Drop a line and score a golden tag

Lucky catch: Enjoy a fish at Eildon or along the Goulburn River and you may catch yourself a fish worth up to $10,000 thanks to the Golden Tag competition. Photo by G-MW

Anglers have another year to try their luck at catching a golden tag fish worth up to $10,000, with the popular competition extended until December 31.

Launched in February 2020 to encourage visitation to Gippsland and the state's north-east following the season's devastating bushfires, the competition was later expanded statewide to support local businesses following pandemic restrictions.

Victorian Fishing and Boating Minister Melissa Horne said more than 950 tagged fish were still uncaught, swimming in waterways right across the state, including at Lake Eildon and the Goulburn and Ovens rivers.

Tagged species include Murray cod, golden perch and rainbow and brown trout.

The majority of fish are worth $2000, however, there are still a number of $10,000 fish up for grabs.

"Victorians are back on the road and exploring the best our state has to offer — this includes the countless fishing opportunities,“ Ms Horne said.

"The extension of the Golden Tag competition will ensure this continues.

"By extending this competition, we can continue contributing to improved tourist rates and regional economies across Victoria, while also encouraging more people to go fishing, more often."

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