Season 8 of Australia’s richest fishing competition, Million Dollar Fish, has been the biggest ever and, with just hours to go to the end of the season, ecstatic Borroloola resident Asman Rory has landed a $10,000 barra.
Asman went night fishing on Wednesday to catch a meal for his family at his favourite secret spot near the McArthur River Crossing. He ended up hooking the 90cm winning fish, which is the 20th fish of Season 8.
With a fading torch battery, Asman didn’t realise he had bagged a $10,000 barra until hours later when he ran into some friends who started inspecting his catch. They pointed out the tag. Asman wasn’t convinced it was a winning tag until he scratched back the algae and saw it was indeed red.
With adrenaline pumping, Asman called his partner to share the good news, before racing home to celebrate in person. He hopes to use the money to buy a car for his family.
Asman chose Shoreline, an education program that provides career pathways for young Indigenous Australians, to receive his $1000 charity donation.
Season 8 has seen the largest amount of money given out in the history of Million Dollar Fish, which is delivered by Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC) and underwritten by SportsBet. In total, 20 winning fishos have shared $230,000.
Although all $10,000 fish cease to be active at 11.59pm tonight, there’s still time to become a millionaire, with all nine fish carrying tags worth a million bucks eligible to be caught year-round. To claim any cash, you MUST be registered for Million Dollar Fish Season 8. Registrations close at 11.59pm tonight.