Great mates and great fish. This year's contingent included a few of Grafton's finest citizens - Peter Dougherty and Steve Coleman who joined up with another sterling Graftonite, Graeme Green to crew on Kevin Nichols' Explorer 685 at the Boyne-Tannum Hook-Up fishing tournament.
Kevin nailed a heavyweight Chinaman fish (Symphorus nematophorus) – a wonderful kicking, bucking, head shaking bronco of a beast which is on Queensland's 'no take' list due to some of them being known to cause ciguatera – a most unwelcome form of fish poisoning.
Pete's brace of coral trout were at the other extreme, being among the state's finest table fare. Steve's quality red throat sweetlip also was welcomed on to the dinner plates.
Once again, many thanks to the folks in pink shirts who put on such a great event and who make Team CruiseCraft participants so welcome every year. Also, a very special thanks to one of the event's key organisers, Jeff Amos, who is retiring to take a well-deserved break from the pressures of staging such an amazing event.
As we always say, the Boyne-Tannum Hook-Up is one of the best, if not the best, family fishing tournament in Australia. Over the June long weekend, more than 30 thousand visitors went through the gates to enjoy the displays and activities throughout Bray Park where the tournament's headquarters are based. This year, the organiser gave away $300,000 in prizes and cash with the top prize going to a local lady.
That brings the total amount given away in prizes to more than $3million since the event started and more importantly, the event has raised more than $1 million for charities.
This year, more than 800 estuarine fish were tagged and released back into the Boyne River making a valuable contribution to the local piscatorial database. The information is regularly used by the Department of Primary Industries and Queensland Fisheries as well as various universities and students studying marine sciences.