Derek Gerritsen grew up in Paihia, Bay of Islands and had his first taste of marlin as a school kid swapping peanut butter for smoked marlin. From there he spent his younger years rock fishing and diving leading into guiding tours and Heli fishing.
He then went on to work for the Bay of Islands Swordfish Club (the 2nd oldest gamefish club in the world) for ten years from door man to management. Derek has a vast knowledge of the local best fishing spots and the fishing history of the area. He has crewed on various vessels in the Bay of Islands including the Grey Ghost with captain JR Riley, Wild Bill Charters, Te Ariki Nui, Independence and the famous Zane Grey boats the Alma G and Otehei.
Derek has also fished the blue waters of the Big Island, Hawaii aboard the Kona Safari with Captain Big Wave Dave, catching beautiful Blue marlin, mahi-mahi, Ahi- Tuna and Wahoo. Hearing the big tales of the Giant Black marlin had him beckoned to Cairns, Queensland Australia and the magnificent Great Barrier Reef. Working under Captain Chris (Sharky) Miles aboard the Maritimo 550 catching multiple 1000 pound plus giant black marlin.
Rest assured you are in good hands catching your next BIG FISH with Captain Derek.