Golden tag competition
Win $10,000 and help fire affected communities in Victoria
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.
Due to the devastating bushfire season Victoria's experiences, these communities have been doing it tough through January with visitor numbers down substantially during what is normally their busiest time of the year.
We want to get recreational fishers of all abilities back to East Gippsland and the north east with their families and friends, spending money and helping local communities get back on their feet.
Details and rules
When does the competition start?
The competition will begin in the coming months, dependent on conditions in bushfire affected areas, with a start date to be set in consultation with Visit Victoria. We still have areas that are closed to public access and active fires so will be waiting till all areas are safe to access.
We will publish the dates via our social media channels and on this page once they are set.
How long will the competition go for?
The competition will run for 12 months from the official start date of the competition.
When will you start tagging fish?
The VFA has commenced tagging and will complete this task over the coming weeks prior to the competition start.
What species will be tagged?
In East Gippsland, black bream, dusky flathead, tailor and King George whiting will be tagged. In the North East, keep an eye out for Murray cod, brown trout and rainbow trout.
Where are the tagged fish?
They’ll be around communities including:
- Cann River
- Bemm River
- Lakes Entrance
- Lake Tyers
- Mitta Mitta
How do the prizes work?
To win one of the prizes up for grabs, you'll need to catch a fish with a golden tag and report the details of your catch, with photo evidence, to the Victorian Fisheries Authority (see ‘how do I claim a prize’ below). 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.
How do I claim a prize?
If you catch a tagged fish, first record the fish’s length. 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), then 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, and provide your name, contact details, tag number, species of fish, waterway, location the fish was caught and overall length.
Do I have to keep my fish to claim a prize?
No, you’re welcome to catch and release if you wish, or if the fish is undersize or oversize (dusky flathead and Murray Cod). Before releasing your catch, take a photo of the fish with the tag still in place. Also make sure you take a secondary close-up photo of the tag which clearly shows the number. Don’t forget to remove the tag from the fish prior to release as well!