You enter the competition as an individual competitor. Once you’ve registered as an individual you have the option to compete in any of the categories below!
Additionally, you can pay an extra fee during registration to enter in the Team Fishing Competition.
Each fish caught will be weighed in at the Official Daily Weigh-In tent at Bray Park Boyne Island or VMR Main Boat Ramp, Gladstone. Fish weigh-in times are based on the time recorded by the calibrated weigh-in scales. All fish must be weighed on the official scales provided by the organisers to be eligible. Fish presented at the weigh-in station must be taken on rod and reel or hand line only and must be of legal size.
Competitors must present their current Electronic Ticket at weigh-ins (refer to the PROOF OF TICKET section). Without their Electronic Ticket, competitors are not eligible to weigh-in fish.
To qualify for the daily prizes, the fish must be weighed in no later than the daily cut off time on each day.
All competitors are encouraged to fish sustainably. Therefore, competitors should only weigh-in their largest fish caught each day of the event in any competition category; because the first recorded fish counts in the selection of the winning category in multiple category wins and the case of ties.
- For non-live and live weigh-in a competitor needs to weigh in their largest fish first. So, if a competitor is uncertain of their largest fish, they are able to request that the weigh-in station officials check the weights of their fish before officially submitting their largest fish.
- For live weigh-in a competitor’s largest fish of the day will be taken if they have entered multiple weigh-in sessions per day. A live weigh in competitor is still required to fish sustainably and only weigh in their largest fish in a species each time they present to weigh in.
All fish species are as per the Queensland Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website fish species guide www.daf.qld.gov.au.
The following 16 fish species are the only species eligible for weigh-in at the Boyne Tannum HookUp Fishing Competition:
|Live Fingermark (Golden Snapper)|
|Live Mangrove Jack|
|Live Yellowfin Bream|
|Live Barramundi (Live Barramundi are Catch & Release only. Please see the next tab for details on this category.)|
The fish must remain alive for 30 minutes in the official HookUp recovery tank to qualify for official entry into the event.
Anyone not in the queue at the final weigh-in a Live Category fish at 3.30pm Sunday, 1st May 2022 will be deemed ineligible to “weigh-in” and therefore outside the Official Finish Time.
|Salmon (Blue Threadfin & King Threadfin)|
|Red Throat Emperor (Sweetlip)|
|Parrot (Tusk Fish)|
|Cobia (Black Kingfish)|
All non-live category fish must be GUTTED AND GILLED and can be iced down but not frozen. Any such fish may be selected at the weigh-in for promotional purposes and may become the property of Boyne Tannum HookUp Association Incorporated and unfortunately cannot be returned to the competitor.
Anyone not in the queue at the final weigh-in with a Non Live Category fish to be weighed at 4pm Sunday, 1st May 2022 will be deemed ineligible to “weigh-in” and therefore outside the Official Finish Time.
Live Barramundi are a Catch & Release category. All Barramundi must be photographed and measured on a reputable Brag Mat to meet QLD legal size. No homemade mats will be accepted.
To ascertain that the Barramundi has been caught within the competition time, a free HookUp sticker can be collected from the merchandise marquee during the event. Two digital photos, one showing the whole fish, with the head at the start of the measure, the other zoomed in on the tail showing its length. Both photos must display the current free of charge HookUp sticker.
In addition, the competitor may choose to purchase the current year, official Boyne Tannum HookUp Brag Mat (available for purchase at the merchandise marquee during the event) to measure and photograph the Barramundi.
If the winning Barramundi has been photographed on the current official Boyne Tannum HookUp purchased Brag Mat the prize money paid to the competitor will double (this excludes the Lake Awoonga tagged Barramundi category in the THREE TAGGED FISH category that has a fixed prize value of $5,000).
No other Brag Mats, other than the above two options will be accepted, and the Barramundi photograph MUST include the official free of charge HookUp sticker.
Competitors must submit the length of their Barramundi from their Catch and Release images to the officials at the Live Weigh-In Station.
The winner of the live Barramundi category will be selected as the longest fish.
Three live Barramundi will be caught, tagged and released prior to the event in Lake Awoonga, each having a prize value of $5,000 if caught. The Barramundi must be presented under the LIVE FISH CATEGORY section and the tag checked by the officials to claim the $5,000 prize money for that fish. The Competitor may photograph the Barramundi in accordance with the BARRAMUNDI CATCH & RELEASE section while ensuring that the tag is photographed clearly, OR photograph the Barramundi in accordance with the BARRAMUNDI CATCH & RELEASE section and remove the tag, OR bring the live tagged Barramundi into the live fish weigh-in station in accordance with the LIVE FISH CATEGORY section.
The Tagged Barramundi in Lake Awoonga are proudly sponsored by Gladstone Area Water Board.
Prior to the event a fish will be caught and tagged with a bright pink HookUp tag and returned to the Gladstone Harbour.
At 7am on the first day of competition the event safety briefing will occur. Following the safety briefing, the Port of Gladstone Bounty Fish riddle will be announced on the main HookUp stage at Bray Park. The riddle will provide clues on what species of fish has been tagged and where to catch the fish. All anglers wishing to catch this fish need to be present in Bray Park to hear the clues. After this time, anglers will have to rely on word of mouth.
The Port of Gladstone Bounty Fish is worth $10,000 if caught dead or alive for any HookUp entrant between Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May 2022 event closing. Anglers that have not entered the HookUp before 7am Friday 29th April 2022 will only receive $5,000 for the fish.
After the 3-days of HookUp, the fish is worth $5,000 to any angler.
The Port of Gladstone Bounty Fish is proudly sponsored by Q-Air.
The aim of the Family Trifecta is to promote and reward family fishing activity. The prize is $1000.
Eligible contestants must be registered in the Boyne Tannum HookUp and are limited to one (1) entry per family.
A family consists of at least one (1) parental role (a senior HookUp entrant) and any of their children/nieces/nephews (a junior HookUp entrant) that are registered for the competition.
To be eligible a family must catch the ‘estuary trifecta’ of one (1) whiting, one (1) bream and one (1) flathead during the HookUp weekend, and weigh them in for the live fish category as outlined in the LIVE FISH WEIGH-INS section.
To enter, the family must fill in the ‘Family Trifecta’ form available from the HookUp fish weigh-in stations. The entry form can only be completed once the three (3) fish species have been weighed-in and passed the 30-minute live fish qualifying time.
The catch must be shared between junior and senior contestants in the family, with no more than two (2) species to be registered under one (1) family member’s name.
Entries close 4.15pm Sunday at the Bray Park weigh-in or 3.15pm Sunday at the Gladstone VMR weigh-in, the final day of competition.
The winning entry will be drawn randomly from the eligible families in the entry box and then checked that it is valid before it is announced to the public.
It is the family’s responsibility to fill out and submit their own entry form. It is not an automatic result of weighing in live fish. To qualify, you must list the fish and corresponding name and entry number on the entry form at the live weigh-in station and fulfil all the criteria.
NOTE: Entrants in the Pat O’Reilly Memorial Family Trifecta category are still able to weigh-in fish in accordance with the FISH CATEGORIES sections of the competition.
After entering the competition as an individual entrant and paying the additional teams fee ($10 per entrant), the entrant is entitled to enter the competition as a member of a team in accordance with the following rules:
- Team name is to be nominated at the time of online registration into the Boyne Tannum HookUp Competition prior to the start date.
- Team entry fee is an additional fee of $10 per person.
- Maximum of 4 individual entrants per fishing team
- Minimum of 2 individual entrants per fishing team.
- In an effort to continue to encourage family fishing, teams can only have a maximum of 2 senior male entrants.
- If your team consists of 3 individual entrants, your team must consist of at least:
– 1 female entrant; OR
– 1 junior entrant.
- If your team consists of 4 individual entrants, your team must consist of at least:
– 2 female entrants (senior or junior); OR
– 2 junior entrants; OR
– 1 female entrant and 1 junior entrant.
- Teams are eligible to enter both live (smooth water) and non-live (offshore) category’s however one team can only win one of the categories.
- THE MACKERAL AND COBIA CATEGORIES ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE TEAMS COMPETITION. (members of the team can still submit these species in the individual fishing competition).
- Individuals within the teams are still eligible to compete in the general live and dead category competition.
Team competition eligibility calculation:
- A combined total length of the team’s single longest fish submitted from each fish category (irrespective of who within the team submitted the fish).
NOTE: Fish submitted for the individual competition are based on weight, while fish for the team competition are based on length. All fish submitted must meet QLD legal size.
HOW TO SUBMIT TEAM LIVE CATEGORY FISH
- Team Live Category – Fish from the live category can be submitted by anyone within the team to the live weigh-in area during the official live weigh-in times where the fish will be measured and entered as part of the team competition.
NOTE: Officials operating the weigh in stations must be advised of fish to be included in the team competition by the entrant.
Fish from the Live category can also be submitted via photographs during the Live category weigh-in times. Fish must be photographed on a reputable Brag Mat with the official current Boyne Tannum HookUp sticker in plain view within the photographs. Two digital photographs, one showing the whole fish, with the head at the start of the measure, the other zoomed in on the tail showing its length. Both photographs must display the current free of charge Boyne Tannum HookUp sticker. Competitors must submit the photo images to the officials at the Live Weigh-In Station.
In addition, the competitor may choose to purchase the current year, official Boyne Tannum HookUp Brag Mat to measure and photograph their fish on, and the official Boyne Tannum HookUp current year sticker.
Current official stickers and Brag Mats are available at the merchandise marquee during the event. Brag Mats must be purchased. Stickers are free.
HOW TO SUBMIT TEAM NON-LIVE CATEGORY FISH
- Fish from the Non-Live category can be submitted by anyone within the team to the Non-Live category weigh-in area during the official weigh-in times where the fish will be measured and entered as part of the team competition.
NOTE: Officials operating the weigh in stations must be advised of fish to be included in the team competition by the entrant.
Fish from the Non-Live category can also be submitted via photographs during the Non-Live category weigh-in times. Fish must be photographed on a reputable Brag Mat with the official current Boyne Tannum HookUp sticker in plain view within the photographs. Two digital photographs, one showing the whole fish, with the head at the start of the measure, the other zoomed in on the tail showing its length. Both photographs must display the current free Boyne Tannum HookUp sticker. Competitors must submit the photo images to the officials at the Non-Live Weigh-In Station.
In addition, the competitor may choose to purchase the current year, official Boyne Tannum HookUp Brag Mat to measure and photograph their fish on. Both Boyne Tannum HookUp current official stickers and Brag Mats are available at the merchandise marquee during the event. Brag Mats must be purchased. Stickers are free.
NOTE: Non-live fish submitted as per the above team photo method to determine length are not eligible for the individual Non-Live Weigh-In of the competition as the Non-Live Weigh-In (see FISH WEIGH-INS) section is based off weight not length.