It’s no secret the Territory’s barramundi fishing is running hot at the moment, with another local angler cashing in through Australia’s richest fishing competition.
Territorian Manap Lay is celebrating after bagging a $10,000 barra at Cullen Bay thanks to Million Dollar Fish, which is underwritten by SportsBet. This is the fourth fish caught in five days during what has been a record-breaking period in the history of the competition.
Manap said he’s been out nearly every day during Season 7 chasing red tags. “I’ve been following the clues on social media to try and catch one of the 12 extra fish, and couldn’t believe it when I saw the red tag,” he said.
“It was a tricky catch – the barra was a bit finicky taking the lure – but I got it eventually!”
The 56cm barra was part of the Merry Fishmas campaign, which saw an additional 12 tagged fish released into Territory waters. Clues to their whereabouts are being shared on the Million Dollar Fish social media channels throughout December. This is the second Merry Fishmas fish caught, and the ninth fish caught during Season 7 of the competition. There are still 103 Season 7 $10,000 fish swimming around Territory waterways, plus eight chances to catch a barra carrying a tag worth a million bucks.
For every $10,000 fish caught, an extra $1000 is donated to an Official Million Dollar Fish Charity. Manap chose the Starlight Children’s Foundation Darwin Star Ball.
NT Major Events Company CEO Tim Watsford said Million Dollar Fish Season 7 has been incredibly successful so far.
“We’ve now seen nine fish caught in almost as many weeks, and the last few days have delivered an absolute barra bonanza,” he said.
“With such amazing results word is spreading ever further about Million Dollar Fish, and what a phenomenal place the Territory is to visit and fish. There really is nowhere else like it.”
Season 7 of the Million Dollar Fish competition runs from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.
To claim prize money from a tagged fish, and to be in with a chance of winning goodies from the Lucky Prize Pool, you must be registered for Season 7 of Million Dollar Fish. Register for free at www.milliondollarfish.com.au.