Guided Fishing in Hervey Bay

What People are Saying about our Guided Fishing Charters

Steve Starling

Steve “Starlo” Starling
Fishing Writer/Presenter

“John Haenke is one of those rare, gifted anglers with an innate ability to think outside the square, question accepted wisdom and challenge the status quo. Having rubbed shoulders with the best in the game for decades, John has not only learnt an immense amount, but also been able to teach and share much in return. Quiet, reflective and astute, Haenke has matured into an understated ‘grand master’ of his preferred passion: fly fishing in shallow, warm, clear waters for some of the world’s most sought-after sporting species. I sincerely believe that you could learn more in a single day with John than you would in 10 years without his expert guidance… Haenke is the real deal.”

Peter Morse

Peter Morse
Fly fisherman, Writer, Photographer

“I have known and fished with John Haenke for nearly 30 years. He’s a great bloke but also an outstanding angler and fly fisherman with a very wide breadth of knowledge and skills covering freshwater streams to the blue water, but most particularly the inshore waters, estuaries and flats. He’s a fine guide and I’d fish with him any day.”

Wayne Barrar

Wayne Barrar – November 2016
New Zealand

“Thanks for a great couple of days on the water. I really appreciate all your effort to connect me to such fine fish.
The bass fishery is fascinating and something I hope to return to shortly. The tuna too were so exhilarating to wrangle
with in the terrific waters of Hervey Bay. I can’t wait to return to experience the saratoga and barramundi as well….”

Andrew Korg

Andrew “Korg” Jarvis – October 2016
Writer for the Western Angler Magazine

“I was lucky enough to fish with John for a week in early November my wish list included Bass and Large Flathead as we don’t get either in Western Australia. Fishing for Bass on surface lures will go down as one of my more memorable sessions on the water in a very long time. I could only rate John in the highest grade of fishing guides.
I am eagerly planning my return later in 2017, with Saratoga high on my wish list!”

Darren Wren

Darren Wren – November 2016
Bilinga QLD

“John, we had a fabulous time, we really did, Olly has not stopped talking about it, and he overheard me saying we are coming again. He said it wasn’t like going with a guide, but more like a genuine friend.
Thanks again, it really was superb.”

Pierre Kiefer

Pierre Kiefer

“John has guided us for one day, it was a very good one!
Talking about fishing, his knowledge of the water and the wildlife, his clean boat and top tackle, excellent picnic and the tuna we chased and caught (and released) every moment was fun! Highly recommendable.”

Alan Richards

Alan Richards

“Thoroughly enjoyed the day, John has the right boat, experience and motivation to provide the best fishing opportunity despite the weather! Was surprised John was able to cater for a vegetarian, the salad, muffins and fruit were exceptional.”

Garry Rayner with his first Barramundi, caught in Hervey Bay

Garry Rayner with his first Barramundi.

Garry Rayner
Gold Coast

“A big thanks to John for finally getting me attached to a barramundi, a fish I have been trying to catch for many years now without much success. Through his persistence and knowledge, I was able to hook and land not only my first Barra, but 3 more after that, what an awesome experience! It was such a pleasure to fish with John, and I will certainly be doing it again. My next goal is to bring my son Cody up to catch his first barramundi, and then we might try for some threadies. Thanks John, had an absolute fantastic day!”

Reilly Fallon

“Had a beyond excellent time with John and Guided Fishing Down Under. I have fished in many places around the world and I can say, with 100% certainty that the fishing experience on Hervey Bay was one of the best I could have asked for. Looking forward to booking my next day with Guided Fishing Down Under and getting the one that got away!”

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