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2020 PIRTEK Fishing Challenge Recap

PIRTEK’s 12th annual Pirtek Fishing Challenge wrapped up this past March, with a massive 7,559 competitors joining in on the big day across our national shores, rivers and estuaries.

The world’s biggest single-day fishing event saw anglers all over Australia participate in a great catch-and-release fishing day for families and friends alike. The participants were also taking part to help raise awareness and funds to assist with research for the Peter Duncan Neurosciences Unit and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

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The competition involved anglers taking a photo of their best fish caught, laying it across the brag mat and uploading it for judging to determine the longest lengths, as well as lengths closest to the mystery lengths, across different target species. Entrants were able to compete for a share of the huge prize pool worth over $210,000 in cash and prizes.

Senior and Junior entrants also received a limited-edition cap, brag mat and sticker. This year, Junior competitors also received a packet of Berkley Powerbait Nemesis 3 inch, valued at $9.95 RRP.

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Prizes – in detail

There were 22 categories across the competition with each placing Senior and Junior first, second and third, plus a Senior Mystery Length prize of $4000 cash. See the full list of winners here: https://pirtekfishingchallenge.com.au/

Prize breakdown:

• Mystery Length - $4000 cash
• First place – $1500 in prizes
• Second place - $750 in prizes
• Third place – $545 in prizes
• Junior first place - $400 in prizes
• Junior second place - $200 in prizes
• Junior third place - $100 in prizes

PIRTEK appreciates the support of all sponsors for providing the cash and prizes to the winners: Berkley, Stacer, BCF, ABU Garcia, Spotters Shades, Evinrude, Valvoline, Lowrance and Snap-On Tools.

Target Species for each location:


No. Of Categories




Bream, Flathead, Leatherjacket, Tailor, Whiting



Barramundi, Whiting, Flathead, Trevally

SA / Southern WA


King George Whiting, Bream (all species)



Australian Salmon



Bream (all species), Flathead

Murray Darling Basin


European Carp, Golden Perch, Murray Cod. Redfin

TAS/Mountain Trout


Trout (brown and rainbow)

East Coast


Australian Bass

Top End


Barramundi, Trevally (all species)


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On the Water prize draw

As well as the main prize draw, 2020 continued the tradition of the On the Water prizes, which all competitors were automatically included in the prize draw. The prize draw was valued at over $46,000.

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There were 14 great prizes to be won including:

• Stacer 469 Outlaw Tiller Steer BMT package with Evinrude
E-tec 75hp outboard engine. RRP $31,990
• 2 x Snap-On Tools tool kits. RRP $2638
• Lowrance Hook2 12-inch Fishfinder. RRP $2049
• Berkley Tackle Pack. RRP $2000
• 8 x Snap-On Tools tool kit. RRP $614
• Valvoline product pack. RRP $500

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PIRTEK would like to thank all competitors who took part in the 2020 Pirtek Fishing Challenge this year and we look forward to next year’s event!

14th April 2020
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