Mark Cross of Agnes Water and his winning red at a previous HookUp taken wide of Seventeen Seventy.
Mark Cross of Agnes Water and his winning red at a previous HookUp taken wide of Seventeen Seventy.

HookUp date to bring certainty, almost $300,000 in prizes

IT'S on again, even if the date changes have been a bit confusing. The Observer Boyne Tannum HookUp sign-on day is just a week away.

With the shuffling of public holidays by the government, the dates for the 2013 HookUp became a nightmare so organisers bit the bullet and nominated May 3-5.

Traditionally on the Queen's Birthday long weekend, the event was shuffled from June to October and back again.

It is good to have some certainty, according to HookUp president Jeff Amos.

"You can tell your family and friends you got the mail first-hand; the 2013 Boyne Tannum HookUp will be held on May 3, 4 and 5,'' Mr Amos said on the HookUp website.

"This is not a designated holiday, so you will need to plan a holiday for the Friday for the event plus the Monday for recovery.''

And after a couple - make that a few - years of bad weather across the Queen's Birthday long weekend, maybe the new dates will do the trick.

Autumn in our part of the world is beautiful so it's a good chance - then it's just up to the fish.

The hard-working HookUp crew promises a bigger and better HookUp every year and by the look of the prize pool, this year will be no different.

Almost $300,000 in prizes includes four Quintrex 310 Darts, four Quintrex 420 Renegades (all with fitted with Yamahas), an off-road camper (with a tinny on top) and the big one - a 575 Cruise Craft Explorer fitted with a 150hp Yamaha 4-stroke and all the mod-cons, valued at $75,000. There are also holidays, fishing gear, fuel vouchers, kayaks, bicycles, eskies and heaps more to be won over the three days.

Last year the HookUp team raised thousands of dollars for charities and community organisations in the Gladstone region, including handing a $40,000 Hilux ute to a bush fire brigade.

The event venue is planned with heaps of displays and industry information, as well as plenty of entertainment for all ages and fishers and non-fishers alike.

So head on down to Bray Park, Boyne Island next Saturday, March 23, to sign up, or go online at boynetannumhookup.com.au

GOOD START: Steve Johnson of Hervey Bay with a nice cod he caught at his first HookUp a couple of years ago.
GOOD START: Steve Johnson of Hervey Bay with a nice cod he caught at his first HookUp a couple of years ago. Rob Black


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