Captain
John Hangodi

Member since July 2014

Cairns, Australia

Background
Captain John Hangodi has 25 years of international guiding experience, including 15 years as partner at a renowned Knight Inlet Salmon Lodge in B.C. Canada. Today, he's swapped the Pacific and the West Coast rivers for the peaceful estuary of Cairns.
Techniques
On a charter with Paradise Sportfishing we specialise in live bait. Each charter commences with John throwing the cast net in search of Herring,Sardines,Prawns or Mullet. Sometimes it only takes a couple throws to get enough ''livies'' to last the morning. Then it's time to anchor up on a wreck,snag,drain or rubble patch and put the live baits down. Simple but most effective gear: single hook and sliding sinker. Let your bait hit the bottom and.......WAIT!!

Hey, I'm Captain John Hangodi

Cairns, Australia
Background
Captain John Hangodi has 25 years of international guiding experience, including 15 years as partner at a renowned Knight Inlet Salmon Lodge in B.C. Canada. Today, he's swapped the Pacific and the West Coast rivers for the peaceful estuary of Cairns.
Techniques
On a charter with Paradise Sportfishing we specialise in live bait. Each charter commences with John throwing the cast net in search of Herring,Sardines,Prawns or Mullet. Sometimes it only takes a couple throws to get enough ''livies'' to last the morning. Then it's time to anchor up on a wreck,snag,drain or rubble patch and put the live baits down. Simple but most effective gear: single hook and sliding sinker. Let your bait hit the bottom and.......WAIT!!

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Fishing Reports

Summer Fishing Reprt

February 26, 2017

It has been super HOT,WET and HUMID,but the fish have been biting. We've had plenty of rain in recent weeks and Trinity Inlet has had a solid,much needed flush of fresh water. While the live bait has been elusive… Read Full Report →


SUMMER CONDITIONS HEAT UP THE ACTION!!

September 21, 2016

The recent northerly winds are a sign of the return to Summer Conditions. The water temperature in Trinity Inlet has been on a steady rise for the last couple weeks! The BARRAMUNDI are definitely becoming active and there have… Read Full Report →


Seasons Are Changing

August 26, 2016

It came without warning! All of a sudden the last few days the temperature has been on the rise and the winter conditions are leaving us! I always look forward to the arrival of September as the fish in… Read Full Report →


Tropical Winter Fishing in Cairns

August 10, 2016

We are in the middle of Winter here in Cairns and the conditions have been tough! Along with the low water temperatures we have had unseasonal rain thrown in to the equation. Quite a few mornings we have had… Read Full Report →


Fishing Cairns in Winter Conditions

April 30, 2016

The tropical summer has definitely come to an end with wintery conditions upon us. It won't be long before the water temp will be 26 degrees and the Barramundi will be feeding less frequently. However last weekend we still… Read Full Report →


Great Fishing Cairns on Flood Tides

April 09, 2016

The high tides of the recent Black Moon did not disappoint once again! As usual,the live bait was the key factor. It took a few extra throws of the net,but the patience was rewarded. Not as many Barras were… Read Full Report →


Big Barramundi in Cairns Inlet

March 31, 2016

We hoped there would be at least one more decent rainfall coming, we have arrived at April and it looks like the wet just did not happen this year. \The small tides before the upcoming black moon have been… Read Full Report →


RISING WATER TEMPS BRING ON THE BITE

January 28, 2016

The incoming morning tides following the full moon have been productive. The live bait has been challenging to get,but well worth the effort. Jacks,GT'S and Threadfin Salmon were taken on sardines. Two Barras over a meter were hooked in… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.48 out of 5 stars from 55 reviews

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Ashfield, nsw
Went fishing on Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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The Entrance, nsw
Went fishing on Monday, September 10, 2018

The fishing was tough but John kept moving trying to put us on the fish keeping the bait up to us and lines in the water.
Fish were caught but only a couple of keepers.
We caught a blue salmon and fingermark bream that were great on the bbq.
I would recommend Paradise Sportfishing for anyone, thanks John.

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Brighton East, vic
Went fishing on Thursday, August 23, 2018

Sadly fish were not biting but great to be out on the water.

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Adelaide, sa
Went fishing on Tuesday, August 14, 2018

We were fishing lots of bites so he knows where to go just didn’t get that many fish .Highly recomend

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Woolloongabba, qld
Went fishing on Monday, August 13, 2018

Thanks to Paradise Sportfishing Charters and Captain John Hangodi for giving us a superb morning out fishing.. It took the rest of the day to wipe the smile off my wife’s face after she caught the best fish of the day.. . We will be back and hope to catch a Barrumundi next time round !!

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Bathurst, nsw
Went fishing on Sunday, July 15, 2018
Andrew Rendall does not recommend Paradise Sportfishing Adventures

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Brisbane, qld
Went fishing on Saturday, June 30, 2018

Dan the skipper was charater with a good personality. Too much time spent looking for live bait.  Only had time to fish 3 spots which were in the middle of the river system away from natural structure. Eqiupment was old and cheap. Fishing with heavy mono line. Should expect this during a shared charter and I understand the need to cater for all types of anglers. All in all an entertaining afternoon on the water. A hand full of fish caught between 8 anglers with none keepable size or species. Thats fishing!

Brad Ross does not recommend Paradise Sportfishing Adventures

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Rowville, vic
Went fishing on Saturday, June 30, 2018

Very knowledgeable captain Daniel. Had a good trip and caught fish. Happy days

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Traralgon, vic
Went fishing on Saturday, June 30, 2018

Good day,however a little disappointed to spend one hour getting bait.

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Carrie, ky
Went fishing on Thursday, June 28, 2018

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Port Lincoln, sa
Went fishing on Sunday, June 24, 2018

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Seventeen Mile Rocks, qld
Went fishing on Thursday, May 24, 2018

John is very friendly and helpful. He is also experienced in picking the right spots for fishing. My wife and myself each got a trivally and added up to around 1 kg. John chats with everyone and create a friendly atmosphere. Thanks so much John!

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John Hangodi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, May 25, 2018

Hi Ya Eric
You made the trip Buddy.
As soon as I met you on the dock I knew we’d have a great morning.
You were enthusiastic and patient and you had a smile on the whole morning!
Hope the GT’s made for a great meal.
Cheers
John H

Vermilion, ab
Went fishing on Saturday, May 19, 2018

Had a great morning out with captain John, very friendly and helpful. He was very on the ball with fresh bait and even a few casting lessons. Between all of us in the boat we caught six different species and had a great time.

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Bathurst, nsw
Went fishing on Monday, April 23, 2018

Very well looked after. Always on the go looking for fish. He did all the baiting up and cleaning. Very friendky. We booked again. Top charter

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Palm Beach, qld
Went fishing on Sunday, April 15, 2018

My second trip with John, friendly, knowledgeable and works hard to put you in the best place to catch fish. Can’t recommend Paradise Sportfishing Adventures highly enough. Great bloke and love the banter onboard between anglers and John! As Arnie says ” I’ll be back”

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Picton, nsw
Went fishing on Thursday, April 5, 2018

Amazing experience for my son ❤️

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John Hangodi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, April 6, 2018

Your boy Sammy has the Fishing Bug!!
As a parent,all you can do Is support his passion and encourage him along the way.
To take him on a charter is such a cool thing to do Nerissa.
For the next few years you will find yourself in BCF frequently…..
Print that photo off your computer of you and Sam with that Giant Trevelly and put it in your fridge!
Cheers
Paradise Sportfishing Cairns

Tonghi Creek, vic
Went fishing on Thursday, March 29, 2018

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Anstead, Queensland
Went fishing on Wednesday, February 21, 2018

really nice trip. The captain is really warmhearted and experienceful. We got 12fishes in 4hours. Fantastic trip!  Fishes are dilicious!

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Australia
Went fishing on Friday, December 29, 2017

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Moorooka, Queensland
Went fishing on Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Great morning fishing! John was extremely knowledgeable and had a overall great experience on the boat! Would highly recommend!

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Melbourne, Victoria
Went fishing on Friday, October 20, 2017
Stephen Frys does not recommend Paradise Sportfishing Adventures

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Australia
Went fishing on Thursday, October 5, 2017

Easily recommend these guys to anyone wanting to take the family out for a day trip..Daniel was very easy to chat with, knew what he was doing and made it a fun trip. We caught a few fish too. My partner most importantly really enjoyed herself. Highly recommend..

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Australia
Went fishing on Friday, September 29, 2017

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New Zealand
Went fishing on Monday, September 18, 2017

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Alexandra, Queensland
Went fishing on Monday, September 4, 2017

5 passengers on the boat, we left the marina just after 7:30.  First stop was to cast the net for live bait - herring and
mullet.  We tried 4 different fishing spots but , despite being out on the change of the tide, the fish were not biting today.  From the 5 of us all that was caught were 2 undersized queenfish, a flounder (not worth keeping ) and a very small bream - which detached itself before being landed. John certainly tried hard for us but it just wasn’t happening.

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Blacktown, New South Wales
Went fishing on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Very relaxing morning out fishing. Captain did all he could but the fish just weren’t biting

We caught a couple of throw backs. Captain was extremely friendly and helpful and was so good at remembering people’s names

Definitely would return

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Auckland, Auckland
Went fishing on Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Enjoyed a great time over 2 half days fishing the Cairns Estuary with Skipper John Hangodi.
Caught a range of fish including a nice Mangrove Jack that John advised to take to the local Salthouse Restaurant to have cooked. John gutted and scaled fish in preparation and they cooked it 3 ways which was delicious. John had some great tales to tell and has 17 years experience in Cairns waters so he knows all the spots to try. He definitely went the extra mile to ensure we had the best chance to catch fish - and moved frequently if nothing was happening at a given spot. Really enjoyed the trips and will be back next time I visit Cairns

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Sydney, New South Wales
Went fishing on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Mike was great
however fishing was poor
Would have liked to try more spots and techniques

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Australia
Went fishing on Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Great trip with captain Mick, would of been better if we caught more fish, but very enjoyable and

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Carlingford, New South Wales
Went fishing on Sunday, May 21, 2017

Great trip. John contacted us on booking to check what we wanted out of the trip. John is a great captain and entertaining and fun to go out fishing with. Highly recommended to everyone. We had kids and grandparents on board and all loved it
Thanks heaps Paradise fishing from all of us

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Australia
Went fishing on Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A great day with a friendly and knowledgable captain

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Clontarf, Queensland
Went fishing on Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Not for the experience fisherman.

Kevin Challen does not recommend Paradise Sportfishing Adventures

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Australia
Went fishing on Saturday, April 1, 2017

Everything was perfect except for the fact that I didn’t catch anything. Bad luck

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John Hangodi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, April 2, 2017

Hi Paul
Thanks for taking the time to write that review.
You are right ...  everything went pretty much according to plan.
We got Plenty of Quality live bait and there was lots of action ...on everyones rods,but Not Yours.
You did not do anything wrong,it’s just that if was not your day!
Cheers,
Hope to see guy again,
John H
Paradise Sportfishing Cairns

Carseldine, Queensland
Went fishing on Monday, March 20, 2017

Fantastic morning
John was so patient in the way he handled us as his guests making every effort to catch us decent sized fish
It was unfortunate that we hooked many but just couldnt boat them
I would recomend this trip to anyone coming up and if i return i will surely book another trip

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Brisbane, Queensland
Went fishing on Saturday, January 14, 2017

John is a great guy! Friendly and knowledgeable, awesome day spent out with him! And I caught my target species so very happy with the outcome! Will definitely go again next time we’re in Cairns!

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Australia
Went fishing on Saturday, December 31, 2016

Was an enjoyable trip. Unfortunately we didn’t catch any fish.

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Australia
Went fishing on Tuesday, December 27, 2016

It was a great morning, the catching of live bait fish was an addition to the experience that I didn’t expect and although we didn’t catch any eatable fish we had a good fight with a catfish and fed the barracuda we caught to an eagle. Really great morning.

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Redbank, Queensland
Went fishing on Wednesday, December 7, 2016

John was very friendly and knowledgeable about fishing.  After catching some live bait he took us to three different spots to drop our lines. This split up the morning very nicely. John was very on top of making sure everyone’s line was baited and ready.  The fishing was a little tough that day but we did manage to catch some smaller fish.  Overall I think it was a very good experience.

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Australia
Went fishing on Thursday, November 24, 2016

The trip was well organised by Fishing Booker and I would recommend them highly. Also the Captain Justin.

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Perth, Western Australia
Went fishing on Monday, November 7, 2016

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Brisbane, Queensland
Went fishing on Monday, November 7, 2016

John is very nice, teach us the fishing skill as well. First time to catch the queenfish, great experience, would love to join next time and highly recommend John.

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Thornbury, Victoria
Went fishing on Monday, September 26, 2016

Had a great day with John, very entertaining and informative. Unfortunately the fish went off the bite so nothing to show off to the wife. Overall was a good day ,saw some wildlife and a good fish caught by someone else. That’s fishing.

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Ermington, New South Wales
Went fishing on Friday, September 16, 2016

Was a good fishing trip. Caught any dhufish, unfortunately a little bit to small but good bites as well. Was a pleasure Dave.

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Benalla, Victoria
Went fishing on Monday, September 5, 2016

Unfortunately the weather made life very difficult with heavy rain and howling wind.
John did everything he could to get us onto some fish in the worst conditions imaginable.
Would definitely recommend it to anyone, John worked hard to give his clients their money’s worth.

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Tempe, New South Wales
Went fishing on Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Where to start, had an absolute awesome day out in the inlet cruising around and fishing.  John is a great tour guide really knows everything there is to know about fishing and an absolute legend.  He has a very comfortable boat so having multiple people on board is not a problem.  Even if the fish weren’t biting at that very moment there is so much more to take in, from the mangroves all along the shore, catching the bait in the morning, the wildlife that is around you at all times to just getting to know the other people in your tour and John himself.  We were lucky and caught multiple different kinda of fish and John was able to show us whatever was unique about each one.  Couldn’t have asked for a better day.  John if your reading this thank you very much !!!!

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Campbelltown, New South Wales
Went fishing on Tuesday, August 2, 2016

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Australia
Went fishing on Monday, May 16, 2016

We had a great half day trip, didn’t catch much but enjoyed the day.  Met some nice people and captain tried very hard to make sure the passengers enjoyed the time on his boat.  As for not catching any fish, that’s the luck of the day, would certainly recommend this trip.

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Sydney, New South Wales
Went fishing on Thursday, April 28, 2016

We had a great time on the trip John was very attentive and looked after us well the fish were not as active as we hoped but we did manage to catch a lovely GT which we took to the salthouse restaurant at Cairns and it was beautiful…great day

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John Hangodi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, April 30, 2016

Thanks for taking the time to write Helen .
You and Jim were a pleasure to have on board.
I’ve posted your photo of the exquisitely prepared GT.
That trip was Jim’s 40th….so I hope to see you at the same time next year!
Cheers
John H


Australia
Went fishing on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

My girlfriend and I had a great morning on the boat with John, John really looked after us, john a true gentleman , would recommend going on fishing on Johns boat,  easy to talk to Aswell as his knowledge , thanks john

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Australia
Went fishing on Friday, November 6, 2015

John was a cool guy and really made the experience to what it was. We experienced how to find and net live bait fish and caught few fish such as GT’s , barracoota, banjo shark and some small other fish. I didnt catch the big barramundi i was after , however we received what god had to offer.

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John Hangodi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, November 7, 2015

Hi Mario And Corinna
You guys made the trip!
You were both so patient and enthusiastic and chatty with the other guests.
Fishing was definitely slow that day,but you guys helped everyone stay positive.
At least our feathered friends cooperated!
Cheers,hope to see you again
John H

Coolangatta, Queensland
Went fishing on Sunday, October 4, 2015

John, the skipper was quite entertaining, although there were no fish worth talking about. Three undersized grunters and a puffer and to top it all I didn’t even one of those. To a degree I felt sorry for our leader.

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John Hangodi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, October 18, 2015

Hello Chip
You were a pleasure to have on board.
It really was a tough day,with bites few and far between.
The toughest part of the charter is getting enough quality live bait. And that day we had all the live bait we could carry!
You were enthusiastic and patient and kept the others entertained while we waited for the good strikes that never happened.
Thanks again for coming out,hope to fish with you again.
Cheers
John H

Brisbane, Queensland
Went fishing on Monday, September 21, 2015

We spent 3 enjoyable mornings fishing with John from Paradise sports fishing Cairns during the September holidays. Because we booked two trips initially John was very upfront about our first trip. He stated before the first trip that because of the tides not to expect too many fish. But he also told us the following trip would be better because of the phase of the moon and the tides. Well he was spot on and what impressed me was his honesty. Each trip he had a plan where to catch the baitfish and where to fish during different tide changes.
I didn’t realise it was so important but now can understand the logic of it. We had two very enjoyable mornings that we booked a third trip. John tried his hardest to give us the best chance of catching fish.  John has been charter fishing in Cairns for a long time and he is passionate about his job. A very interesting and friendly guy who never seemed to get too worried about things. He constantly moved spots which is hard work constantly pulling up anchors. He put all our bait on and would take the fish off. I didn’t realise that nearly all the fish up here have such sharp teeth or gill rakers.
Our last trip we had a bout a 100 strikes. We caught some take home finger mark snapper lots of dew fish a wolf herring a flathead some catfish and a four foot eel.  We fed a sea eagle each day and everybody enjoyed the experience. Well worth the money spent.
I have just decided to book again with John for at least three trips next September school holidays. Next year
I would highly recommend John to other families.

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Went fishing on Saturday, November 29, 2014

The weather wasn’t favourable with showers during the morning, however everyone enjoyed the session. Although there weren’t many keepable fish caught Skipper John’s service was excellent providing live bait and assisting everyone and giving them the best possible chance of catching fish.

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Went fishing on Friday, August 15, 2014

Booked a trip with Paradise Sportfishing and had an amazing day out! My girlfriend and I were on the boat with 4 more people and everybody caught something, but I caught eighty centimeters Barramundi! What a unforgettable experience!
I’ll definitely book again and I highly recommend this charter!

Fished August 2014

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Went fishing on Saturday, April 19, 2014

My family and I spent a nice morning with Capt. John (eight of us). It was great fishing that day and we caught some fish like barra, fingermark and salmon. Caught much more, but released because of the size. Capt. John is very nice, provided great experience for all of us and shared his knowledge with us. Thanks to him, we’ll have some great fishing stories to share.

Highly recommend Capt. John and his service.

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