I'm goin' fishin'
By MAT OVENDENmovenden@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE anguished looks on the faces of the kids hanging over the stage barriers said it all.
With more than 7000 people crammed into the hillside behind them, they all shared a moment of hope.
But it was quickly dashed with the words "Bruce Baker''. And as the name was screamed across Bray Park last night, it signalled the end to yet another Observer Boyne Tannum Hookup for all but one.
And that one person couldn't get to his most prized possession ? a $60,000 Cruise Craft Outsider 575 ? any quicker.
As the crowd began to make their exit from the park, Bruce regained a regular heartbeat as he made his way onto the deck of his new cruiser.
The Tannum Sands resident has become a regular entrant into the Hookup with his kids and was having a few quiet drinks with his mates when this weekend's fishing competition took a whole new meaning.
"My heart just stopped,'' he said as he described the moment he realised his name was drawn from the competition entries.
But the win is bad news for his old boat which "is going down for sale tomorrow'', he said. The crowd had slowly converged on the park along the banks of the Boyne River on a perfect Sunday afternoon to watch hundreds of fishing enthusiasts bring in their prized catches in the hope of walking away with a trophy for their efforts. And, of course, they were also there for their chance at winning one of the major prizes.
And there has been many. As part of the 10-year celebrations of the event, The Observer Boyne Tannum Hookup committee has given away 10 boats, many prizes for the fishing categories and hundreds of barrel draws for the 3000 anglers that signed up for the event.
And while 2990 competitors missed out on one of the boats, they all left the park last night determined to make it back to the event in 2006.
Winners of the fishing categories will be published on The Observer's fishing page tomorrow.