THE skies opened on Friday afternoon, but wet weather has never been enough to dissuade a passionate fisherman.
Ponchos and umbrellas were embraced by the crowd as they resumed their secured spots at Bray Park.
Competitor Graham Noleen said no amount of water could rain on his parade.
"If you're not getting wet while fishing, you're not doing it right," he laughed.
"Fish don't care if they are wet!"
An isolated thunderstorm passed through the Gladstone region in the early evening, but it did little to dampen the spirits of Boyne Tannum HookUp participants.
A sudden drop in temperature early Sunday morning will give Gladstone locals their first taste of the oncoming winter.
However, the weather is expected to clear by 9am and remain clear for much of the rest of the weekend.
The only bad weather likely to affect HookUp competitors is the increasing wind levels.
"We remind those going out on the boats to log on with VMR and to make safe decisions," said volunteer Mari Webster.
"The weekend is about having fun. We hope everyone just uses their common sense."