Golden Tag Competition A Boost For Tourism Across Victoria

Recreational fishers have the opportunity to explore regional Victoria and land a tagged fish worth up to $10,000 as part of the Golden Tag competition which aims to boost tourism across the state.

The competition has hit several key milestones, with over $444,000 awarded to 162 winners since the competition kicked off.

The state wide fishing competition has been extended to run through to midnight on 30 June 2024.

The Victorian Fisheries Authority started the Golden Tag competition in February 2020, successfully encouraging visitation to Gippsland and the state’s north-east as communities recovered from bushfires. It was later expanded state-wide to support regional businesses following Victoria’s lockdown restrictions.

There’s still ten $10,000 tagged fish that remain uncaught across Victoria. Gippsland remains a great option for fishers looking to get in on the action, with $10,000 bream, flathead and Australian bass yet to be caught.

Lake Eildon is home to a $10,000 Murray cod and golden perch, out west Rocklands Reservoir holds a cod carrying the major prize and in the state’s north $10,000 cod were tagged in Gunbower and Mullaroo creeks. In addition to the $10,000 tagged fish, around 500 tagged fish remain uncaught across Victoria with $2,000 tags.

Further information about the competition can be found on the VFA website.

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