Last weekend the Gladiator team headed up to Houhora for the annual prize-giving at the Houhora Game Fishing Club to see if they could snare a few prizes in the most coveted awards of the 2014-2015 fishing season, and were thrilled to be rewarded once again with a swag of trophies, as follows:
National Prize list: Donna Pascoe
1st Most tagged striped marlin 9
1st Most points striped marlin 4500
1st Most tagged short bill spearfish
3rd Most points short bill spearfish
Gladiator – 3rd Most points striped marlin 4500
Team Member Houhora Varta cup winning team
Houhora Club prizes: Donna Pascoe
1st tagged marlin season
1st most tag and released marlin 11 striped marlin
1st most billfish points 11 striped marlin 1 short bill spearfish
1st ladies champion angler 11 striped marlin 1 short bill spearfish 1 mako, 1 yellowfin tuna
With Donna's recent world record Southern Bluefin Tuna in processing by the IGFA the Gladiator team are looking ahead and planning their next world record, concentrating largely on ticking off some potential other tuna species, making for an exciting time for Ken, Donna and Marcus.
Gladiator is at present down in Auckland Viaduct where the team are continuing with maintenance and work to get it ready for a cracking corporate season. As the days get longer the fish get closer and it's not long until they’ll be taking their clients out to experience the awesome fishing on Auckland’s doorstep. Big spring snapper and kingfish are a common bounty to return with in just a half day trip departing the very heart of Auckland city.
The new Caterpillar C7 engines have continued to have some hours put on them in anticipation of Gladiator’s busy season. These are running perfectly and, although this undertaking of installing new engines in the boat was a big one, it really echoes Gladiator's commitment to offering the very best experience on the water. The team have been gathering data from the engine's performance and very soon they’ll be re-pitching the propellers and this, coupled with the new engines, is a formula for more speed out of the boat and it goes without saying that this is great news. The Corporate season in Auckland has already started to pick up with Gladiator heading out for both party cruises and fishing charters in recent weeks.
For more information on Gladiator, please visit the website at http://www.gladiatormarine.co.nz .