Target Species

So you can get your mates and family together and plan your fishing trip early, this year we’re announcing the list of target species ahead of time.

State/RegionTarget Species
East Coast FreshwaterBass
Great Dividing RangeTrout (Rainbow and Brown)
Murray-Darling BasinEuropean Carp
Murray-Darling BasinGolden Perch
Murray-Darling BasinMurray Cod (no bait, only lure fishing permitted)
Murray-Darling BasinRedfin
NSW/ACTBream
NSW/ACTFlathead
NSW/ACTLeatherjacket (all species excluding Chinamen and Unicorn)
NSW/ACTTailor
NSW/ACTWhiting
QLDBarramundi
QLDFlathead
QLDTrevally (all species)
QLDWhiting
SAKing George Whiting
SATommy Ruff
TASAustralian Salmon
TASTrout (Rainbow and Brown)
Top EndBarramundi
Top EndTrevally (all species)
VICBream (all species)
VICFlathead
WA SouthAustralian Salmon
WA SouthBream (Black, Yellow Fin and Pikey)

NSW: Leatherjacket. All species of Leatherjack, with the exception of ‘Chinamen Leatherjacket’ and ‘Unicorn’ are eligible. ‘Chinamen Leatherjacket’, as shown in the photo, and ‘Unicorn’ are excluded.

Chinamen Leatherjacket

Please remember:

  • Competitor angler numbers and a repeat list of target species will be available from the website and also via email on Saturday, 16 March, 2019 after 6.00 pm AEDT.
  • Anglers living in the ACT are part of the Murray Darling Basin and Great Dividing Range categories so you can either fish one of these or travel to the coast for the saltwater fish in NSW.
  • You must correctly photograph your catch to be eligible for judging. Please check out our guidelines.
  • Competing anglers will commence fishing 0600 hours on Sunday, 17 March, 2019 and cease fishing at 1800 hours on Sunday, 17 March, 2019.
  • No lines in water prior to 0600 hours on Sunday, 17 March, 2019 and all lines out of the water at 1800 hours on Sunday, 17 March, 2019.
  • Photographs must be of a live fish (no exceptions).
  • As per State Fisheries regulations all noxious/pest fish chosen as a target species are to be photographed on the brag mat then dispatched by a sharp blow to the head or placed in an ice slurry. The fish should be disposed of in an appropriate waste bin.

For more information, check out Your Challenge and Photographing Your Fish. And the full rules of the Challenge can be found in our Terms and Conditions.

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