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Join a 4th generation fishing family whose life revolves around the ocean

Our bond to the local area is boundless. We fish in a sustainable way that will let future generations get the same enjoyment and experiences that we do. Our aim is to give you a safe and enjoyable time on the water with the opportunity to take home some delicious kai moana whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery that Kaikoura has to offer.

Our Vessel

Rough Habit is a surveyed custom built fishing vessel equipped with the latest equipment to target the fish in our local area and keep us safe. Capable of carrying 6 passengers plus 2 crew you will get an intimate experience. Powered by a 260hp marine diesel engine, Rough Habit is capable of 30+ knots. This means less time getting there and more time fishing. Our Skipper Jackson, has been fishing these waters for most of his life so he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience from catching crayfish to sword fish.

About us

Owners and operators Jackson and Elizabeth along with their daughter Willow, are starting an exciting adventure together. Both Jack and Liz come from fishing families.

Jack is a fourth generation commercial fisherman in the Kaikoura area who has grown up on the ocean. He was destined to be a fisherman from his first word being fish to catching the family goldfish with a spoon at the age of two! Yes, you read that right, a goldfish with a spoon. Did we mention he was two? Eventually, Jack decided to ditch the spoon to start working for his father. Over the last eight years predominately fishing for crayfish, he has learned a lot about the ocean, passed down through generations in his family.

Liz grew up learning to catch fish with her father in the tropical waters of Mexico. Her father ran his own fishing charter company catching big game fish like marlin and swordfish all the way to targeting bone fish with a fly rod!

So it’s safe to say that these two grew up with an affinity for the ocean. Jack and Liz now want to show their daughter the immense enjoyment that comes from a life on the ocean.

We had a fantastic day out on the water. It was great to get such great instruction and background information along with catching multiple species of fish. Also had a chance encounter with a whale on the way back to shore. Will definitely go back out the next time we’re in Kaikoura.


Great skipper, a lot of knowledge on local marine life and everything was spot on. Good fishing and enjoying the amazing scenery that Kaikoura provides from the sea made our day! Cheers for the experience guys, best of luck!


An unforgettable experience from a stunning sun rise to Crays and Fish galore. We even got up close and personal with the revered ocean mammals of kaikoura. Jackson was a super knowledgeable captain and he made our trip comfortable and a truly unmissable experience. Highly recommend and I would certainly go again.

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