2015, a fantastic year for fishing in Gladstone

YET another year is just about done and dusted but so much has happened on the fishing front throughout 2015.

This year we celebrated the 20th edition of the Boyne Tannum HookUp at Bray Park Boyne Island and what a fantastic event it was too.

Being a founding member of this awesome event I never thought in my wildest dreams that we'd be celebrating 20 years from its small beginnings back in 1995 where around 800 participated and we had an amazing prize pool of $20,000 which, back in the day, was an extremely decent amount and yet today we now have 4,000 entering and the prize pool is way over $300,000!

The event has also generated so much in funding for the local charities and some Australian ones as well with over $1.5m being donated back out.

The community and small businesses also gain with over $1.5m being spent in the community each and every year this event is held.

With many of the committee having done the hard yards for so long, we now have a new fresh committee, made up of a couple of long timers being founding member Ned Beaumont and Pat Laws and they are joined by a new group headed up by Jenny McGuire, and Adam Balkin, for the coming of age event being its 21st birthday in 2016 in May.

There are many stories coming from events such as these but watching Joe McGuire absolutely packing it, when his good friend Johnny Mitchell led him to believe that they had a better Spanish Mackeral on the final weigh in was priceless.

There have been some magnificent fish caught in this region over the past twelve months and this is just a taste of what we have seen.

From massive Red emperor through to big trout, enormous Spanish Mackeral, over one metre Barra, solid triple tail, brilliantly coloured Threadfin or King Salmon, and right now we are seeing big Golden Trevally and enormous Queenies in the region.

The weather over the next week isn't flash for getting out front and next week it just gets worse but at present get those crab pots out and target the local species being Jack, Fingermark, Grunter, bream Whiting and flathead!

Finally please have a very safe, holy and merry Christmas and we are looking forward to an exciting 2016. Remember to spend your money locally as the tackle shops and chandleries need your support.



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