The lonely Adelaide grandfather, who was inundated with offers after appealing for a new fishing buddy online, had his wish come true.
Widower Ray Johnstone was flown to Queensland to fish with Mati Batsinalis and his brother Pete.
At the age of 75, Mr Johnstone went on his first flight before heading out to fish off Stradbroke Island on Tuesday.
“It’s been good today, caught a few whiting, a couple of other little ones,” Mr Johnstone said.
Ray captured the hearts of the nation when his Gumtree advertisement for a fishing friend went viral.
The lonely widower said his old fishing pal had sadly died, leaving him alone which “isn’t much fun”.
The Batsinalis brothers were two of the thousands of people who offered to help get Mr Johnstone back out on the water.
“It’s not just about the fishing,” Mati Batsinalis said.
“It’s about relaxing, giving Ray a good time and that full Queensland experience.
“It’s about giving back to someone, something I can help with.”
The 75-year-old said he never imagined his post would lead him to Queensland, but thanked everyone for the assistance – especially the Batsinalis boys.
“I’d like to thank you for everything you’ve done, I really appreciate it,” he said.
While Ray didn’t finish the day with a big one, he hooked some friends for life.
“I think he’s going to go back with a few extra kilos,” Mati Batsinalis joked.
“My mum came over and she’s cooking us some food.”