GLA060615HOOKM Caption: HookUp June 6, 2015. Amity, 2, Zoe, Ryan, 5, and Mick Newman. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer
GLA060615HOOKM Caption: HookUp June 6, 2015. Amity, 2, Zoe, Ryan, 5, and Mick Newman. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer Mike Richards

The Hookup will go on: fishing comp cast lifeline

BOYNE Tannum HookUp will go on after all --- with new blood running in its veins.

The three-day event that draws tens of thousands of fishermen and women to the region has been running for 20 years.

On August 29 the biggest community-run competition in the southern hemisphere looked to have reeled in its last big crowd as three very long-serving organisers stepped aside.

HookUp looked set for the history books as the two-week deadline to fill the executive board lapsed with no interest. 

But the news that the biggest fishing event in the southern hemisphere might not go ahead lured three passionate residents.

They were new president Jennifer McGuire, treasurer Adam Balkin, secretary Pat Laws and continuing vice president Ned Beaumont.

Mrs Maguire, who has fished in the HookUp for 20 years, said she believed it was essential for new residents and people from outside of Gladstone to understand the region's amazing environment.

"You can work and earn a good income in Gladstone but in your time off there is a lot to do," she said.

"There is a lot more to Gladstone than just industry and the HookUp shows people that."

Six people left the committee after the 20th year in June, including long-serving president Jeff Amos after 11 years at the helm.

The 2016 Boyne Tannum HookUp will be held over the May Day weekend starting on April 29 and finishing on May 1.