IN A first for the area, a new recreational fishing competition will offer more than just big cash prizes.
The Riverina's first tagged fishing competition is now giving anglers a chance to reel in $30,000 in cash prizes.
With that prize pool up-for-grabs, the Murray Cod Reel of Fortune is the Riverina's promises to also not just be a good time, but it is designed to encourage local and visiting recreational anglers to wet a line in the rivers and creeks of the Murray-Darling Basin.
Organised and presented by Aquna Sustainable Murray Cod and the NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI), Murray Cod Reel of Fortune will see 10 legal-size, tagged Murray cod released into the Murrumbidgee River between Wagga and Hay.
According to Mat Ryan, managing director, Aquna, the competition is about generating a competitive spirit between recreational anglers.
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These anglers will have the chance to win one of 12 cash prizes, as well as the opportunity to give back to their favourite charity in the region.
"One of the important objectives is to create community goodwill," Mr Ryan said.
"While the major prize is a $10,000 catch, one fish is tagged for a lucky angler to win $5000, plus an additional $5000 to donate to the angler's charity of choice within the Murray-Darling Basin system.
Murray Cod Reel of Fortune is already officially underway, but don't worry if you haven't had a chance to get out onto the water just yet.
There's plenty of time to put a rod in and try your luck, with the competition open until August 31.
Freshwater fishing rules apply for Murray cod, as per the NSW DPI regulations.
Interested anglers can register at http://reeloffortune.aquna.com.
Aquna Sustainable Murray Cod produces premium, pond-grown Murray cod.
Based in the MIA, the business has a vertically- integrated approach for breeding, growing and supplying freshwater white-fleshed fish.