TOP PRIZE: This boat, a 602 Haines Signature with 150hp Suzuki four-stroke outboard motor, is valued at $98,000 and is the top prize for this year’s Boyne Tannum HookUp.
TOP PRIZE: This boat, a 602 Haines Signature with 150hp Suzuki four-stroke outboard motor, is valued at $98,000 and is the top prize for this year’s Boyne Tannum HookUp. Paul Braven

HookUp back for its biggest year

IT'S a new year and a new Hook Up. Despite slow initial sign-ups, the competition is in full force.

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

Hook Up president Jeff Amos said a fish treasure hunt is another new challenge.

Multiple fish will be caught, tagged and released and will then be able to be caught during the competition for prizemoney.

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

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

This is the first year that the RACQ Capricorn Rescue Service is offering its own race.

PR and community co-ordinator Kristy Woller said the service will host a rubber duckie race on the Sunday, with all funds going to supporting the helicopter.

"The rescue chopper costs $3.6million a year to fuel, equip and operate, so we need as much support as possible," she said.

By March they'd already had about 40-50 people buy ducks to enter in the race, which makes 130 ducks already.

"You can buy them up until the day, $5 for one or $25 for a family of six."

With a maximum of 3000 adults allowed in the Hook Up, the event will be electric.



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