FishingPro is a part of Gladiator marine, a respected family business of 20 years standing run by husband and wife team Ken and Donna Pascoe. Both very keen fishers with many sports and game fishing records and titles.
Gladiator Marine owns and runs one of New Zealands best known large luxury gamefisher charter boats aptly named Gladiator. Gladiator is a 55 foot Salthouse sports fisher www.gladiatormarine.co.nz
Ken is a licensed captain and tries to spend as much time onboard often spending up to 200 days a year fishing and cruising. Ken has skippered Gladiator to the Pacific Islands 3 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. In 2012 Ken also took Gladiator to the Chesterfield reef 4 times.
Donna regularly gets out on Gladiator keeping in touch with where the fish are and the current best techniques to catch the big ones and of course spending time talking to our fishing captains. Reviewing boats and crew on the water as the season progresses keep us well informed to know which vessel is right for you.
In 2010, Ken and 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. In 2012/13, Donna won first Striped Marlin tagged for the season at Houhora Game Fishing Club, 1st in lineweight during the Nationals for a bronze whaler. Donna has also had the bronze whaler shark caught in the Nationals ratified by ISFC as a World Record for line weight and also the NZ record.
Ken and Donna derive great pleasure from helping anglers realise their dreams in catching the “big one” that all anglers dream about. We pride ourselves in our honesty and integrity in doing our utmost to help our clients achieve their goals, with luck and the weather the only things left to chance!
Donna with her World Record bronze whaler weighing 140.6kg caught 22 February 2013
Ken and Donna with Donna’s blue marlin weighing 243kg caught in the National tournament, placed 3r