Eighty kilometres out to sea, the sun bursting into life over a glassy sea - what a sight - a Team of CruiseCrafts powering along at full noise ...
That's the scene which greeted those Team CruiseCraft participants who made the pilgrimage to the Boyne-Tannum Hookup this year. With coral trout and red throat sweetlip almost fighting each other to get on to hooks, it was a trip to remember, particularly for the 'first timers'.
Darren Watter from Burpengary (Brisbane) was one of them and took his non-fishing, but delightful wife, Michelle up to Boyne-Tannum for the trip. Running his Outsider 575 single-handed, including a long trek offshore on his wife's birthday, he nailed a great catch of quality trout. Darren also managed to haul in a solid Chinaman fish on a lightweight outfit while simultaneously reeling in a red throat on a second rod. He assisted others with his excellent filleting skills and gave plenty of lip to Boyne-Tannum stalwarts which resulted in him being presented with the Spirit of Team CruiseCraft award.
Darrene took home a pair of sensational stainless steel trolling tubes crafted and generously donated by David Green of Greens Marine Stainless. Paul Whalley from Victoria Point
(Brisbane) was another first-timer. As the owner of an Outsider 625, but not having fished the area before, he drew on the assistance of Boyne-Tannum regular, Rob Bertram and became a crew member on Rob's boat. While Brett Lee knows the offshore grounds well, he also sought out the local knowledge of TCC regulars - that's just one of the advantages of being in Team CruiseCraft – plenty of support to explore new places.
The 'regulars' welcomed the opportunity to catch up with Gladstone brothers Andrew and Chris Tarr along with their dad, Aubrey who collectively, own an Outsider 685. Heath Semmler (Outsider 7650) and his mates organised the bulk ice supplies at a significant discount for the Team CruiseCraft visitors and wait for this – even dropped the iceberg-sized load off at the Tannum Sands Beach Caravan park where most in TCC stay.
The team from Sea Hawk below comprisingMick Westaway, Callum Patience, Richard Love and Josh Woodroofe scored very well in the fishing department, but perhaps not quite as well as Chris Andersen. Chris won a new CruiseCraft Explorer 575 at the tournament which was presented to him by CruiseCraft's Peter Benston and the General Manager of the Gladstone Observer, Carl Carter.
All at Team CruiseCraft send their best wishes to Jeff Amos who is retiring after helping steer the Boyne-Tannum Hookup to its present day success. Jeff has been a major help to us in organising our northern forays and for that we thank him sincerely.