Westerly wind makes conditions hard for competitors
MOTHER Nature ensured tough going for Gladstone fishers trying to snare a winning haul in this year's Boyne Tannum HookUp.
The westerly wind caused dramas as anglers struggled to find a sheltered spot to drop a line.
Chris Stephens, a former local up from Brisbane for this year's competition, had some success on Friday morning near the NRG hot water outlet, reeling in a decent sized barramundi.
However, he had not much else to show for his efforts.
A fruitless morning on the Calliope River near the power station on Sunday finally made the decision for Mr Stephens and his partner Adele Kleyn to up anchor and try their luck elsewhere.
"There's not that many boats hanging around here, they've all gone out. It's just trying to find a spot out of the wind, it's just blowing everywhere," Mr Stephens said.
"We'll go try down at the Boyne River and give that a go."
The windy conditions did not favour anglers and those headed offshore were in for a trying time, according to HookUp promotions officer Pat Laws.
"It's (the wind) still there, it's westerly so inshore it should be pretty good, so a lot of people will be fishing within a mile or two of land," Mr Laws said.
"Outside of that it's getting a bit rough, so only the diehards will go out wide."
Aside from the difficult fishing conditions, there was still plenty of on-shore options for the crowds.
The broadcast on a giant TV screen of the Trans-Tasman rugby league test match was well attended on Friday night, and a strong crowd made its way down to Bray Park on Saturday night, despite cool conditions.
"It'll be a bit cool tonight but that won't stop them. They'll come down still and enjoy themselves and hopefully win a boat," Mr Laws said.
"It (Trans-Tasman Test) was on last night so a few people hung around and watched that too."
With three fish weighed in on Saturday morning and plenty more expected to be brought in late Saturday, Mr Laws predicted some decent-sized mackerel would be laid out at the weigh station.
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