I am a local Alaska resident and an enthusiastic angler. Despite having my own boat, each year I always make time to fish a handful of trips with Joe Hanes as my guide. When family and friends come to visit, I like to relax and let a pro guide us to the big Kings. He and his guides know the Kenai river as well as anyone and they always seem to find fish–even on those days when no one else seems to be catching them. The thing that impresses me the most with Joe is his willingness to share his knowledge of the Kenai River and the outdoors in general. -Jim Delker DVM Soldotna, Alaska
You are the best and I can’t thank you enough for your hospitality. Fish Magnet is a true success and I’m sure you’re very proud as you should be. Alaska is my second home and it’s people like you why it’s my home. Stan, Becky and I go way back so I’m fortunate to have relationships with people like yourself along the way. -Elaine
I had an amazing time. Thank you for everything. Dinner was the best salmon I've eaten. You are indeed a full service guy and guide. Blessings! -Janice
Just wanted to send you a short note to thank you for the hospitality you showed my father and me last weekend. Although we didn’t get a chance to fish with you, I had a great time at your house the night before we fished the Kasilof.
By not taking us fishing when there was little chance of catching a fish on the Kenai, you proved that you truly wanted us to have a good time at the expense of day’s income for yourself. We both were very impressed by that.
In addition to the good fishing, wildlife viewing and terrific scenery, we experienced during out ten days in Alaska, we truly enjoyed the friendliest people we met. You can surely place yourself at the top of that list. After you arranged our trip with Joe Szezesny, you could have wished us well and sent us on the way. But you went out of your way to make us feel welcome in your house with your friends.
We certainly didn’t expect you to steam clams and cook moose steaks. We really enjoyed spending a few hours getting to meet you and your friends. You have a tremendous cabin and from all the creatures on the walls, it seems like you know how to enjoy yourself…
Someday soon I hope to convince my brother to come up there with me along with another friend. When we do, you can be sure that we will look you up. -Scott
Dear Captain Joe Hanes-
Thank you so much for a really great day of fishing on the Kenai River. We enjoyed it so much! We’re already talking about a return trip. If this materializes, you can be sure we will give you a call. Please give our thanks to Greg too. He was great. -Sincerely, Al & Hope
Thank you very much for taking us fishing. We had a fantastic time! We really appreciate the trip. Thanks again and take care. -The Szezesyn Family
Thanks so very much Joe for the great fishing and good time. We are sure enjoying the salmon – the smoked salmon is great:-). I just had a wonderful time . I really appreciate you spending the time with us talking to us and taking us to the favorite fishing holes! I even framed the photo of the big Dolly Varden – such fun. Also, thanks for sharing the awesome view of Skilak Lake. Take care. -Georgie
Thank you for teaching me how to tie flies. I had fun trout fishing and steering your boat. -Jack
Thanks for all the fun and many laughs. I don’t think I ever really enjoyed fishing too much at home before our Alaska trips. But now, I love to fish. I’m a little bit of the credit for teaching me to fish and providing me fun and laughs while we were fishing. I have unforgettable memories. I will miss you! -Lacie
Thank you for the great time you showed Gerald, Lacie, Angie, Doug and me while we hav been here for the past week. We have a lot of fun memories of our fishing trips and the awesome food you made for us. It was so nice to visit with you. We wish you tons of success on your hunting trips and a relaxing winter. -Linda
Thank you so much for all the fun we have had and delicious food. -Douglas
I want to thank you for the amazing hospitality you extended to my employees and Paco’s clients. Everyone returned home invigorated from what they considered a trip of a lifetime. I wish we could have the same impact with our customers that you seem to achieve guiding on the Kenai. I look forward to bringing my new clients to Fish Magnet in the years to come letting them experience the magic of the Kenai. Have a great time and see you next year. -Brian
Thank you for taking me out on your boat. Thanks to you I’m addicted to fishing. My Mom smoked most of my King when I got back to Juneau. I went camping at Eagle Beach and caught 3 Dolly Varden with my friend Vincent. I can’t wait to see you next summer and see your new fishing dog. Thanks again. Say hi to Greg for me and Hook. -Jimmie PS: I drew a picture of your boat for you.