THE sixth $10,000 tagged barramundi has been caught in Season 9 of the Northern Territory’s Million Dollar Fish competition by fisherman James McWilliam. James, who luckily announced his catch an hour before the competition’s “Double the Dough” promotion ended, walked away with a whopping $20,000.
Last weekend, the competition ran its “Double the Dough” promotion, which meant the first angler to reel in a $10k fish had their prize doubled to $20,000 and James was the lucky fisherman to catch one during this time.
A member of Defence, James was on a day fishing trip with mates in Bynoe Harbour near Crab Claw Island Resort when he reeled in his lucrative 82cm barramundi sporting a red tag worth $20,000 at lunchtime on Sunday, 19 November.
Each time a fisho catches a $10,000 barra, they can donate an extra $1,000 to the Million Dollar Fish charity of their choice. The charity money was doubled for this fish, and James decided to give the $2,000 to Starlight Children’s Foundation, dedicated to brightening the lives of seriously ill children, teenagers and their families across Australia.
Season 9 will run till 31 March 2024, with 11 barra worth a million and 94 barra worth $10,000 still swimming in the Top End’s pristine waters waiting to be caught. So far, the competition has given away $70,000 in prize money.
The competition guarantees a millionaire this season, with more initiatives to be announced in upcoming months.
More info at milliondollarfish.com.au