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Fishing for tags

Anglers across the state now have another year to try their luck at catching a Golden Tag fish worth up to $10,000, with the State Government announcing the competition is extended until December 31 ,2022.

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.

Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne said more than 950 tagged fish are still uncaught, swimming in waterways right across the state, including at Lake Eildon, the Goulburn and Ovens rivers in the north east, Lake Purrumbete in the south west and the Kings Billabong in the north west.

Tagged species include Murray cod, golden perch, rainbow and brown trout, southern bluefin tuna and yellowtail kingfish, flathead, bream, estuary perch, luderick, King George whiting, silver trevally, tailor and Australian bass.

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

The Golden Tag competition presents a great opportunity for locals to wet a line in their favourite spot close to home and encourage recreational fishing tourism, which has enormous economic benefits for communities.

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