Each fish caught will be weighed in at the Official Daily Weigh-in tent at Bray Park Boyne Island. The daily weigh-in will be conducted Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10am to 11am and again at 2pm until 4pm (there is no weigh-in on Friday morning). Fish weigh-in times are based on the time recorded by the calibrated weigh-in scales.

Competitors must present their current year Electronic Ticket at weigh-ins (Refer 1.4), without their Electronic Ticket, competitors are not eligible to weigh-in fish.

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. Fish must be gilled and gutted, (with the exception of live categories) 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.

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.

Live fish can be brought to the live fish weigh-in station at any time between the hours of 8am and 4pm on Friday and Saturday and 7am and 3.30pm on Sunday, however to qualify for the daily prizes, the fish must be weighed in no later than the daily cut off time on that day. The fish must remain alive for 30 minutes in the Official Hook Up recovery tank to qualify for official entry into the event.

All other tagged fish presented at the live weigh-in station during the event will go into a draw for a non-monetary prize each day. These fish are to be presented under the live category rules.

Introducing Jet Fishing

Boyne Tannum HookUp have a jet fishing category sponsored by Yamaha Motor Finance and Yamaha Motor Insurance. Competition entrants can fish from a Personal Water Craft (PWC), take a photo of themselves on their PWC with the competition JETFISH sticker visible to go into the random draw for Jet Fishing vouchers each day.

HookUp will be giving away a Yamaha VX Deluxe Waverunner (pictured above) as a promotional draw for senior entrants on the Saturday night of the competition.

An additional 3 random prize draws to the value of $500 Yamaha Motor Insurance vouchers will be open to eligible personal water craft (PWC or Jetski) competitors. These will be randomly drawn daily from the PWC entrants. To be eligible for these PWC prizes the angler must have weighed-in a fish across the 3-days of the event in any of the 17 senior fish categories named above by presenting their Electronic Ticket in addition to a photo of themselves on their PWC holding the fish including their HookUp JETFISH sticker (available free of charge from the merchandise tent at the event) visible in the photo.

An additional 3 random prize draws to the value of $100 each will be open to eligible human powered water craft (kayak, canoe, stand-up paddle board etc) competitors.

Each day a $100 cash prize for juniors and $100 cash prize for seniors will be drawn at random from all HPWC competitors who met the below criteria. At the end of the event the overall HPWC entrants will be drawn at random from all HPWC entrants and awarded a gift voucher for a local fishing store.



Random Prize Draws

To be Eligible

The angler must have weighed-in a fish across the 3-days of the event in any of the junior or senior fish categories by presenting their Electronic Ticket in addition to a photo of themselves on their HPWC holding the fish including their HookUp BSL, QAL, Rio Tinto sticker visible in the photo.

How to Enter

Go to the live or dead fish weigh in areas and provide a photo of yourself on your human powered craft holding the fish including the HPWC sticker in the photo. The HPWC sticker is available free of charge from the merchandise tent.

Three live Barramundi will be caught-tagged and released prior to the event in the Lake Awoonga, each having a prize value of $5,000 if caught. The Barramundi must be presented under the live category rules and the tag checked by the officials to claim the $5,000 prize money for that fish

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. No other Brag Mats, other than the above 2 options will be accepted and at all times 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 at random, and may not be the longest fish. 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 that has a fixed prize value of $5,000).

At the conclusion of the daily weigh-in all Daily Fish Category Winners will be awarded the Daily Fish Category Payout for the heaviest fish recorded for that day. Competitors must present their Electronic Ticket at weigh-ins to be eligible.

Anyone not in the queue at the final weigh-in with a dead fish to be weighed at 4pm, or a live fish at 3.30pm on the final day of competition (being a Sunday) will be deemed ineligible to “weigh-in” and therefore outside the Official Finish Time. Competitors must present an Official Electronic Ticket at weigh-ins.

Prior to the event a fish will be caught and tagged with a bright pink HookUp tag and returned to the Gladstone Harbour.

The QAir Port of Gladstone Bounty Fish is worth $10,000 if caught dead or alive.

At 7am on the first day of competition the event safety briefing will occur. Following the safety briefing the QAir 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.

If the QAir Port of Gladstone Bounty Fish is caught during the three day HookUp event it will be worth $10,000. After the event, the fish is worth $5,000.


Jet Fishing

Live Flat Head

Live Whiting

Live Fingermark

Live Mangrove Jack

Live Bream

Live Grunter

Live Barramundi


Red Emperor


Spanish Mackerel


Coral Trout


Sweet Lip Red Throat


Large Mouth Nannygai