Barramundi News – from the NT to Hazelwood Pondage

//Barramundi News – from the NT to Hazelwood Pondage

Barramundi News – from the NT to Hazelwood Pondage

Winners are indeed grinners. Registration for 2016 is now open.

Tourism NT Million Dollar Barra Returning 2016 – Register Now

As reported in July/ August Freshwater Fishing #139, anglers will have even more chances to ’fish cash’ right out of the water after it was announced that Tourism NT’s Million Dollar Fish competition will return this year for a second season. The registration period starting in July 2016.

The Northern Territory Government announced the news after the official end of the inaugural season which wrapped up last night, and saw 10 prize-tagged barramundi worth $10,000 each, caught across Top End waters over the last five months.

Million Dollar Fish campaign ambassador and Mate of the Territory, Matthew Hayden said: “Aussies have the perfect excuse to book a trip up to the Top End with this second chance to reel in the million dollar fish.”

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AFN’s Bill Classon dices with a typically acrobatic NT Barra

“Million Dollar Fish will be the perfect excuse for fishos to stay, play and fish here during season two – I can’t wait to see it unfold again,” said Mr Hayden.

Chief Minister and Tourism Minister Adam Giles said the first season of Million Dollar Fish had been a great success and delivered huge promotion for the NT around the world.

“We’ve had more than 43,000 people register for the competition from 62 different countries including 25,800 people from interstate and 14,600 Northern Territory locals,” he said.

“A Tourism NT registrant survey also showed an estimated quarter of the 25,800 interstate registrants – around 6000 people – came to the NT to participate in the Million Dollar Fish competition with the visitors mainly coming from Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria,” he said.

Competition partners and underwriters of the cash prizes, CrownBet, paid out $100,000 throughout season one and they are thrilled to be back on board for another season.

Highlights of season one included:

  • Darwin local Nathan Neave defying the odds to catch two $10,000 fish;
  • 10 fish caught from four different locations across the Top End (Darwin Harbour, Daly River, Corroborree Billabong and Bynoe Harbour);
  • One fish caught without a boat (Daly local Kurt Bauman on the Daly River).

To register and for more information

Hazelwood Pondage Barramundi – Boom times ahead for Vic

The Hazelwood Pondage Barramundi appear to be thriving and as Fisheries reports this means very exciting news for Victorian Freshwater anglers…

The survey of Hazelwood Pondage last week captured 20 stocked barramundi, the biggest of which weighed more than 6 kg.

Fisheries Victoria Executive Director, Travis Dowling, said that the exceptional growth was very exciting news for freshwater anglers hoping to chase a barramundi right here in Victoria.

“Stocking barramundi into Hazelwood Pondage was one of several State Government commitments in its Target One Million plan for recreational fishing, which aims to get more people fishing, more often and grow participation to one million anglers by 2020,” Mr Dowling said.

“Eighteen barramundi measuring about 33 cm were stocked into the Pondage in September 2015, following a successful acclimatisation trial.

“These were followed in April 2016 by three size classes consisting of 1000 fingerlings at 5cm, 500 fish at 10cm and 100 larger barramundi at 30cm.

“We believe that the six largest barramundi surveyed last week, including the thumper over 6 kg, were all from the first small stocking in September 2015.

“Nine of the barramundi surveyed were around 50cm and from the recent stocking of 30cm size class fish in April 2016.

“These growth rates are comparable, if not better, than some of Australia’s best tropical barramundi fisheries.”

Mr Dowling said the results indicate that stocked barramundi, in particular those released as larger fish, have thrived in the Pondage and grown exceptionally well.

“The Pondage’s unusually warm water, combined with its abundant population of exotic prey-fish, appear to have provided barramundi with an ideal home away from home.

“The performance of the stocked barramundi has been monitored with leading fisheries research methods including acoustic tagging and listening stations, water temperature loggers and electro-fishing.”

Hazelwood Pondage Barramundi – Angler Access

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The AFN team are no strangers to big barramundi

Recreational fishing in the Pondage remains closed until at least 20 October 2016 to enable further fish surveys to be conducted.

Fisheries Victoria and a working group of anglers, the land owner and the Latrobe City Council are looking at ways to ensure the fishery is well managed prior to re-opening, including facility upgrades, fisheries enforcement and education, and usagerules so everyone can enjoy the waterway.

AFN is excited by the prospects of targeting a Hazelwood Pondage Barramundi in the future.

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