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Celebrating 20 Years of Operation
Reef Encounters were proud to celebrate 20 years of operation in 2018. Thank you very much to all our clients, friends and family that have supported us over the years enabling us to reach this great milestone.
Our Backyard - Pondalowie Bay
Check out our backyard in the spectacular Pondalowie Bay, Innes National Park.
Drone footage kindly supplied by Sky Perspective.
June 2018 - Yorke Peninsula Tourism Awards Hall of Fame
Reef Encounters Fishing Charters enters the Yorke Peninsula Tourism Awards Hall of Fame after their third win within the fishing charter, tour and transport operator category. The Yorke Peninsula Tourism Awards were held on 22 June 2018 with winners judged to be the most outstanding in their category for their significant contribution to tourism.
November 2016 –South Australian Tourism Awards
Reef Encounters Fishing Charters were awarded a silver medal at the 2016 South Australian Tourism Awards in the Tour and Transport Operator Category.
October 2016 – Australian Tourism Accreditation Program (ATAP) accreditation
Reef Encounters received ATAP accreditation which provides clients with an assurance that we have proven commitment to the highest quality of service and business procedures. Trust the tick, click here to find out more about what the logo represents.
October 2016 – What’s Up Down Under
We hosted the cast and crew from What’s Up Downunder on 8 October, well done Angie on her first ever fish. The segment went to air on Saturday 12 November.
July 2016 - Yorke Peninsula Tourism Awards
Reef Encounters Fishing Charters won the Fishing Charter, Tour and/or Tour Operator category for the second time running at the Yorke Peninsula Tourism Awards. The Yorke Peninsula Tourism Awards are presented to recognise and promote excellence in the Tourism Industry. Tourism Award winners are judged to be the most outstanding in their category.
October 2015 - Reef Encounters Fishing Charters & Out of the Blue
Michael Keelan and the Out of the Blue crew joined Reef Encounters Fishing Charters for a day out, check out the footage of Michael catching a fish of a lifetime.
October 2015 - 2015 Brand South Australia Regional Awards
Reef Encounters Fishing Charters were a finalist at the Statewide Super Tourism Award at the Brand SA Regional Tourism Awards held in Port Pirie on Friday 23 October 2015. Awarded for outstanding achievements and significant contributions demonstrating excellence in South Australia’s regional communities.
November 2014 - South Australian Tourism Awards
Reef Encounters Fishing Charters were awarded a silver medal at the 2014 South Australia Tourism Awards in the Tour &/or Transport Operator category.
July 2014 - Yorke Peninsula Tourism Awards
Reef Encounters Fishing Charters won the Fishing Charter, Tour and /or Transport Operators category at the 2014 Yorke Peninsula Tourism Awards. The Yorke Peninsula Tourism Awards are presented to recognise and promote excellence in the tourism industry. Tourism award winners are judged to be the most outstanding in their category.
"In 1998 Reef Encounters Fishing Charters commenced operations and quickly established itself as one of the foremost charter services in South Australia, with a large return client base from South Australia and interstate."
"As most of you know, there are charter operators, and then there are good charter operators, and then there are a handful of excellent operators who get you to the fish and make sure you get what you are after. After numerous years of doing all manner of charters I have been able to sort out the great from the good and the ordinary in SA,..."
"We find its too hard to access the Wedge waters with our own boats given the notorious seas and distance, so we choose to travel with Mark whose knowledge of these waters is without peer. These trips happen frequently given the great success we've had with him.
It’s a place that keeps you coming back for more that’s for sure!"
"To access these grounds though, you really gotta know what you're doing. I've fished wide of Pondalowie Bay a few times now, and always under the guidance of Mark Wynbergen of Reef Encounters fish and dive charters."
"We knew we were up for a decent trip as he knows these waters like the back of his hand. Mark also knows how to get us hyped up and after fishing with him dozens of times, he's seen the heartache experienced as I've lost some dream fish. He knows exactly where to take us and what to target to get us seriously stretched."
"Mark worked very hard to put us on to the fish and came through with flying colours every time. We all agreed that this was the best charter we had ever been on, and it was with a touch of sadness that we stepped into the tinny for the final time."
"Mark kept us amused with his many fishing stories of years and years of fishing these superb waters around the bottom of Yorkes. There is no substitute for local knowledge. No wonder he knows exactly where the fish will be hiding."
"On our two-day charter we hooked more than 20 different species of fish."
"I was soon tight to a five-kilo red as braid sped off the overhead. Relentless head-shaking and short and sharp runs are snapper antics which are hard to weary of."
"My latest trip to the area was aboard Reef Encounters fishing charters, which operates out of Pondalowie Bay on the southwestern tip of Yorke Peninsula. The morning went well. After only being anchored for an hour or so over some deep reef, skipper Mark Wynbergen called our daily boat limit of thirty Nannygai."
"Mark certainly takes you to the fish and we can recommend his charter as an exciting fishing adventure."
“ Can’t thank Mark and Nathan enough for a day that was the most fun I have ever had in my life. After eight hours, I pulled up my line for the last time for the day and was already flipping through my mental calendar to figure out when I will be able to come out again. ” - Keith