General Rules

Here are the general rules of the Pirtek Fishing Challenge.

  • Register for the Pirtek Fishing Challenge here.
  • After you have registered, a limited edition Fishing Challenge cap and Fishing Challenge brag mat will be posted to you.
  • You will receive your unique Angler Number via email at the time of registration.
  • The list of target species is available here.
  • On Friday, 19 April 2024 (after 6.00 pm) you will be sent via email a repeat list of the target species plus your Angler Number and the Codeword. You can also log on to the website to download this information.
  • Anglers may fish between the official sunrise time and sunset time in their State/Territory on Saturday 20 April 2024, and Sunday 21 April 2022. Official sunrise and sunset times can be found at
  • No Lines in water prior to the official sunrise time (State/Territory of the competitor) and all lines out of the water at the official sunset time (State/Territory of the competitor).
  • Be sure to read the terms and conditions
  • When you catch your target species simply lay the live fish with the nose in line with the “0” (zero) measurement on the Pirtek brag mat.
  • Photograph the fish so the entire length can be seen in the photograph along with your Angler Number and the Codeword.
  • Check out the Photographing Your Fish page for information on how to correctly photograph your catch.
  • Remember to write your Angler Number and Codeword CLEARLY in the white box provided on the brag mat.
  • Check your photograph to ensure the whole fish is in the photograph and the nose end of the fish is in line with the “0” (zero) measurement and the overall length along with the Angler Number and Codeword is clearly visible.
  • Your catch must be photographed on a PFC 2024 brag mat.
  • If you do not receive your brag mat before the competition, you may measure and photograph your fish using another competitors PFC 2024 mat that shows your Angler Number and the Codeword.
  • Please use a piece of white cardboard with black marker to clearly write your Angler Number and Codeword.
  • No other measuring mat is permitted; your catch must be photographed on a PFC 2024 brag mat.
  • In the event your brag mat does not arrive in time for the competition you must gain express permission from the event organisers to use an alternate mat. Click here for details.
  • If you are not happy with the photograph, simply take another one.
  • Quickly release the fish and try to catch a bigger one.
  • Only a fish caught by the registered angler can be entered.
  • Any photograph that shows a fish not alive or damaged will not be accepted.
  • Photographs of competition fish must be taken in daylight hours.
  • Photos taken in the dark or with a flash will be excluded from the competition.
  • Any photograph which has undergone digital manipulation, i.e., photoshop, will be disqualified.
  • You can upload one photograph per target species in a chosen category or categories. For example, a Queensland competitor may decide to target three QLD State species. They would be eligible to upload THREE photographs for judging. ONE of each target species.
  • Only one photograph will be accepted for each target species per competitor. If you upload more than one photograph of a target species only the first photograph received will be judged by the panel.
  • Follow the directions on the website to upload your photograph.
  • The upload needs to be complete by 7.00 am (your local State/Territory time), Monday, 22 April 2024.
  • Any photographs uploaded after this time will not be accepted.
  • If your photograph is damaged, blurry or the overall measurement of your fish is not clearly visible with your Angler Number and Codeword the photograph will be disqualified.
  • Check the website on Saturday 27 April 2024 to see if you’re a winner.
  • The National Fishing Challenge committee’s decision will be final and no correspondence entered into.

PFC Pep Talk

On the Reel Action podcast, Guesty and Jono talk about everything PFC.

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From the target species, the general rules, the DO’s, the DONT’s and everything in-between!

There’s even some of the tips and tricks for increasing your chances to win. Plus, we get a first-hand account of why the PFC is so important.