The Boyne Tannum Hookup is a fishing competition like no other in Queensland, maybe even Australia. It’s 20 minutes from the now booming construction and heavy industrial town of Gladstone in Central Queensland. As the region is on the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef it offers great Estuary, Reef and Deep Water fishing. Thousands of entrants gather rain, hail or shine to claim their prizes and bragging rights either for winning the largest fish in the category or by chance to be that lucky bugger to have their number drawn for the major competition lucky door prizes.
What the winners get
The Hookup have teamed up with some of the best marine and fishing brands as sponsors and the prizes show this off with the major prizes consisting of eight boats, four for the seniors, the largest being a 610 Quintrex Spirit powered by a 150HP Yahama, 3 x 4.2m Quintrex Dorys powered by 30HP Yamaha and a land & sea camper package 4.2m Quintrex Explorer powered by a 30HP Yamaha. The Juniors major prizes are 4 x 3.1m Quintrex Darts powered by 6HP Yamaha.
The Hookup is the biggest event in the region to date, attracting thousands of entrants and loads more spectators. Contestants and teams enter from all over the country and try their hardest to knock off the local fishing talents that know the regions waters like no-one else.
Boyne Island and Tannum Sands neighbour with each other only having the Boyne River seperate them. They are both quiet and relaxed beach towns compared to the highly industrial town of Gladstone some 20klms away. The Hookup is a community event and as a Boyne Islander, born and bred it’s one of my favourites. It’s a real suprise that such good fishing can come from a town with such a huge presence of refineries, smelters, coal terminals and now LNG plants.
Recent Ups and Downs
In recent times the Region has had some huge wins and losses come its way. With the massive rain falls of Summer 2010, Lake Awoongas wall went under for weeks, and by a couple of metres dragging tens of thousands of Barramundi into the Boyne River. The Boyne River (which is the same river the Hookup is hosted on) and other local esturies are chocka block full of big Barra, which in anyones eyes is great!
A down side the region has faced has had a lot more media coverage, and had left a lot of local fisherman in doubt over one of their favourite past times. The water ways and marine life was threatened by a toxic poison with lots of fish, crabs and turtles dying. The Gladstone Harbour had fishing bans on it until water testing had occured and the problem rectified. With that being said fishing has since been opened up and is in full swing again.
The Hookup has a real buzz about it. There’s entertainment for the kids and for the grown ups so there’s no excuse to miss it. There’s food tents, beer tents, live fish exhibitons, rides and music. I’ve personally seen some big name sportsman at the Hookup, enjoying a beer and a good yarn. If you wish to be involved this year entries close on Tuesday 5th of June or before hand if they reach 3000 senior competitors.
Best of luck fishing and I hope to see you there.