First King Ash Bay Barra caught in Million Dollar Fish competition

Jamie McGuinness with $10,000 prize-tagged barramundi.

TERRITORIAN Jamie McGuinness has become the first to land a tagged barramundi at King Ash Bay as part of the Million Dollar Fish competition.

The $10,000 prize-tagged fish was caught on Tuesday, 5 November in the Davies Channel in the Gulf of Carpentaria while on an early morning fishing trip with one of his mates.

While the King Ash Bay resident’s 73cm catch was not one of the six red-tagged $1 million fish, McGuinness said the money would be useful in paying off some of his son’s boarding school expenses.

In Season 5 of the Million Dollar Fish competition, 121 barramundi have been tagged and released across the Top End including 100 carrying $10,000 cash prize tags and a further 20 purple-tagged Barra each worth $5,000 to be split between the angler and one of three Northern Territory-based charities.

For the first time in the competition, Season 5 has a staggering six prize-tagged barramundi worth $1 million each, including a Season 5 tagged Million Dollar Fish and an additional five barra with $1 million prize tags from Seasons 1 to 4.

Season 5 of the Million Dollar Fish competition runs from 1 October 2019 to 31 March 2020.

To be in the running to win a prized-tagged fish, register for the competition at

Participants will also go into the draw for more than $30,000 worth of prizes from Anaconda, Bigfish Gear, Engel, Shimano and Holidays of Australia and the World.

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