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Starlight Foundation a Reel Winner After First Ever Charity Fish Caught

An overnight fishing session on Darwin Harbour has landed a local fisho the first ever purple-tagged $5,000 charity barra.

Darwin River man, Brad Tyquin reeled in the lucky fish while fishing with a mate for Black Jewfish at Middle Arm. 

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss encouraged fishos to check their catch closely for red and purple Season Four Million Dollar Fish tags. 

Darwin Star Ball committee member, James Herraman thanked the lucky fisherman for choosing the Starlight Children’s Foundation as the charity of choice, supporting sick kids in RDH and ASH. 

Season Four of the Million Dollar Fish competition commenced on 1 October 2018, with more chances than ever to catch a $1 million fish. 

In this year’s competition, the number of $1 million fish has been increased to five, which is expected to reel in fishing fanatics to the Territory and give a boost to tourism and local tourism operators and create jobs.

The new category has 20 fish with purple tags, worth $2,500 cash to the angler plus $2,500 to a Territory based charity.

Those looking to come to the Territory and catch a Million Dollar Fish can register for free on and book a holiday to the Territory today.

For information on Territory fishing regulations and best practice catch and release methods, download the free Northern Territory (NT) Fishing Mate app on your smart phone.

Quotes from the Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss

“I’m delighted to see the first $5,000 charity prize go off and I’d like to offer my congratulations to Brad and the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

“There are 20 charity barra located in easily accessible locations throughout the Territory. We hope that this is the first of many to go off this season.

“The Million Dollar Fish competition is a great initiative that has helped to boost the Territory’s reputation as the best place in the world to stay, play and fish and lure more visitors to the Territory.

“Timed to grow visitor numbers to the Top End during our low season from October to February. Anglers are encouraged to travel with their families and enjoy the unique tourism moments and our beautiful landscapes.”

Quotes from BetEasy Strategic Partnership Manager, Brad Fanning 

“We’ve placed these charity fish in really accessible locations and we’d like to see them caught.

“We are delighted with the inclusion of charity fish into the competition and to see money flowing to charities like the Starlight Foundation is very pleasing indeed.

“We hope that all of our competition registrants get out there in very popular fishing spots and bag a purple tagged barra to raise funds for Territory-based charities.” 

Quotes from Brad Tyquin

“We couldn’t believe it when we saw the tag. I’ll be going halves in the winning share with my mate and I’ll probably but some new fishing gear to replace the lures my missus keeps losing,” Brad said. 

“We’ve chosen the Starlight Foundation as the charity. It’s nice to know this might help a few sick kids get better so they can hopefully get out and catch a few fish. 

“We sign up for Million Dollar Fish each year but never actually thought we’d get one.” 

Quotes from Darwin Star Ball committee member, James Herraman

“We’re very privileged to be selected considering the calibre of the other charities involved in the competition.

“We’d like to thank Tourism NT and BetEasy for introducing the charity component to the Million Dollar Fish competition, it just adds that little bit extra to the competition and we are thrilled to be involved. 

“BetEasy has been a very long and generous supporter of the Starlight Children’s Foundation in the Territory through their support of the Darwin Star Ball. 

“All monies raised by the Darwin Star Ball and initiatives throughout the year go directly into NT programs including the Starlight Room at Royal Darwin Hospital and Alice Springs Hospital, and community visits across the Territory. This will brighten the lives of sick and seriously ill children in the NT.”

Media contact: Trish Grimshaw 0401 119 242