What started out as a part-time hobby, has turned into a full-time career for Gene Denton aka the ‘Whitiangler’.
“A few years back I started a Facebook page and named it – ‘Whitiangler’ – the purpose being to share not only mine and my families adventures, but to share everyone’s aquatic escapades,” says Denton.
“Before I knew it, Whitiangler had quickly become one of the leading Fishing related Facebook pages in New Zealand as people subscribed by their thousands to get their daily dose of adventure!
“I’ve always enjoyed fishing, even from a young age and growing up at the top of the Coromandel Peninsula I would take my mates fishing. About couple of years ago, I started doing charters, I just wanted to share that amazing experience out on the water with others.”
Denton specialises in targeting Kingfish, Snapper, Hapuka, Marlin or customising a trip to suit the client’s requirements, all leaving from the small coastal town of Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula.
“We’re lucky here, we have a beautiful coastline to explore, and some great fishing grounds. We can really do whatever people want.”
One thing that has remained consistent for Denton venturing out onto the water is Yamaha.
Denton currently has a Stabicraft 2250 Centrecab powered by a Yamaha F225 four-stroke outboard as well as a Stabicraft 1450 powered with a F50 and two Yamaha Waverunners. The Yamaha’s in his stable are by no means his first, and certainly won’t be last.
“Sometimes it feels like I’ve had everything from 2hp-225hp and everything inbetween.”
“I’ve had a 2hp, 8hp, 25hp, 50hp, 130hp and now the 225hp.”
Like every charter operator, Denton say’s reliability is at the top of his list when it comes to choosing an outboard motor.
“Every single motor has run fantastically. In this game, you can’t afford breakdowns. Reliability is so important, and that’s what I love about Yamaha – the reliability.
“Out on the water with customer’s, you have so much to worry about, the last thing you want to be concerned about is a motor not starting. I haven’t had a single issue with any of the Yamaha’s I’ve had.”
“I know when I go out there, and turn the key, it’s going to go. I’ve done 8500-9000 miles in the last few years, and I’ve never turned the key and it hasn’t started first pop.”
“Over and above everything else for me is the reliability factor, that’s why I’ve chosen to stick with Yamaha for so long.”
Like any mechanical item, Denton says that sticking to the regular service intervals is important. “I try and get the motor serviced every 100 hours. We have a great relationship with our local Yamaha dealer here, Whitianga Marine Centre, who are flexible in accomodating us when it comes to the service intervals.”