Ryan Janke with a needle fish in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Ryan Janke with a needle fish in Montego Bay, Jamaica. CONTRIBUTED

Man flies almost 14,500 kilometres to catch a shark

A MAN has travelled to Mackay from the other side of the world, just to catch a shark.

Five years ago Ryan Janke, 30, worked with an Australian in Canada, and was told to go to Mackay if he ever wanted to catch some good fish.

So he did.

A month ago, he made the spontaneous decision to take up the offer, quit his renovating job and told his boss he he was heading Down Under to go fishing.

Back home, Ryan fishes in fresh water, and his fish of choice is the hardest one to reel in: the musky.

And that's where his obsession with sharks stems from.

"I catch the baddest fish in the great lakes. Why not catch the baddest of the ocean," he said.

He left his home in Windsor, Ontario three weeks later and arrived in Mackay after a 33-hour transit.

Mr Janke is still coming to terms with how to fish in Australia.

"It took a good couple of weeks before I could understand the tides properly, to be able to fish it," he said.

 

Ryan Janke at Nashy's Compleat Angler.
Ryan Janke at Nashy's Compleat Angler. CONTRIBUTED

It took him two weeks to catch a fish, but so far it's only small stuff, and now he is asking for help to get his dream of catching a shark back on track.

"I've got a few big bites, but nothing's hooked up," he said.

"If anyone wants to give me a line, help me out a bit, that would be greatly appreciated,"

"I've been here almost a month now and I haven't caught a shark, I'm kind of getting frustrated and looking elsewhere (to fish).

"There's no dream if I don't catch one - it's quite a waste of money to come here and not catch a shark," he said.



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