Once you’ve registered as an individual you have the option to form a team or compete in any of the additional categories below!
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. 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.
Junior competitors must catch the fish and retrieve the fish to the boat or shore themselves. A parent can help lift the fish into the boat.
Junior competitors must be able to hold the rod and retrieve the fish by themselves and be able to lift their fish at the weigh-in station to be eligible, inability to do so will be deemed that the junior competitor did not catch the fish and will not be allowed to weigh it 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 (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 the daily cut off time 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 the daily cut off time will be deemed ineligible to “weigh-in” and therefore outside the Official Finish Time.
All Barramundi will 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, an official free of charge 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 2 options will be accepted, and the Barramundi photograph MUST include the official free of charge HookUp sticker (whole fish, head and tail photos).
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.
After entering the competition as an individual entrant (as per above conditions of entry) 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.
- The Maximum number of 4 individual entrants per team must consist of at least 2 female entrants (senior or junior) – OR – consist of at least 2 junior entrants – OR – consist of at least 1 female entrant and 1 junior entrant. In an effort to continue to encourage family fishing, this means a team of 4 will have a maximum of 2 senior male entrants.
- 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.
- Teams entered in the dead category cannot submit Mackerel and Cobia within the team 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.
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.
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).
How to submit Team 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 must be advised of fish to be included in the team competition.
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.
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) brag mat sticker.
Both Boyne Tannum HookUp current brag mat stickers and Brag Mats are available at the merchandise marquee during the event. Brag Mats must be purchased. Stickers are free.
- Team Non Live Category – 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 must be advised of fish to be included in the team competition.
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 brag mat 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.
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.
Both Boyne Tannum HookUp brag mat 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 above Team photo method mentioned above to determine length are not eligible for the individual non-live weigh-in of the competition as per the
FISH WEIGH-INS sections.
Team Competition Prizes
The winning teams are awarded prizes for the longest grand total combined length across the 3-day competition for the Live or Non-live Team Competition Category.
One team can win one category only. The winning Live or Non-Live Teams will win a fishing charter for their team.
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 Q-Air 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 Q-Air Port of Gladstone Bounty Fish is worth $10,000 if caught dead or alive for any HookUp entrant between Friday 30th April to Sunday 2nd May, 2021 event closing. After the3-days of HookUp, the fish is worth $5,000 to any angler.
At 7am Friday 30th April, 2021 all anglers that have entered the HookUp fishing competition are eligible to win the $10,000 cash prize upon successfully catching the Q-Air Port of Gladstone Bounty Fish. Any angler that has not entered the HookUp by this time will only receive $5,000 for the fish.
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 45 minutes after the live fish category cut off on Sunday, 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 the fishing competition category.