Fishos registered for Tourism NT’s Million Dollar Fish campaign will be getting their rods ready as barramundi tagged with $1.75 million in prize money have now been released in Top End waters to mark the beginning of Season One. The good news is that those who love to wet a line can still register for their chance to win.
From today, experienced anglers right through to amateurs have the chance to net 76 iconic NT barramundi that have been expertly tagged and released in waters throughout the area. One barramundi bearing a $1 million prize tag, as well as 75 others that will net their catchers $10,000 each, are now ready to be caught right up until February 29, 2016.
Million Dollar Fish campaign ambassador and Mate of the Territory Matthew Hayden said: “With the million dollar barra now out there in Top End waters, now is the time to head to the NT for your chance to come home with a six-figure payload in your hand. The NT is internationally renowned as a spectacular fishing destination and Million Dollar Fish is the perfect excuse for local and international visitors to stay, play and fish here over the next few months.”
“From blue water fishing out of Darwin and the Tiwi Islands, to Billabong fishing at Kakadu, tropical sport fishing in East Arnhem Land and river fishing in Katherine – there’s plenty to see, do and catch in the diverse waters of the NT.”
NT Chief Minister Adam Giles said Million Dollar Fish was an Australian-first tourism campaign by the NT Government, which will help lure more visitors to the region.
“The Northern Territory is the best place in the world to stay, play and fish. The Million Dollar Fish competition will provide substantial economic benefits to the Territory in what is traditionally our slower tourism season and I wish everyone the best of luck.”
Fishing lovers must register for the Million Dollar Fish competition online to be eligible to win the prize money if they catch a tagged fish released across the Top End. Fishos will also be able to scout out the various waterways and open blue-water locations where the million dollar fish may be lurking.
Matt Hayden’s top five tips for landing the Million Dollar Fish:
- During the build-up season in October, hit the inland waterways and billabongs for freshwater barra as they warm up there ahead of monsoon season
- When monsoon lands around January, places like Darwin Harbour are barra hotspots where you’ll find them hiding amongst the mangrove creeks and estuaries
- Take a few weedless lures on your trip as some parts of estuaries are full of roots and hidden obstacles which can make your day not about fishing, but retrieving expensive lures
- Switch to noisy surface poppers or troll along a moonlit patch of lilies to attract the barra to the surface
- Engage a local ‘fisho’ to take you out because not only can they provide all the fishing equipment you need, they hold all of the local knowledge about where the best places to fish are!
For further information head to www.milliondollarfish.com.au.