FLYOVER: Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service salutes the crew from the HookUp committee.
FLYOVER: Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service salutes the crew from the HookUp committee. Jen Tybell

Big things expected for 20th HookUp year

THERE have been 19 incredible years of the Boyne Tannum HookUp and the 20th this year will be no different.

The biggest community-run fishing competition in the southern hemisphere is expecting a better than ever year with 10 boats up for grabs.

"Most of the boats can be won simply by buying tickets in the raffle," said HookUp president Jeff Amos.

"The major prize, a 6.02m boat will be worth more than $90,000 once we deck it out, insure it and fill it with fuel."

Children who enter will have the chance to win one of the smaller three metre boats by catching a fish and recording the heaviest weight.

For those who just want to soak up the atmosphere, Mr Amos said they were trying something a little different this year.

"Filleting and cooking demonstrations will be held on the day too," he said.

"And because the competition is in its 20th year, for the first time ever, we will feature a Cold Chisel tribute band on the Saturday night."

A fish treasure hunt will be a new novelty challenge for anglers this year.

On June 1, multiple fish will be caught, tagged and released and will then be able to be caught again during the competition for an instant cash prize.

"We will release photos of the selected fish closer to the 5th and anyone who catches one and keeps it alive, will win $5000," Mr Amos said.

The prizes this year weighs in at an outstanding $300,000.

First prize is a New Generation 602F boat.

There are also four Magnum 4.25s for the Seniors category up for grabs, four Angler 3.15s for the Juniors and the $5,000 in cash for catching the Gladstone Ports Corporation's tagged fish.



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