SHOCKED: Gladstone man stoked over $75K boat win
Andrew Bishop has been going to the Boyne Tannum HookUp since he moved to Gladstone from New Zealand in 1998 and loves the event.
He has even more reason to enjoy the competition now after winning the major prize last night, a $75,000 SeaJay Trojan boat.
"I'm still shocked and excited, I'm just over the moon, things like this just don't happen to me," Mr Bishop said.
GALLERY | Boyne Tannum HookUp prize winners
It's a bit of an upgrade for Mr Bishop who has a smaller 4.2m boat.
"I used to have a bigger boat, but I sold that to go smaller, and now I've won a bigger one," he laughed.
Mr Bishop's brother came over from New Zealand to visit and fish the HookUp.
"We've done a bit of fishing while he's been here," he said.
They did well too, with Mr Bishop landing a quality 57cm grunter.
With his new toy, Mr Bishop plans to head out wide and do a few fishing trips to the reef.
Mr Bishop said HookUp was a great family event.
"My kids were young when they came here and they're all adults now and they're at HookUp all the time," he said.
"It's a great family friendly event, we just love it."
Prize winners: Ken Hudson, Alice Stevens, Ian Hayes, Indianna Murchie and Avonela McGeady Demaid.
COMPLETE and utter shock was how Gladstone's Andrew Bishop felt after winning the major prize at this year's Boyne Tannum HookUp.
Out of thousands of people, Mr Bishop's name was pulled out as the winner of the $75,000 SeaJay Trojan boat, which comes with a trailer and a 150 horsepower motor.
"I'm really shocked, I'm happy, excited, just over the moon," Mr Bishop said.
Besides winning the boat, Mr Bishop landed a nice 57cm grunter during Australia's biggest fishing competition - making it a rather good weekend for him.
Thousands were packed into Bray Park for the announcement of the prize winners as this year's Boyne Tannum Hookup came to its conclusion.