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Despite success HookUp considers changing its date

GOOD CATCH: Junior prize winners at the Boyne-Tannum HookUp, Boyne Island.
GOOD CATCH: Junior prize winners at the Boyne-Tannum HookUp, Boyne Island. Luka Kauzlaric

SEEING a young competitor weigh in a 170g whiting and then proceeding to win a boat was the highlight of the HookUp weekend for committee member Pat Laws.

"Seeing all the kids getting involved and then going on to win prizes was great," he said.

"We had a pretty smooth run this year, we've received a lot of positive feedback. A survey was being passed around and we are taking on board some good suggestions."

Among the potential changes for next year's 20th anniversary were attracting more out-of-town visitors by hosting the HookUp during the long weekend in June.

Dean Rodgers participated in the competition after travelling south from Yeppoon on Friday evening.

He was among those who supported the change for 2015.

"An extra day fishing instead of travelling would have been beaut," he said.

"It's my second time at HookUp, I think I've just made it a tradition."

The last team to weigh in on Sunday afternoon delivered an almighty surprise by also reeling in the Catch of the Competition prize.

The award went to the Hafta Fish crew for a jew weighing 24.5kg.

Registrations for this year's event were about 2800, equivalent to 76% of the population of Boyne Island.

Vendor Patty Diedram agreed this year's HookUp was a resounding success.

"I know a lot of the volunteers are absolutely buggered," he said.

"Every single one of them has done a magnificent job."

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