After 20 years guiding and running “Gone Fishing”, a successful fishing charter business on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, it was time for a new adventure for Mark, Ali and their 2 teenagers. The decision was made and in 2019 the waterways of the Algarve became the new home for Gone Fishing Portugal.
Finding a new home and navigation of the necessary formalities completed, Gone Fishing was ready for lift off. The boat, a 4m trailerable Quintrex Hornet, was ready too; fitted with the latest Garmin electronics, live tanks and Minnkota electric motor. Mark, with customary enthusiasm and a nose for adventure, set about discovering the lakes, rivers, dams and coastline of the Algarve.
Mixing local knowledge with his extensive guiding and fishing skills, Mark has tailor-made the best fishing experiences for his clients, offering guided fly and lure charters for 1-2 anglers. His attention to detail, patience and great teaching skills allow him to cater for experienced anglers or complete novices.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a setback, but it has allowed Mark more time to discover and create an impressive tick list of unique fishing experiences. It has also allowed him to indulge his love of nature and to learn more about the local flora and fauna.
What clients love about Gone Fishing is that every day is a new adventure for Mark. “I want my clients to enjoy the experience, the natural environment and the beauty of the Algarve, not just the fishing”, he says. Guiding is never a chore and the pleasure he gains from putting smiles on faces, drives him and the business along. A day fishing with Mark is always an adventure.