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Experienced Fishing Guide

Originally from England, Gone Fishing Portugal’s owner and guide, Mark, has been passionate about fishing since he first picked up a rod aged five. Inspired by his grandad, Mark spent most weekends and summer holidays fishing the local rivers. As a young adult he fished the club match scene and then the open match scene for money.

In 1999, after a year backpacking around Australia looking for fishing heaven, Mark and partner Ali emigrated to Australia and in 2001 started Gone Fishing Cooktown; guided fishing on the Great Barrier Reef and the rivers and islands around Cape York, Far North Queensland. Gone Fishing was very successful and over the years they were involved in a number of TV shows which allowed them to meet some real fishing and Aussie outback icons including regulars on the boat, Bush Tucker Man (Les Hiddins), Ray Mears, Andrew ‘ET’ Ettinghausen and Matt Watson. If you are interested in Australian sport fishing check out

In late 2018 Mark, Ali and their two teenage kids decided it was time for a change. They sold Gone Fishing Cooktown and relocated to the Eastern Algarve, in Portugal, where they started their new venture, Gone Fishing Portugal.

Anglers will benefit from Mark’s extensive knowledge, professionalism and easy going nature and from Ali’s organisation and hospitality skills.

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Some of Gone Fishing Portugal's reviews

Great day fishing for Largemouth Bass with Mark, he was knowledgable patient and made sure we were always having fun. My young son caught 20 fish up to a pound and a half and I got a few less, including my PB on fly. Would highly recommend Mark and Gone Fishing Portuga


Had an exceptional day on the Rio Guadiana. Mark is very knowledgable, and knows where to fish, conditions pertaining. The boat is built for access almost anywhere, and certainly allows for technical fishing. Thanks for the day!


Great guide, great person to chat to very friendly even when you get lures stuck in bushes all day, great fishing as well loads of fun


Excellent day out lure fishing for largemouth bass, something neither my nephew and I had never done before. Patient, knowledgeable, fun....the perfect fishing guide.
Also a great way to find out about the local hot spots and techniques to use at them.


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