What people have to say about fishing with CASCADE CHARTERS ...

(BANDIT - Muscle Farm trip)    Had a great day out yesterday, even though it was a bit rough. Our skipper ( Phil ) was outstanding in every department. He was very, very informative. As we had our grand children with us, he was absolutely magnificent helping them bring in fish, joking with them and making them feel like they were part of the team. We got pretty close to our quota within 2 hours and headed back in as the weather was closing in. Everybody on board was very happy with his wise decision.  We will definitely be back for another great day.

Thanks so much,


Wayne and Wendy Sparkes.



Just a short e mail to express to you what a wonderful fishing charter I have just completed . I can't thank you enough, from the time I first met Charlie and Phill. Charlie asked us what we wanted to achieve ,thinking that oh yes some lucky guys will get the chance to catch some big fish let alone  some less capable as me would stand a chance. I need not have worried Charlie made sure we had a go at all spieces of fish and made sure we were all treated equally. We were shown all we wanted and more. Charlie and Phil were very compasionate and obliging, the cups of tea kept us going and the meals were great. This charter exceded all expectations. Your praises will be heard far and wide. 

Many thanks and all the very best to Charlie and Phill.

Trevor Roys.

We booked a long time ago for this trip and it was really worth it The team has called it THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME We would like to compliment the staff on board we were well looked after Food was great and plenty of it. Fishing was good plenty of variety. Accommodation was fine. We learned some new tricks and hopefully showed your team a few hints as well Would not hesitate to recommend this trip to anyone in the future.
Ian Warren (2018)

I just got back to the US.  Thanks for accommodating us for the wonderful trip.  I found out we fished on the Cascade with Capt Mike. Mike is a great guy and we are happy to fish with him.  Every thing was near perfect.  We had great anglers, great crew and good weather.  

Thanks again.

Kil Song

Please pass onto to owners that the trip was absolutely superb, Crew were amazing with everything from meals, fishing and their professional attitude to the charter and clients.

Thank you guys so much

Cheers Willie, JMac, Mark & Pete

We do 3 or 4 trips a year with this team of professionals and our clients and us are never disappointed with the experience or results.

An overnight at white island is a must do people!

Matt Breach

Had a 21st on Tracker for some winter fishing at White Island. Charlie the skipper along with deckhand Toby put everything they had into ensuring we had a mint time - always had us right over the fish, well fed and well entertained.

Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a solid white island trip!

Josh Rudd 

'Trip of a lifetime' Mike and Luke are true kaitiaki. Sharing their wealth of knowledge skills and respect for the Moana and Tangaroa.

Fishing the Three Kings with the Cascade team has to be on everyone's bucket list.

Don't just think about it, get out and book a trip.
The boat and experienced crew made this trip .

Thanks Mike for an amazing trip to the kings, you are a true Kaitiaki. Thank you for sharing your years of experience. You are a top notch skipper, by far!

Luke your the man...your skills and knowledge really set the scene for the whole trip.

Simply the best.

Jodi Edwards

I don't often do reviews but, these guys Mike and Luke on Cascade charters gave us more than a fishing trip to the Kings...It was a journey and a trip that will never be forgotten..
Mike is the skipper that keeps you safe, finds the fish and always has a cuppa on offer..His cooking is wicked ..Luke is the guy who catches king's when he throws a hook and sinker with no bait on over the side as a demo, and catches kingis. "TRUE STORY ". The real deal sea lord ..Very helpful and knowledge like no other..Thanks guys for taking us on the trip.

 Wayne Potter

I've just completed my fourth Ranfurly Banks trip with Cascade Charters and it was a "blinder".

As a seasoned tropical,sports fisherman I always enjoy the challenges of fishing locally using totally different tackle as is required in a location like the Ranfurly Banks.

Cascade is always,clean,tidy,functional and a fantastic platform to fish off for species like,Kingfish,Harpuka,Bass,Bluenose,Trumpeter etc.In other words more often than not your fishing deep.

On this particular trip we landed all of the above species.My first Bass and Bluenose.

The crew can make or break a fishing trip and I have no hesitation in saying Mike the Skipper and Luke his assistant were outstanding.Both highly skilled,great communicators and regardless of what asked of them ,they delivered.

Now food,this is on another level.

Cooked breakfasts,lunches,dinners,hors d'oeuvres,regular tea,coffee,and snacks,the whole ten yards.

My fellow anglers were all extremely complimentary regarding the charter and quality of fishing and accordingly we have re booked for trips on Cascade in 2018 and 2019.

Can't wait.

Neville Hugland

We do 3 or 4 trips a year with this team of professionals and our clients and us are never disappointed with the experience or results.
An overnight at white island is a must do people!

Mathew Breach

Best boat n best skipper....luxury for charter n best atmosphere....


These lads are a class act.
Have done 5 trips to date (White, Ranfurly, Kings).
Wouldn't bother looking elsewhere.
Good boat, great crew and the best fishing!

Hayden Abraham

If you enjoy your fishing and the Ranfurly Banks is on your bucket list you simply cannot go past Cascade Charters.

6 of us have just returned from 4 days aboard Cascade. The fishing was awesome – even though I ache all over – clearly something to do with age. Heavy duty Bass, Bluenose and Hapuka from the deep. Steam train Kingies from the reefs. Even a 17lb Snapper, a John-Dorey and a Blue cod rounded out the catch – and we won’t talk about the big bitey things….

Special mention must be made of Skipper Mike and Deckie Sean who both work tirelessly to maximise your fishing experience. Mike is absolutely fantastic and I can’t rate him highly enough. I have been fortunate to have been on a number of Charters and he is up there amongst the very best of Skippers. Absolute right mix of serious instruction (to us and Sean) and a wonderful sense of humour – certainly able to wind up a few of the boys – especially the number of times “Sharks” turned into Kingies after a big battle – followed by a wee smirk from Mike – great stuff. Sean also worked hard for us and also possesses a great sense of humour – in particular his commentary on those that could not count to 5 before locking and loading on a steam train Kingie. Both provided a fantastic experience for us.

We did not go without anything at all (well maybe sleep) – great food, hot drinks and good banter – just fantastic.

As I said if the Ranfurly Banks is on your bucket list look no further than Cascade Charters – just a great operation all round.

All our thanks to Mike and Sean as well as Jeanine for behind the scenes organisation.

Eric Kjestrup

Firstly we had a fantastic trip last week,couldn't have asked for more.

Having Luke as Mikes assistant was also great value,a very professional team.

All the guys throughly enjoyed themselves and would like to repeat the trip at approximately the same time next year.

Neville Hugland

We had a good trip.  Mike and Greg were absolutely awsome in both kitchen and getting us on the fish.  I am in the process of planning next years trip for the boys ...

Aaron Mendoza

I have had the pleasure of doing a couple of charters each year for the last 5 years, with Cascade Charters.

The trips have been nothing short of brilliant. They are a really slick, professional well run operation.

Skipper Mike has an excellent knowledge of all thing fishing, and knows all the spots to go.  He has a great sense of humour and goes the extra mile to ensure everyone has a great time.  I will continue to use Cascade Charters for all my fishing trip in the future.  They are one of the best Charter Operators in New Zealand, and I highly recommend doing a trip with them.

Dan Harker


Many thanks for the recent trip, it was as always a cracker.  The guys have all asked for me to pass on how much they appreciate the work tht the guys do.  Mike as always worked his ass off to get us onto the fish and then keep us all entertained, he is pure gold that guy and a real asset to your company.  John was great too and one of the best deckies I have seen on board ...

Mark Armstead - Extreme Sportfishing Adventures

Well after a great trip to the banks in Feb its time to re book and have another go!

A great trip was had, even got the boats first marlin for the year and a great hall of blue nose. I sent the photos to a manager at Carters NZ who promptly put them in there trade news magazine. This news magazine goes nation wide to every Carters customer so capturing the boats name was a great effort ...

Karl Clemm

Excerpt from article written by Chris Jensen for 'Tauranga Game Fishing Mag' after a 3 day trip to Tonga

We reflected on a great trip , we had 12 definite marlin strikes a number of unidentified strikes and several good mahi-mahi. Cascade is a big volume boat to fish on with plenty of room for accommodation and living area so you never felt crowded. Mike and Sam struck a good balance between being a mate, having a few beers and being professional charter operators (not always an easy thing to get right). We were well fed and looked after. ...

 ... we had a great time in Vavau and cannot speak highly enough of the service we received on Cascade. Highly recommended to anyone wanting a winter fishing getaway.