Golden Tag | 2020 Fishing Competition
Win $10,000 and help fire affected communities
In response to the devastating bushfires and their impact on regional tourism businesses, the Victorian Fisheries Authority has established a tag-recapture competition that will encourage recreational fishers to return to East Gippsland and North East Victoria.
Competition start date
1 March 2020
The competition will run for 12 months finishing on 28 February 2021.
Victorian Fisheries Authority are currently in consultation with Visit Victoria, local government bodies and other key partners.
What are the prizes and how do I win?
To win one of the prizes up for grabs, you'll need to catch a fish with a golden tag.
The first ten fishers to catch a fish with a golden tag and report it will win a $10,000 prize. All tagged fish caught and reported after these first ten will be worth $2,000 each for the duration of the promotion.
Who can claim a prize?
No registration is required. The prizes are eligible for any recreational fisher with a Victorian fishing licence (unless they are exempt) who catches a tagged fish by legal methods. The $10,000 prize will be limited to one per individual.
Victorian Fisheries Authority staff members and contractors, including family members, are excluded from claiming the prizes.
I caught one! How do I claim a prize?
Record the length of the fish;
Photograph the fish with the tag still in place (make sure you take a secondary close-up photo of the tag which clearly shows the number);
Remove the tag (cut it off carefully close to the fish's skin) and keep it in a safe place;
Contact the Victorian Fisheries Authority on 03 9658 4737;
Provide your name, contact details, tag number, species of fish, waterway, location the fish was caught and overall length;
Bag and size limits apply.
Can I release the fish and still collect the prize?
Yes, providing you have taken the necessary photos of the tagged fish and carefully removed the tag, you may release it.
Keep in mind that if the fish is under or over the slot limits for Murray cod (55 - 75cm) and dusky flathead (30 - 55cm) they must be released.
What do the tags look like?
The tags are standard T-Bar fish tags and are specially marked yellow with the following wording on the tag "VFA WINNER Golden tag Ph 0396584737".
Click here for the full terms and conditions of the Golden Tag competition.
The Herald Sun Digital Edition: NEW PLAN TO REEL IN REGIONAL VISITORS
The Golden Tag competition will dangle thousands of dollars as bait to lure back visitors to areas crying out for an economic boost.
The first 10 lucky anglers to report their catch to the Victorian Fisheries Authority will pick up $10,000, while tagged fish caught after that will earn $2000.
The prize pool is capped at $500,000 for now and will be built into the VFA's existing budget.
But it is understood the government will look at extending the program if it is successful.
The competition will castoff within months, with the start date dependant on the speed of recovery efforts in bushfire-affected areas.
It is expected to take about 12 months for 300 of the tagged fish to be caught.
Authorities are hoping the event will bring a massive boost to parts of Gippsland and north east Victoria known for inland fishing from the shore and by boat.
It comes as the Princes Highway reopened after being closed for more than a month due to East Gippsland's deadly bushfires.
The final roadblock, on the stretch of highway between Cann River and the NSW border was lifted yesterday.
The recreational fishing industry brings in more than $600 million to the two regions each year, supports over 3800 jobs and provides a major boost for tourism.
Towns such as Mallacoota, Orbost, Omeo and Corryong are among those that will be targeted.
Fishing and Boating Minister Jaala Pulford said she hoped the scheme would bring more people to the state's waterways.
Species included with golden tags will include black bream, dusky flathead and King George whiting in East Gippsland, and Murray cod, brown trout and rainbow trout in the north east.
Anglers will be asked to take photos of the fish and the tag marked with a competition serial number.
An official start date will be launched after consultation with Visit Victoria.
This article is from the February 5, 2020 issue of The Herald Sun Digital Edition.
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