October 04, 2017

Million Dollar Fish : the catch of a lifetime

Are you going to be the lucky winner?

It’s that time of year again. The time when fishing fanatics from afar haul in their boats and cast their lines, hoping to be the ones to catch the lucky million dollar barra.

Once again, the Million Dollar Fish competition is back in Darwin.

Now in its third season, the CrownBet sponsored event has quickly become the biggest fishing competition in the Northern Territory. Thousands of eager fishos from the Top End and beyond will get the opportunity to catch 100 barra worth $10,000, or the special $1,000,000 fish.

The 101 tagged barra are released all across the Northern Territory, from the northernmost Wiligi, to the eastern Nhulunbuy, down to the southern Victoria River and out west to Bathurst Island. Rumour has it that the one-and-only million dollar barra has yet to be caught… Will you be the one to reel it in?

The Top End fishing territory boasts some of the best tropical sportfishing opportunities in the world, bringing in people from Australia and overseas all year round to have a go at catching some local fish. With a range of guided fishing charters, from one-day excursions to weeklong safaris, there are loads of opportunities for all types of fishermen.

“We know that fishing in the Territory is an unrivalled experience, and the chance to catch an iconic NT barramundi worth $1 million is the icing on the cake.”

- Lauren Moss, Northern Territory’s Minister for Tourism and Culture

Not only will you have a chance to catch the prized barra, but the competition also has a whole lot of awesome prizes up for grabs. From a safari fishing holiday package, to an Outlander quad bike, and loads of fishing gear, you can’t miss out!

What you need to know

  • There are a total of 101 tagged barramundi, with one lucky fish valued at $1,000,000 and the rest $10,000 each.
  • Entry is free, but make sure you register else you won’t be eligible.
  • Get fishing now! The competition runs from 1 October 2017 until 28 February 2018.

Darwin: a fisherman’s dream

It’s a well-known fact: Darwin is famous for its world-class fishing scene.

Barramundi is the most popular species, famous for being a challenging catch. With the average barra weighing around 15kg, trying to land one of these can make for a tough and exciting challenge.

It’s not just barra you should look out for. Darwin has also got some stellar spots for reef and sport fish, such as golden snapper, giant trevally and Spanish mackerel.

With a diverse natural landscape, from meandering tidal rivers, to lush billabongs, to picturesque coastline, Darwin is true fishing territory . The sprawling network of rivers, estuaries, and waterways offers unique and exciting fishing opportunities and some of the best fishing spots in the world.

October to December is one of the best times to fish in Darwin. It’s what locals call ‘the build up’ time, with the barra breeding season in full swing. Out on the boat, you’ll find flat seas and little wind, ideal conditions for catching barra. Locals also say it’s the best time for fly fishing and reef fishing.

Darwin’s best fishing spots

  • Dundee beach
    About 90 minutes west of Darwin you’ll find one of the best spots to catch saltwater barramundi. Dundee beach is a fishing hotspot, with a lot of local charters operating tours in the nearby Finniss River and Dundee jewfish reef.
  • Darwin Harbour
    If you want to know where the locals fish, head down to Darwin Harbour. It’s one of the most popular places in Darwin to fish for barra. It’s a lucky spot too, with one of the previous season’s $10,000 barra being caught there!
  • Buffalo Creek
    If you feel like getting off the boat for a bit, why not head down to Buffalo Creek, a favourite spot for barra fishing. Settle in, cast your line and wait for the barra to bite!

Cook up your catch at Darwin Airport Hotels

Once again, Darwin Airport Hotels are back on board with this year’s Million Dollar Fish. If you’ve gone barra fishing before, you know those fish can be tough to catch. When you need to put your feet up after a hard day out on the boat, head back to Mercure Darwin Airport Resort or Novotel Darwin Airport Hotel and we’ll take care of you.

With a range of quality rooms and suites, an inhouse bar to grab a drink and a luxurious resort pool to chill at, you’re sure to have the best stay.

Even better, both the Mercure Darwin Airport Resort, and Novotel Darwin Airport Hotel are located just 15 minutes from Darwin Harbour, so you’ll waste no time heading back out to sea to catch the lucky barra!

Need a place to park your boat?

No worries, we’ve got you sorted! With plenty of parking space at both Mercure Darwin Airport Resort and Novotel Darwin Airport Hotel, there’s room enough for you, your boat and the big catch you’ll be hauling in!

And when you’re back from your day of barra fishing, why not cook up your catch in our outdoor bbq/cooking area?

Whether you’re a seasoned fisherman, or new to the Northern Territory’s fishing scene, you’re sure to find the best accommodation and quality Darwin hospitality at Darwin Airport Hotels. Book your room today!