Season 1 winner gets himself another $10k barra

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ONE lucky or talented Top End resident has reeled in his second $10k barra in as many seasons in the Northern Territories Million Dollar Fish campaign.

Kurt Baumann, the latest winner, also took home $10,000 last year during the inaugural campaign.

Baumann, a local youth worker, caught the fourth $10k prize-tagged barramundi while out fishing solo in his own backyard; where he lives on the Daly River.

The 32-year old, whose catch was 72cm when tagged, was also one of 10 Million Dollar Fish Season One winners, taking his total prize winnings from the competition to $20k so far.

“I wasn’t sure the barra was a winner at first, so I kept on fishing for around 20 minutes before checking for the tag. When I saw it, I got really excited and called my partner straight away. I wondered if I was seeing clearly,” Baumann said.

Baumann, who goes fishing around twice a week, said he’d entered the competition to have “a bit of fun with the boys,” as some friendly family rivalry.

“We thought we’d see who could catch a winning barra first. I love fishing in the Territory, because of the great scenery and warm weather – it’s a good way to bond with the family.”

When asked how he would spend his winnings, Baumann said, “I spent last year’s $10k on paying off bills and fixing up his car, so I’ll see what my partner thinks – she may want to go shopping!”

Kurt’s tips for catching a prize-tagged barra are to use soft plastics, and to get involved!

“There are more chances to win this year, with more fish in the water. You never know, I may win a third,” he said.

The fish are among the 101 prize-tagged barramundi released in Top End waters on October 1 for the campaign. While one of these fish is worth $1 million, 100 of them carry a $10,000 prize tag – leaving 97 prize barramundi still at large.

For more information or to register head to the Million Dollar Fish website.

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