Something’s fishy! Salmon on menu on final HookUp day
SUNDAY is for salmon, or so it seemed judging by the weigh-ins.
On the final day of the Boyne Tannum HookUp on Sunday, volunteers were pleased to see a greater variety of species being carried or lugged over the shoulder at Bray Park.
The fridge was full of four giant mackerel and a jewfish, but everything from coral trout, red emperor and snapper were being registered during the final weigh-in yesterday afternoon.
Dean Albridge managed to land an impressive mangrove jack at the Narrows.
"The whole weekend has been bonza," he said. "It's my first HookUp and I came because my mates raved about it.
"I'll definitely come back every year from now on."
Mr Albridge said there was a real sense of mateship during the event, which started on Friday.
"It's great to see so many people getting out of bed early every day to go out and have some fun on the water," he said.
"When you land a fish you're proud of, everyone gives you a pat on the back and says well done.
"It's all about the atmosphere at HookUp."
Chris Powter travelled from the Sunshine Coast with a mate for this year's HookUp.
The decision paid off in a big way when he weighed in at 3pm yesterday with a 14.83kg jewfish.
"We caught this one up around Cape Capricorn," he said. "We're just up for the weekend and it's been worth it."
The crew of the Inceptor shared the sentiment when they registered an array of fish during Saturday afternoon's weigh-in.
"We've had a lot of fun," they said. "We'll definitely be back."
Spirits were high at the volunteer base camp too, with tired yet satisfied crew delighted at the continued success of the competition.
Boyne Tannum HookUp president Jeff Amos said the event had stayed true to form as Australia's biggest family fishing competition.
"Just one word ... brilliant," he said. "It's been an absolutely fantastic year with about 10,000 turning up for Saturday and Sunday nights."
Safety was also a great achievement during the 19th HookUp.
While an angler lost a finger in a fishing mishap, the rest of the weekend went off without a hitch.
Greg Klease from the Volunteer Marine Rescue said Sunday was quiet despite the large number of boats on the water.
"I've been at every Hook-Up since it begun and no two are the same," Mr Klease said.
"It's a great result when everyone is able to have fun and stay safe on the water."
The success was shared by every organisation involved in the HookUp.
The event this year raised funds to improve mental health across Gladstone.
Part of the event involved campaigning for a headspace in Gladstone. A petition at the event garnered about 7000 signatures.
Colleen Tribe, from Roseberry Community Services, said the community supported the cause.
"There is a dire need for a comprehensive mental health service in Gladstone," she said.
"Everyone at the HookUp has been really supportive for a great initiative."
As the celebrations continued into the night, thoughts already turned to next year's event, which will be the 20th HookUp.
THE Boyne Tannum HookUp gave away about $200,000 in prizes across the three days of competition.
In its 19th year, the event attracted more than 3000 fishers from across the state. Prizes on offer included a Toyota Rav 4, a $20,000 boat and fishing rods.
The following people scored some of the prizes on offer at the event which started on Friday and ended on Sunday night.
Junior random draw: Luke Johnston, Heidi Sullivan, Zhayne Winibus, Max Green, Darcy Hinz, Courtney Sullivan, Katrina Berry.
Senior random draw: Rod Paterson, Anne Marie Fitzgerald, Jonathan Jenkins, Neville Conrad, William McCracken, Tanya Williams, William Richardson, Walter De Martin, Yvonne McDonald.
Rugby league memorabilia winners: Jeremy Smith, Tye McGuire, Anthony Dalton.
BMX bike winner: Jack Dennis.
Volunteer marine rescue daily safety award: Wayne Johnson.
Junior boat winner: Leith Hammelswang.
Senior boat winner: Steven Schuh.