Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Looking Up for HookUp; Preparation under Way for Fishers

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Looking Up for HookUp; Preparation under Way for Fishers

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Byline: Emily Pidgeon emily.pidgeon@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE annual fishing competition is being set up ahead of the weekend ready to attract thousands of keen fishers.

The Boyne Tannum HookUp president Jennifer McGuire said they had sold close to 3000 tickets for the event with very few tickets left.

"Sales are ahead compared to last year, we're close to the 3000 cut off and registration closes 3pm Friday," Ms McGuire said.

With good weather predicted for the weekend, the three-day event has attracted local families from across central Queensland as well as anglers from New Zealand, South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria.

"It's the nature of the industry ... it's an annual event on their calendar," Ms McGuire said.

"Our plans are to take it internationally in the next 12 months."

Ms McGuire said executives of Yamaha Motors from Japan would be attending the event.

"35% of people come from outside our region, that's why it's a tourism drawcard," she said. …

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