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NT’s fifth $10k-tagged barra caught by Darwin local

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A FIFTH barramundi worth $10,000 has been caught in the NT’s Million Dollar Fish competition.

The $10,000 72 centimetre prize-tagged barra was caught at Darwin Harbour Middle Arm on Friday 14 October by Jeremy Hooper from Bakewell who was fishing on his own, in his favourite spot.

“Congratulations to Jeremy on his win in the Million Dollar Fish competition,” said Department of Tourism and Culture CEO Alastair Shields.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better start to the competition with five $10,000 fish caught in the first two weeks and $50,000 in cash prizes now handed out.

“Million Dollar Fish is an important tourism campaign to generate increased visitation to the Northern Territory over the lower season and has so far seen more than 30,000 people register for the competition with half of those from interstate.”

Mr Hooper’s recapture is the fifth prized fish from Season 2 of Million Dollar Fish to be caught.

“I go fishing regularly and didn’t expect to catch a $10,000 barra. It was my second catch of the day and I almost threw it back,” said the 28-year old keen fisherman.

“I was pretty stoked when I saw the red prize-tag and rang my partner Sam straight away. There were a few expletives said and I did a little happy dance, that’s for sure.”

When asked for a fishing tip, he said; “You can’t catch a barra sitting on the couch.”

The Million Dollar Fish competition runs from 1 October 2016 – 28 February 2017.

Participants must register at the Million Dollar Fish website.

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