Angler Poppy Maddog lines up for ninth Hookup
OLE POPPY MADDOG has been fishing since he was a nipper.
That's amounted to a fair few fish over his 62 years, not least those caught at The Observer Boyne Tannum Hookup which gets under way today.
His companions Baley and Ben have been lazing around on the deck of the Interceptor, faithfully keeping him company, every trip.
Baley, the maltese cross, is the young gun at a sprightly five years old and is still growing his ocean legs.
He curls up under the blankets trying to ease the rocking of the boat as the trio crashes over the choppy sea out to the wides where Poppy has caught some good fish for the Hookup.
Poppy is out fishing around Boyne Island whenever he gets the chance to pop over from Biloela.
He's a true angler in every sense of the word and old school at that.
He uses a handline to catch his favourite ? trout ? anything else is a bonus, trusting the line with its sensitivity, a couple of sinkers and a good hook ? that's all it takes.
'I love fishing,' Poppy Maddog said.
'I go to Hookup just for the fun, for the fishing. It's the best relaxation you've got. The moment you've got a bite, that's all you're thinking about ? what kind of fish you've got, what's on the end of the line.;
Poppy Maddog has shared a beer and a story around a fire with many of the Hookup participants over his nine years of entering.
One of the stories that's made the rounds is how he got his name ? wandering around on pipes 40 feet off the ground in the boiler where he worked as a scaffolder.
He said it was the mateship that made The Observer Boyne Tannum Hookup the best fishing competition around and wished he'd been there for the first.
Every year he meets up with a few of the regulars and some of the new guys too. The stories gather, and grow, as do the fish.