A father of five from Bundaberg has become the fourth $10,000 winner in the NT Government’s Million Dollar Fish competition.
Rob Barrett reeled in an 82 centimetre prize-tagged barramundi at the Corroboree Billabong on Saturday night, just 24 hours after the third competition fish was caught at Daly River.
“To have two $10,000 barra caught in two days is absolutely incredible,” said Tourism NT CEO, Tony Mayell.
“A big congratulations to Rob on becoming our fourth $10,000 winner and catching yet another tagged barra in the Million Dollar Fish competition.
“The competition is really starting to heat up just one month in and Rob’s catch should encourage everyone to get out on the water and tell your family and friends interstate and overseas to get up here to the Northern Territory, wet a line and become a winner.”
An avid fisherman, Mr Barrett registered for the Million Dollar Fish competition online before relocating to Darwin from Bundaberg in Queensland with his family two months ago.
Saturday night was the first time he’d ever been to popular Top End fishing spot, Corroboree Billabong and the first time he’d set eyes on another Territory icon, the saltwater crocodile.
“It was getting dark and there was algae on the tag so I didn’t see it straight away but when I did I couldn’t believe it. It was a bit of a nervous wait to find out if it was the one million or $10,000 so I didn’t get much sleep,” said Mr Barrett.
Mr Barrett said the $10,000 would go towards relocation costs and help the family settle into Darwin but he might find some room to include a new electric motor for his boat.