Australia’s Biggest National Fishing Challenge

AUSTRALIANS across all States and Territories are being encouraged to prepare their fishing gear for the 2023 PIRTEK Fishing Challenge. 

The challenge is an online national fishing competition open to all ages and experience levels.  All competitors receive a limited-edition cap, brag mat and sticker with junior competitors receiving a bonus packet of Berkley soft plastics.

This year’s Challenge will be a two-day event taking place on Saturday and Sunday April 22 and 23.  

Competitors will fish for their favourite species, photograph their catch on the brag mat with their angler number and codeword clearly visible; then upload the photos to the website for judging.

The Challenge is a major fundraising initiative assisting to raise funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA).  More than 19,500 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in Australia every year.

PIRTEK has partnered with PCFA since 2009 helping to raise vital funds for prostate cancer research, awareness initiatives and support programs by hosting Australia’s biggest fishing competition.

The Challenge is also a major fundraising partner for the Peter Duncan Neurosciences Research Unit, which has recently been lauded as the number one Neuroscience Research facility in Australia.  

The focus of the Unit is to study adult stem cells and their role in causing and exacerbating neurological diseases. The goal is to find and apply new neuroscience techniques for patients suffering from diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, along with other neurological conditions and stroke.

There are 22 target species nationally covering all States and Territories both fresh and saltwater. 

This year, the Challenge is offering a record $280,000 in cash and prizes.

PIRTEK together with Berkley, BCF, Stacer, ABU Garcia, Lowrance, Valvoline, Sea-Doo, Club Marine, Minn Kota, BAR Group, Mako Eyewear, BLA and Mercury have delivered a fantastic prize pool for this year’s competition. 

PIRTEK is keeping all competitors in the hunt with twenty-two $2500 cash mystery length prizes along with a second $1500 mystery length totalling $88,000.  The mystery lengths are awarded in each category for the fish measuring closest to a secret measurement determined by the event organizers.  These lengths are generally of an average sized fish giving everyone the opportunity to win.

Thanks to our fantastic partners we have a $100,000 ‘On The Water’ prize draw proving you don’t have to catch big to win big!

Prizes include: 

  • A cracking Stacer 469 Outlaw side console boat motor trailer package with 75hp Mercury outboard, Lowrance sounder and 12 months Club Marine insurance.  Valued at $39,649
  • Get ready for some fast fishing with a Sea-Doo Fish Pro Scout including trailer and 12 months Club Marine insurance.  Valued at $22,883
  • The Club Marine Tinnie which features a Stacer 389 Territory Striker, 25hp tiller steer BMT package. Valued at $16,065
  • Forget the anchor with a Minn Kota/ Lithium electric motor package.  Valued at $11,275
  • Find more fish with a Lowrance HDS9 Pro sounder and GPS unit.  Valued at $3,899
  • 1 x $2000 and 4 x $1000 Berkley/ABU Garcia tackle packs to make any fishos day.
  • Along with a host of prizes from Valvoline, BAR Pressure washers and Mako eyewear. 

PIRTEK COO, Mark Devitt, said: “It’s fantastic to see the Challenge develop and grow over the last 15 years. This is all made possible by the wonderful support from our keen competitors. I’m looking forward to seeing smiling faces and some great fish photos from the April event.”

Michael Guest, event director, said: “The Challenge is designed to allow people of all ages and experience to get involved and enjoy a couple of days on the water. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an experienced angler or picking up a rod for the first time. The PIRTEK Fishing Challenge is all about getting together with your friends and family, having fun and supporting our charity partners.”

Competing anglers can look the part by purchasing from the extensive range of merchandise available on the website, including fishing shirts, t-shirts, neck buffs and broadbrim hats.

For more information and to register visit

Registrations cost $30.00, plus postage and handling.

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