Hook some­one up with HookUp tick­ets

The Observer - - NEWS - Dar­ryl Bran­th­waite GAPDL CEO — Hooroo, Daz

IF SOME­ONE you know is a keen an­gler, the perfect Christ­mas present is on sale now.

With a huge prize pool on of­fer for the 2018 Boyne Tan­num HookUp, tick­ets are sure to sell quickly, so get in early.

Each year the event at­tracts thou­sands of fam­i­lies from through­out Aus­tralia and in­ter­na­tion­ally to Bray Park to take part in the three-day fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion. The com­pe­ti­tion is in its 23rd year and is the big­gest fish­ing event in Aus­tralia. It will be held from May 4-8.

With a prize pool worth over $300,000, the event brings thou­sands of fish­ing com­peti­tors and vis­i­tors to the Boyne/Tan­num area where fish­ing weigh-ins, fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment and de­li­cious food is pro­vided over the three days of com­pe­ti­tion.

Tick­ets for se­nior com­peti­tors are $85, while ju­niors are $40 and are avail­able un­til 3pm April 28 or un­til sold out.

Go to www.boyne­tan­num hookup.com.au for tick­ets.

STORM cells, strong winds, hail, full creeks then glass-out con­di­tions are the or­der of the week here in the Glad­stone Re­gion and South­ern Great Bar­rier Reef.

Many would say it’s un­usual, for me it’s just the way it should be in the trop­ics where we are en­ter­ing into the so-called wet sea­son.

This means some amaz­ing storms, only to clear, re­sult­ing in a very hot hu­mid day when the sun does come out.

Early this week Do­minic Cross, and his good mate Ja­son Wright, ven­tured out to tar­get some of the wrecks.

They ended up at Mast­head when a storm cell came through dur­ing the night which drenched them.

How­ever, like good, com­mit­ted an­glers they sol­diered on and when the sun came up it turned into a day to re­mem­ber with dou­ble hook-ups on co­bia and plenty of qual­ity fish such as nan­ny­gai, span­gled em­peror, perch and a beaut snap­per.

The lit­tle fly­ing fish pic­tured, most likely be­ing chased by a preda­tor, hit Do­minic in the head on the way out, which shows how di­verse the bait is in this re­gion and how healthy the whole sys­tem is.

As you can see from the pho­tos, the con­di­tions could not get any bet­ter once the storm had passed through.

In say­ing that, if you end up with a storm cell head­ing right at you, you need to have a plan be­cause you will not out-run it.

For those who are new to the re­gion get in touch with Vol­un­teer Marine Res­cue Glad­stone at the north end of the ma­rina and find out when their lo­cal knowl­edge ses­sions are on.

These are in­valu­able even if you just want to brush up on that knowl­edge.

Fish­ing the wrecks around our re­gion does yield some mag­nif­i­cent fish such as co­bia, gi­ant trevally, nan­ny­gai, snap­per and the odd trout and cod.

Some­times, how­ever, it is dif­fi­cult to get to the bot­tom with­out be­ing smashed by a species you ei­ther aren’t chasing or don’t want like the old remora (sucker fish).

They tend to hang around spots like these, scav­eng­ing around the preda­tors and pick­ing up the scraps of the lat­est feed.

Tar­get­ing the wrecks is also a dif­fi­cult task be­cause the cur­rents and wind will af­fect which way the boat sits as you en­deav­our to an­chor in 30-40m or more of wa­ter to sit over the top of them.

A cou­ple of years ago, with a good mate of mine Tony Lloyd Jones, we jumped on board with Johnny Mitchell and went up north of Cape Cap to tar­get nan­ny­gai in 30m of wa­ter. To be honest it was just a bump on the bot­tom where these fish were sit­ting.

No an­chor was used but in­stead we used his bow-mounted elec­tric motor to park the boat up­stream (in the cur­rent) of the area in ques­tion.

Then we pressed the hold-mark but­ton on the con­troller and just sat there while we pulled in fish af­ter fish. Tech­nol­ogy plays such a big role in fish­ing these days and to be honest, not hav­ing to drop and pull up 50m of an­chor chain and line was amaz­ing.

Many boats have these mo­tors now as it cer­tainly makes life that lit­tle bit eas­ier.

This week­end, at the time of writ­ing this ar­ti­cle, is shap­ing up to be awe­some for to­day and to­mor­row but I reckon you should plan to be off the wa­ter come sun­set to­mor­row night, as it’ll be blow­ing 20-25 from the east around mid­night if not be­fore.

Tides are re­duc­ing as we head to the last quar­ter lu­nar phase but the out­look af­ter Sun­day is in­di­cat­ing stick­ing to the creeks and in­shore spots will be the go.

Have a cracker week­end and make sure you log onto VMR Glad­stone or Round­hill be­fore you ven­ture out.

If you aren’t a mem­ber then you aren’t do­ing any­one any favours.

Call them and be­come a mem­ber, to not only help your­self, but also help those, who could end up help­ing you.


TOP THIS: Les­lie Miller and his mas­sive red em­peror at the Boyne Tan­num HookUp ear­lier this year.


NICE FISH: Do­minic Cross with his solid snap­per this week.


One of these tiny fly­ing fish flew out of the wa­ter and hit Do­minic in the head.


The glass-out con­di­tions off­shore.

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