The Bay of Islands Swordfish Club is the oldest game fishing club in New Zealand with a history dating back to 1910. Game fishing by rod and reel was first started by a few enthusiasts at the turn of the century. In February 1915, Major A.D. Campbell caught the first ever marlin on rod and reel in the Bay of Islands. It was during the mid-1920s that Zane Grey, the American writer and fisherman came to the Bay of Islands and the Bay became famous as a game fishing destination through his book ‘Tales of the Angler’s El Dorado’.
Today, the Bay of Islands Swordfish Club has clubhouses in both Russell and Paihia. The rich history of game fishing in the Bay of Islands can be traced on the walls of both clubhouses. With outstanding views over the Bay and extensive photo displays and historic fishing memorabilia, both our clubhouses are ideal for an intimate gathering or large group. Both clubhouses have full bar, restaurant as well as function facilities.