The sixth prize fish of Season 4 of the Million Dollar Fish competition was landed at the Daly River Mango Farm by Queensland tourist Mark Iseppi on Australia Day netting him a cool $10,000 in the process.
At least one of the tagged fish has been released into the Katherine region’s waterways.
With Territory anglers claiming all the prizes to date, Mark Iseppi is the first tourist to pull in a winner on his line.
Mark landed the biggest catch so far with a whopping 86 centimetre red-tagged barra at Daly River Mango Farm where he’s been fishing for four weeks while on an extended fishing holiday with his family.
With the all-important verification photos and emails sent, Mark and his family are yet to decide how they will spend their $10,000 windfall.
Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss congratulated Mark on being the first tourist to reel in a prize-tagged fish, the sixth of the record 125 fish available this season.
The Million Dollar Fish competition is a tourism initiative designed to lure more visitors to the Territory during the tropical summer and boost the Northern Territory’s reputation as the best place in the world to stay, play and fish.
As at September 2018, an estimated 46,000 interstate fishers have come the Top End over the last 2 years, an increase of 6000 on previous years.
Season 4 of the Million Dollar Fish competition was launched in October and runs until the end of March 2019.
For a chance to win a prize barra, participants must be 18 years of age and register online at milliondollarfish.com.au.
Just by registering for the competition, anglers are eligible to win the prize-tagged $10,000 or $1 million fish, and will also be in the running to win a swag of fantastic prizes as part of the Million Dollar Fish prize pool.
Mark Iseppi said: “We came to the NT because we love fishing during the wet. When we saw the Million Dollar Fish tag we were pretty excited.
“I love the NT and it’s the best place to fish. My family and I have come from Roma in Queensland to stay in Daly River for the wet season to enjoy the best fishing in Australia.”
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