Anglers from across Australia flocking to the world’s biggest fishing competition
Monday 26 February 2018: Australians across all states and territories are being encouraged to prepare their fishing gear for the 2018 PIRTEK Fishing Challenge. The Challenge is a major fundraising initiative that helps to raise funds for Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) and awareness of the disease. More than 16,000 men are diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in Australia every year.
PIRTEK has been partners with PCFA since 2009 to help raise vital funds for prostate cancer research, awareness initiatives and support programs by hosting Australia’s biggest single day fishing competition.
The challenge is also a major fundraising partner for the Peter Duncan Neurosciences Research Unit.
This year’s challenge will take place on Sunday 18 March 2018. The organisers have released the target list of 25 species nationally to allow all anglers time to plan their fishing trips.
The 11 sections and their target species are as follows:
ACT/NSW: Tailor, Flathead, Bream, Whiting, Leatherjacket.
QUEENSLAND: Barramundi, Whiting, Flathead
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Tommy Rough, King George Whiting
TASMANIA: Australian Salmon, Brown or Rainbow Trout
VICTORIA: Bream (all species), Flathead
WA (SOUTH): Bream (Black/Yellowfin), Australian Salmon
TOP END: Barramundi, Trevally (all species)
MURRAY DARLING BASIN: European Carp, Golden Perch, Murray Cod (no bait, lure fishing only)
GREAT DIVIDING RANGE: Rainbow or Brown Trout
EAST COAST: Bass
OPEN: Snapper and Yellow Tail Kingfish
The challenge is an online national fishing competition open to all ages and experience levels. All competitors receive a limited edition cap, brag mat and sticker, along with a redemption voucher for a bottle of PIRTEK Protect – lanolin grease which has been designed specifically for the marine and fishing industry. It can be redeemed at any one of the 97 PIRTEK outlets around Australia (find locations at www.pirtek.com.au).
The fishing hours on Sunday March 18 are 6.00am till 6.00pm competitors need to fish for their chosen species, photograph their catch on the brag mat with their angler number and upload the photo to the website for judging.
This year, the Challenge is offering a record $210,000 in cash and prizes. Just by entering, all registered participants will be in the running to win a boat, outboard and trailer package valued at over $29,000 courtesy of Stacer/ Evinrude. Along with two $5000 Snap On Tool chests, $2000 worth of Berkley/ABU Garcia fishing tackle, a $2000 Lowrance Hook2 12 Sonar/ GPS, $1700 BCF spending spree and a Valvoline oils and lube pack. Spotter sunglasses are also supplying their awesome polarized eye wear.
One of the big attractions of the challenge is the $90,000 in cash supplied by Pirtek Fluid Systems and divided across the 25 target fish nationally. This is awarded via a “mystery length” a secret measurement determined by the event organizers.
Michael Guest, Event Director, says the challenge is designed to allow people of all ages and experiences to get involved and enjoy a day outdoors.
“It doesn’t matter whether you are an experienced angler or picking up a rod for the first time. The PIRTEK Fishing Challenge is all about getting together with your friends and family, having fun and supporting our charity partners,” said Michael.
“Prostate cancer continues to affect thousands of families each year, and sadly almost every Australian knows someone who is affected by the disease. The PIRTEK team and I will continue to do all we can to give PCFA and The Peter Duncan Neurosciences Research Unit the support they need.”
For more information and to register visit www.pirtekfishingchallenge.com.au
Registrations cost $25.00, plus postage and handling.