and great new boat. Matt is a great skipper and landed us right on the fish. Great evening out.

    Eric Rawlings Avatar Eric Rawlings
    December 18, 2019

    Wonderful day. Matt knows his stuff and the good fishing places around welly coast. Would definitely go out with him again.

    Philip Meldon Avatar Philip Meldon
    March 31, 2018

    positive review  went out with Matt the other night an had an awsome time, great guy with a primo boat an knows his stuff. will deffinitly be going out with him again.

    Sam Sydow Avatar Sam Sydow
    March 2, 2021
  • positive review  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 !

    Tony Tasker Avatar Tony Tasker
    October 10, 2019

    Fantastic charter and fantastic captain. #options

    Steve Bird Avatar Steve Bird
    December 7, 2017

    positive review  Awesome good fishing Matt will look after ya

    Carl Coley Avatar Carl Coley
    October 30, 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!

    Jake Mcintosh Avatar Jake Mcintosh
    January 15, 2018

    positive review  Great evening charter with Matt. He made less than perfect conditions look easy. very knowledgeable skipper .

    Anne Simpson Avatar Anne Simpson
    December 9, 2018

    positive review  great time with great mates

    Doug Slade Avatar Doug Slade
    December 12, 2018
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    Amanda Althouse Avatar Amanda Althouse
    October 29, 2022

    Fantastic day today. Thanks heaps Matt what an awesome charter. You were so welcoming and we all had a great time.

    Gaylene Boggs Avatar Gaylene Boggs
    March 30, 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!

    Chantelle Deans Avatar Chantelle Deans
    October 21, 2017
  • positive review  Very professional pilot. Very lovely boat. great afternoon

    Glenda Athea Avatar Glenda Athea
    November 2, 2019

    positive review  Matt really looks after you and puts you on to good fish.

    Steve Ellis Avatar Steve Ellis
    January 23, 2020

    negative review  extremely disappointed with this charter I would have got better value setting fire to my money

    Al Hackett Avatar Al Hackett
    December 28, 2020
  • positive review  Matt's a great host, found us a great spot and we all came home with some snapper. will go again

    Kevin Anderson Avatar Kevin Anderson
    March 17, 2019

    positive review  Great day out on the water! Certainly beat being in the office. Caught enough for a feed! Keep up the great work.

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    July 14, 2019

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    Katlego Lerato Makhesa Avatar Katlego Lerato Makhesa
    October 29, 2022
  • 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.

    Wayne Affat Avatar Wayne Affat
    February 24, 2018

    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.

    Aengus Jankowsky Avatar Aengus Jankowsky
    October 24, 2017

    positive review  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.

    Aaron Reade Avatar Aaron Reade
    July 15, 2019
  • positive review  Great afternoon out on the boat, even though the fish avoided my hook- the others had more luck. Matt was absolutely brilliant with our 7 year old grandson answering his questions with great patience. We will definitely be back. Thank you

    Amanda Meldon Avatar Amanda Meldon
    December 30, 2019

    positive review  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

    Scott Hurley Avatar Scott Hurley
    March 22, 2019

    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!

    Peter Wright Avatar Peter Wright
    December 7, 2017
  • positive review  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!

    Wade Craze Avatar Wade Craze
    November 23, 2018

    Awesome day trip out, first time out but will definitely go again, Matt looked after us all very well

    Cameron Leigh Tongue Avatar Cameron Leigh Tongue
    October 27, 2017

    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.

    Jason Benham Avatar Jason Benham
    October 24, 2017
  • Great day out on Black Pearl !!! Great work Matty!!

    Hamish Sproson Avatar Hamish Sproson
    January 27, 2018

    positive review  Another fantastic day out on the water with Matt and The Black Pearl. He certainly knows where to find the fish. Would certainly recommend this Charter to anyone. We've had several trips with Matt now and he never disappoints. Bring on the next one!

    Tracy McAra Avatar Tracy McAra
    July 3, 2022

    negative review  would not recommend very unpleasant

    Ryan Shepard Avatar Ryan Shepard
    January 7, 2021
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