Season 9 of Million Dollar Fish opens on Sunday, 1 October 2023, and not one but two barramundi worth a million dollars have been released this season.
This means there are now 11 million-dollar barra swimming in the Territory’s pristine waterways to be caught in Australia’s richest fishing competition, which is underwritten by SportsBet.
Competition organiser Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC) has confirmed a winner will take home a million dollars during Season 9, so there’s never been a better time to book a trip to the Northern Territory’s Top End and wet a line.
Releasing two ‘big ones’ is the first in a raft of initiatives to ensure a lucky angler reels in a million bucks. Further initiatives will be revealed as the season progresses.
As well as the two fish carrying million-dollar red tags, 100 barramundi sporting a $10,000 tag have also been released across the Top End’s pristine fishing regions of Darwin, Katherine, Kakadu, Arnhem Land and the Tiwi Islands. The Northern Territory has some of the best fishing in the country with anglers able to fish creeks, billabongs, rivers and the blue water.
Since Million Dollar Fish began in 2015, $925,000 has been paid out to anglers who have hooked a red-tagged barra, but the million-dollar barra has never been reeled in.
For Season 9, 11 barramundi with a million-dollar tag remain eligible to be caught, meaning there’s 11 chances to catch a million dollars. Once a million-dollar tagged fish is hooked, all other million-dollar tagged fish revert to $10,000 fish for the rest of Season 9.
Million Dollar Fish is delivered by NTMEC on behalf of the Northern Territory Government. NTMEC CEO Suzana Bishop expects record-breaking registrations for the biggest prize pool yet.