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   Ken is the owner and skipper of this lovely vessel and you'll find him the perfect host to ensure your customer-orientated experience is as memorable as possible. With Ken in charge, flexibility with guests is the key to a successful and satisfying trip.

With 25 years experience in the corporate world and as a passionate fisherman, especially for game species, you are assured maximum effort and best results.

Ken grew up in Auckland sailing and fishing, a member of RNZYS since a teenager, he was selected to be the general manager of the club for the first successful Americas Cup 2000 defence.

Over 20,000 ocean miles almost all in small to medium motor vessels, Ken has skippered Gladiator to the Pacific Islands three times. In 2010 he took Gladiator to the remote Chesterfield reef located in the coral sea some 1500 miles from New Zealand chasing Dog Tooth Tuna and Giant Trevally.  This year Ken also took Gladiator to the Chesterfield reef four times.

In 2010 Ken and his wife Donna, fishing without crew, won the Kingfish Lodge Easter tournament with the heaviest billfish. Donna has also won top Striped Marlin and Billfish angler at Houhora Game Fishing Club in 2008, the heaviest blue marlin, most tagged and released marlin and angler with the most points in 2010/11 and the heaviest blue marlin and 1st marlin landed in 2011/12.  She also won the 1st weighed marlin for NZ in the 2011/12 season.  Ken was awarded top skipper prize at the Houhora One Base in 2005.

During the Nationals in 2013 Donna caught and weighed a world record bronze whaler shark.

 

 

 Nathan is the newest addition to the Gladiator team.  He has a large background in the marine industry and has been working on the water from a young age.

Returning from a two year stint on the 200ft motor yacht 'White Rabbit' as a leading deckhand and boson has fine tuned Nathan's attention to detail and high level of service.  Prior to being on White Rabbit, Nathan was on a 250ft super yacht.  Before travelling overseas he was a member of the team down at Orams Marine.

Nathan holds his STCW 95 certificate as well as his boat masters and will be sitting his skippers ticket in August 2013.

Nathan has a great passion for all things boating and in his spare time enjoys diving for which he holds his dive masters certificate.  

 

 

News / Exciting Trips
PENDING WORLD RECORD BLUEFIN TUNA
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March 20, 2014
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FISHING REPORT FOR HAURAKI GULF
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December 10, 2013
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WORLD RECORD RATIFIED
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July 26, 2013
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