Local angler cashes in with culvert catch through Million Dollar Fish S5

Territorian Jethro Kahler has become the fifth fisherman to win big through BetEasy’s Million Dollar Fish Season 5 competition.

The $10,000 prized-catch was caught in a culvert in the Adelaide River catchment, where Mr Kahler and his friend were fishing on Monday night.

Despite the 87cm fish not carrying a $1 million price tag, the Herbert resident said he would put the cash towards vehicle repairs and purchasing a new car.

Mr Kahler said he was relieved to verify the $10,000 fish, after reeling in an ineligible red-tagged Season 3 Barra prior to the competition beginning.

“I’m going to put the cash towards repairs for my friend’s car and upgrading mine,” he said.

“I’ve been fishing up here for 11 years – I absolutely love it.”

Northern Territory Major Events Company General Manager Tim Watsford said it was fantastic to see another local reel in a red-tagged fish.

“I’d like to congratulate Jethro Kahler on reeling in the prized-catch, our fourth $10,000 red-tagged fish for Season 5,” he said.

“There’s still time to catch the Million Dollar Fish, so I would encourage locals and visitors alike to register and experience the world-class fishing the Northern Territory has to offer.”

BetEasy Strategic Partnerships Manager Brad Fanning said the chances of catching a Million Dollar Fish have never been better in Season 5.

“There are still 94 $10,000 Barra, six $1 million fish and 19 charity tags swimming in Northern Territory waterways, so I would encourage anglers to try their luck at reeling in a tagged fish as soon as possible before the Season finishes,” he said.

In Season 5 of the Million Dollar Fish competition, 121 Barramundi have been tagged and released across the Territory including 100 carrying $10,000 cash prize tags and a further 20 $5,000 purple-tagged Barra.

For the first time in the competition, Season 5 has a staggering six prize-tagged Barramundi worth $1 million each, including a Season 5 tagged Million Dollar Fish and an additional five Barra with $1 million prize tags from Seasons 1 to 4.

Season 5 of the Million Dollar Fish competition runs from 1 October 2019 to 31 March 2020.

To be in the running to win a prized-tagged fish, register for the competition at www.milliondollarfish.com.au.

Participants will also go into the draw for more than $30,000 worth of prizes from Anaconda, Bigfish Gear, Engel, Shimano and Holidays of Australia and the World.