The latest season of Million Dollar Fish has come to a close, following a successful six months that saw local and interstate fishos cash in through the competition.
Between 1 October 2020 and 31 March 2021, anglers caught 11 prize-tagged fish across the Top End, with competition underwriter SportsBet paying out $115,000 in prize money.
SportsBet External Affairs Manager Brad Fanning said the company was thrilled to come on board as the naming rights sponsor and partner with Australia’s richest fishing competition for Season 6.
“Over the past six months we’ve seen a wide demographic of fishos take home huge cash prizes and registered participants of all ages win great prizes each month as part of the Lucky Prize Pool,” he said.
“I’d like to congratulate all winners of Season 6 and look forward to Million Dollar Fish returning for Season 7 in October this year.”
Fishos caught tagged barra at a range of iconic Top End fishing destinations, including Adelaide River, Darwin Harbour, Bridge Lagoon, Daly River, Finniss River and Kakadu. Holidays, home renovations, furniture, fishing equipment, a buck’s night and a lawn mower are just some of the things fishos spent their winnings on. Prize-tagged fish were caught in a range of ways, including by handline and from the shore, proving fishos do not need a boat or high-end fishing equipment to become a Million Dollar Fish winner. One even fought off a crocodile to reel in his lucrative catch!
Both local and interstate fishos cashed in as part of Season 6, with 44 prizes drawn as part of the Lucky Prize Pool. Collectively worth $44,000, the prizes included fishing trips to the NT, Anaconda vouchers, Engel fridge/freezers, Shimano fishing packs and more.
Season 6 attracted almost 29,000 registrations, compared to 21,312 last year. New additions to the competition for Season 6 included the official Million Dollar Fish shirt made by Darwin’s very own Big Fish Gear. The new threads were embraced by local and interstate anglers alike, with almost 800 shirts sold throughout Season 6.
This season also saw the introduction of the new Double Tag Barra, which awarded $10,000 to the fisho, plus $5,000 to a mate of their choice. An interstate fisho and his mate were the first to hook onto a Double Tag Barra and take home $15,000 as part of Season 6. The March Madness initiative spiced things up further, and put $20,000 in the pockets of a local fisho after he caught the first tagged fish in March.
Although Season 6 has ended, fishos are reminded all seven $1 million tagged fish remain active year-round. If you catch a red-tagged barra call 1800 077 001 and quote the unique code. To claim the prize money you must have registered for Season 6 by 31 March 2021.
The Season 6 $1 million tag number to look out for is:
Million Dollar Fish returns later this year, with Season 7 kicking off on 1 October 2021. For more information, head to www.milliondollarfish.com.au and follow Australia’s richest fishing competition on social media for all the latest updates.