TV personality Ernie Dingo was impressed with the friendly atmosphere at the Boyne Tannum HookUp in 2015.
TV personality Ernie Dingo was impressed with the friendly atmosphere at the Boyne Tannum HookUp in 2015. Laura McKee

Ernie Dingo: Rods are to men as shoes are to women

ERNIE Dingo was lapping up the sunshine and chin wags with Boyne Tannum HookUp patrons, highly impressed with the quality of one of the southern hemisphere's biggest fishing events.

Observer: What brings you to our neck of the woods?

ED: I am doing a lot of work with Engel and we travel around doing displays.

The boys kept talking about HookUp so I had to come up.

I've come from Melbourne where it's really snowy. I am working on my tan here in the sun.

I'm just stirring people up and chatting to them.

Observer: What's something non-fishermen don't know about fishing?

ED: Fishing is one of those things where you can't talk. You have to be quiet.

You scare the fish if you bullsh*t.

Fishing's not the time to have a deep and meaningful, either. Nobody plays loud music while you are fishing. You've got to focus.

Observer: Did you grow up fishing?

ED: I fished with a shotgun two inches below the water.

Observer: How many rods do fishermen need?

ED: Women should never complain about how many fishing rods men have.

Men have a different rod for different fishing conditions.

You ask any man, he would have five, six or seven rods. I bet you've got about 10 or 15 pairs of shoes.
It's the same for men.

Observer: What do you think about the HookUp so far?

ED: It's like people here are just walking into a family backyard.

This show is in a world of its own. Everyone's got a smile on their face.
 

Dave Hodge and Ernie Dingo.
Dave Hodge and Ernie Dingo. Mike Richards GLA060615HOOKM

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