Golden tag frequently asked questions

When does the competition start?

The competition will begin on 1 March, dependent on conditions in bushfire affected areas. 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.

Will this competition be running during the Easter holidays?

Yes, we are aiming to have it up and running by 1 March 2020.

What if I catch a tagged fish outside of the official competition dates?

Fish caught prior or after the start and completion dates will not win the angler a cash prize. We will, however, provide a special Target One Million merchandise pack for any recaptures of fish outside of the competition period.

Note that fishers will be expected to sign a statutory declaration that they have caught the fish in line with the terms and conditions.

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.

How does the tagging work?

In most areas we'll be tagging fish from already existing populations within healthy waterways, that have had minimal impacts from the fires. These fish will be caught, tagged and then released for recapture by a lucky fisher. Some fish may be stocked in certain lakes and impoundments (e.g. trout).

Where can I catch the tagged fish?

They’ll be around communities including Mallacoota, Cann River, Bemm River, Orbost, Marlo, Lakes Entrance, Lake Tyers, Omeo, Dartmouth, Mitta Mitta, Corryong, Tallangatta and Bright.

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 and remember to remove the tag. Also make sure you take a secondary close-up photo of the tag which clearly shows the number.

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.

Can you win more than once?

The $10,000 prize will be limited to one per individual, however the $2,000 prize can be won multiple times.

Can spearfishers get involved?

Yes, provided they’re in areas where spearfishing is permitted and carefully follow the rules and regulations. Spearfishers will also need to provide a greater level of detail when reporting their tag to prove their fish was caught via legitimate methods, in a permitted location (e.g. photos that show the speared fish with tag and the exact location it was caught – GPS coordinates would help.)

Read up on the rules for spearfishing here.

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”.