History of Million Dollar Fish
Famous for barra, the Northern Territory is widely known as Australia’s top fishing destination. The Million Dollar Fish competition started in 2015 to encourage visitation and to give one lucky fisho the chance to reel in a million bucks. Now a staple on the Top End’s calendar of events, Million Dollar Fish continues to grow with more prize-tagged fish released every year. Barra are tagged and secretly released right across the Territory in five main fishing regions: Darwin, Kakadu, Arnhem Land, Katherine and Tiwi. Since the competition launched, over 40 fishos from around Australia have reeled in tagged barramundi, and hundreds more have won epic prizes from our partners.
With more prize-tagged fish than ever before, Season 6 is the biggest yet. Running from 1 October 2020 – 31 March 2021, up for grabs is seven* Million Dollar Fish, 100 $10,000 barra and 20 Charity Fish worth $5,000 each (with $2,500 going to the fisho and the other half going to charity). Beneficiaries of Season 6 Charity Fish include Cancer Council NT, Star Ball through the Starlight Children’s Foundation and the Shimano Junior Indigenous Guide Program through the Hayden & Reynolds Project. For the first time ever, we’ve introduced the Double Tag Barra, worth $15,000 ($10,000 to you, and $5,000 for a mate who’s has a tough 2020). There will be five released in Season 6 (one in each fishing region).
*Once the first Million Dollar Fish is caught, the remaining six become $10,000 in value.