Northern Territory Government Newsroom

A million reasons to fish the Northern Territory!

Australia’s richest fishing competition is back, with registrations now open for Season 6 of Million Dollar Fish (MDF). This year there are a staggering SEVEN red-tagged barra worth $1 million each swimming around Northern Territory waterways.

That’s right. You have SEVEN times the chance to reel in the biggest catch of your life - the Season 6 Million Dollar Fish, plus the Million Dollar Fish from all the previous seasons. Once any one of the seven Million Dollar Fish are caught, the remaining six revert to $10,000 value.

The previous season’s $1 million tag numbers to look out for include:

·        S1-MDF1469

·        S2-MDF2656

·        S3-MDF3556

·        S4-MDF4540 and S4-MDF4663

·        S5-MDF5501

The chance to turn your catch into cash doesn’t end there, with a further 100 red-tagged barra worth $10,000 each. There are also 20 $5,000 purple-tagged barra – win $2,500 for you, and $2,500 for the MDF charity of your choice (Cancer Council NT, Star Ball or the Shimano Junior Indigenous Guide Program through the Hayden & Reynolds Project).

For the first time ever, MDF has released a new category of tagged fish: the Double Tag Barra. With one released in each MDF fishing location across the Top End (totalling five fish), fishos who catch the Double Tag Barra win $10,000, plus $5,000 for a mate who’s been having a tough time this year.

Registered Season 6 participants who reel in a tagged fish can score even more with the first-ever official MDF shirt. Made in Darwin by BigFish Gear, the limited edition shirt could be your lucky charm – if you’re wearing it when you catch a tagged fish, you’ll land an extra $1,000 of prizes.  

By simply registering for Season 6 you also go into the Lucky Prize Pool, with $50,000 worth of prizes from MDF partners up for grabs.

The MDF competition reels in fishing fanatics from all over, and anglers have caught more than 40 tagged fish since the competition began in 2015. The elusive Million Dollar Fish is yet to be landed.

Season 6 starts on 1 October 2020 and runs until 31 March 2021. You must be registered to claim a prize. Registrations are now open. Register for free at

Quotes from NT Major Events Company CEO, Tim Watsford:

“The Territory is one of Australia’s greatest fishing destinations, and competes easily on the world stage when it comes to incredible fishing experiences. Million Dollar Fish provides even more reasons for people to hit our waterways during the tropical summer.

“Best of all, any type of fisho can win. You don’t need to be a pro angler or own your own gear to take part. Tagged fish are released all over the Territory, so whether you’re fishing from a boat or land, the bluewater or freshwater, on your own or on a charter, you’re in with a chance.

“With seven Million Dollar Fish out there, there’s never been a better time to stay, play and fish our regions, from the Tiwi Islands and Arnhem Land to the Darwin, Kakadu and Katherine regions.”

Quotes from Million Dollar Fish’s Brad Fanning:

“It’s fantastic to see Million Dollar Fish return to the Top End, with registrations now open for Season 6.

“This Season is going to be bigger and better than ever, and with seven $1 million red-tagged barra swimming around, the chances of hooking onto a winner have never been higher.

“Registration for Million Dollar Fish is free, so I’d encourage locals and visitors alike to sign up for the chance to become a millionaire.”

Media Contact: NT Major Events Company Media Manager 0406 621026

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