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Richest Murray cod tagged fishing competition

Recreational anglers, get your fishing rods ready — the Riverina’s richest Murray cod tagged fishing competition is officially underway! Launched this week, Murray Cod Reel of Fortune has $30,000 in cash prizes up for grabs, in a new initiative designed to encourage local and visiting recreational anglers to wet a line in the rivers and creeks of the Murray-Darling Basin.

For the team at Aquna Sustainable Murray Cod, the fishing competition is about generating a competitive spirit between anglers who are keen to win one of 10 cash prizes, with a chance to give back to their favourite charity in the region. According to Aquna managing director, Mat Ryan:

“One of the important objectives is to create community goodwill. While the major prize is a $10,000 catch, one fish is tagged for a lucky angler to win $5000, plus an additional $5000 to donate to the angler’s charity of choice within the Murray-Darling Basin system,” he said.

So, where can I catch a Murray cod?

Reel of Fortune will see 10 legal-size, tagged Murray cod released into the Murrumbidgee River between Wagga Wagga and Hay. It’s important you follow our event partner, NSW Department of Primary Industries’ freshwater fishing rules and regulations.

If you’re new to fishing for Murray cod, whatever lure you’re using, getting it as close as you can to a log, or other structure, is going to be your best bet. Why? Because Murray cod are known as log hogs! Unlike other fish, they’re an ambush predator and will lie in wait.

Should you catch a Murray cod, check to see if it’s a competition fish. Each competition Murray cod has an Aquna-branded T-Bar tag, with an identifying number. But, you’ll need to be registered in the fishing competition to claim the relevant prize(s).

Who can fish for the competition Murray cod?

You’re eligible to enter the competition if you’re over 18 years of age (or have parental consent, if you’re under 18 years of age). Anglers must be registered to participe. Entry to the fishing competition is free. Once you’ve registered, you’re ready to wet a line and get started.

How does the fishing competition work?

Visit Murray Cod Reel of Fortune for information on how the fishing competition works, including details on the cash prizes. Remember, the biggest catch is a $10,000 fish, followed by a $5000 winner, which comes with additional $5000 to give to your favourite charity in the region.

If you’re a registered angler and have complied with the competition Terms and Conditions , you’ll be eligible for the cash-prize attached to the tagged Murray cod. Cut off the tag on capture of the competition fish, for presentation to Aquna officials, in person, for final verification.

What’s next?

Murray Cod Reel of Fortune is open now for registered anglers and will close on 23:59, 31 August 2021. Register now.