NT Million Dollar Barra

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A lucky turn for Top End brothers: $10k barramundi hooked.

One $1 million barra, and 97 more $10,000 fish, yet to be caught

10 October 2016 – What a difference a few days can make – with Darwin man, Chris Louden, 34, catching a barramundi worth $10,000 as part of Season Two of Tourism NT’s Million Dollar Fish campaign not long after his car breaking down.

In a twist of fate, Chris’ brother, Brad, 35, had also caught a tagged barra from Season One of the competition last week that was ineligible for any cash prize. The catch spurred the pair on to go out again and try to turn their luck around.

Commenting on his prize-tagged catch, Chris said: “The barra put up a good fight. It took at least 10 minutes to reel it in and we didn’t even know it had a tag in it until we got it on the boat, and then we saw it and I said ‘you’re joking’!”

The winning 72 centimeter barra was caught over the weekend at Corroboree Billabong while back out on the water with his brother and a friend.

Having fished with his brother since they were in their teens, Chris intends to share some of his winnings with Brad, and plans to spend his portion of the $10,000 prize on fixing his car and a new fishing rod.

“My car broke down last week so it’s about time I got some good luck,” he said.

Commenting on his brother’s win, Brad said: “The time we spend fishing together has made us much closer. We’re best mates and brothers, and we fish at least three times a week.” unspecified-2

CrownBet CEO Matt Tripp, major sponsor of the competition and underwriters of the cash prizes, said he was delighted that the third red tagged barramundi was caught so soon.

“What a magnificent start with three recaptures in different locations in the first week.

“If you haven’t already, register and get to the NT before all the barra are caught.”

The recapture is the third since the competition began one week ago with the first two fish caught in Darwin Harbour and Daly River respectively.

In Season Two of Million Dollar Fish, 101 barramundi were tagged and released across the Territory, with 100 carrying $10,000 cash prize tags. Today’s win means there are still 97 $10,000 barras lurking and the prized million dollar fish to be caught.

In addition to the prize-tagged barramundi, registrants for Season Two are also in the draw to win $96,000 worth of prizes, including five HelloWorld holidays to five different regions in the Northern Territory flying Qantas, a Jayco Camper Trailer worth $30,000, Engel fridges, Shimano and BCF Fishing Tackle, JMGilles Classic Lures, Accor Hotels for Le Club points, Qantas flights, XXXX GOLD cartons and a fishing charter. All sponsor prizes are being drawn monthly up until February 2017.

For more information, or to register, visit www.milliondollarfish.com.au unspecified

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