Forecast promising for fishers at Boyne Tannum HookUp
FOUR days out from the Boyne Tannum Hookup, the weather gods seem to be smiling.
The seven-day forecast released today has got fishermen talking.
The wind is forecast to drop to less than 10 knots, making it ideal conditions for this weekend's fishing competition.
On Friday wind speeds will start at 12 knots and increase to 14 throughout the day.
Saturday is the ideal day to head to the reef, with wind speeds sitting at 10 - 12 knots.
Boyne Tannum HookUp treasurer Adam Balkin said most boats would be safely able to get to the reef.
He said they need to remember to take their safety equipment, including an EPIRB and flares.
Mr Balkin said the committee was expecting 1000 registrations this week.
He said he thought many people had been holding out to see what the forecast was, and so registrations had been a little slow coming in.
"Saturday is looking perfect. The wind is under 10 knots. There will be a lot of boats out at the reef," he said.
He hasn't had the chance to wet his line recently, but says there have been plenty of decent catch reports too.
"I've seen there's been some good (mangrove) jack and fingermark caught in the region," he said.
"There's also been some really good Jew caught in the Gladstone Harbour."
This weekend he'll be on land instead of water, taking on an organising role at the event.
This year the committee opted for online registrations which has allowed for a more automated system.
It means registrations can be taken up until the first day of the event.
The competition attracts people from around Australia, with registrations this year already come in from Victoria, New South Wales and even New Zealand.
"We would definitely like to get all 3000 registrations filled. If this year is successful it means next year we can have just as many prizes."
For more information about registrations visit boynetannumhookup.com.au.
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