Brett Waterhouse is the Captain of Wai Whare Charters
he holds an Offshore Masters skippers ticket and has a vast amount of knowledge about the ocean.
Having starting his Charter fishing career on-board ‘Tracker II’ as a 2nd Skipper with Skipper Paul Kingie for a season of Ranfurly Banks, White Island and Three Kings Islands. Based in Whakatane.
Moved onto ‘Oracle’ as a 2nd Skipper, Skippered by the well known Mike Boswell (currently skipper of Cascade) for a season of Ranfurly Banks, White Island, Three Kings Island and the West Coast Blue fin Tuna.
Brett then jumped in to the Skippering role onboard the ‘Cascade’ at 22yrs of age fishing the Ranfurly Banks, White Island, Three Kings and the West Coast Blue fin Tuna. Based out of Whakatane.
Brett continued on to skipper the ‘Cova Rose’ for 4 years Fishing Three Kings, West Cosat Blue fin and a bit of commercial Albacore fishing. Based in Nelson.
Brett is now skippering the family Cray fishing boat ‘Okura II’ during the winter months and chartering both ‘Okura II’ and ‘Wai Whare’ during the summer months.
From all this, the knowledge Brett has gained from working with such excellent Skippers and having fished on so many boats He has plenty of tricks up his sleeve to dominate the fish in the Bay of Plenty.
Get out of your inshore fishing and explore the deep sea.
Brett says, "You never know what is willing to bite your hook!! My buzz from charter fishing is seeing the big smiles from clients with their meritorious catch in there arms. Never mind me catching I get more of a buzz watching beginners-experts with heavily bent rods".
Look forward to hearing from you.
Wai Whare Charters
Kane Melton is our 2nd Skipper.
Kane was in the Chatham Islands for 3.5yrs and learned a large range of commercial fishing, which consists of Surface Long lining (Blue Fin), Bottom Lining (Hapuku, Blue Nose), Auto Lining (Hapuku, Blue Nose), Cod Potting, Cray fishing and Boatman for divers (Kina, Paua).
Having returned back to his hometown of Pukehina, Wai Whare Charters scooped his unemployment up very quick as Kane is an asset to the running of our fleet. Also Cray fishes during winter months aboard ‘Okura II’
Kane has been Chartering as a 2nd Skipper for last 2yrs with Wai Whare Charters. Kane has huge passion and respect for the sea, which rubs off onto clients. He is a gentleman when it comes to caring for the client’s comfort, needs and entertainment. Making your fishing experience that much more memorable.
So we you see Kane on deck hit him up to get that massive fish off the end of your line or to hold on to your beer wile your winding it in.
Grant Curtis is our 2nd skipper/deck boss
Grant has 30yrs experience in the fishing industry. Ranging from commercial skipper to the Top boat 2yrs running in Tauranga Game Club.
Grant has extensive Game Fishing knowledge, having won and held almost every trophy in the Tauranga Game Clubs cabinet.
Grant has skippered all around the world but the NZ waters keep bringing him back as there is such a variety of fish here.
Grant has skippered all around NZ. The South Islands West Coast targeting the Blue Fin Tuna and chasing marlin all over the country.
3 marlin in a day was Grants usual fishing expeditions.
Having Grants advice and knowledge onboard Wai Whare is an absolute asset. His humour and dedication to fish hard is some of the best I’ve seen.