Hook someone up with HookUp tickets
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.