Teen Reels in Million-Dollar Fish in Australian River

Imagine a casual fishing trip transforming your life. That’s exactly what happened to Australian teenager Keegan Payne when he snagged a barramundi worth a cool $1 million. Payne, along with his sister and friend, were fishing the Katherine River early Sunday morning when their catch turned extraordinary. This wasn’t your average fish; it was part of the Northern Territory’s “Million Dollar Fish” campaign, a tourism-boosting initiative that releases tagged barramundi (affectionately known as “barras”) with varying prize values.

While Payne initially thought he’d landed a catfish, his quick-witted sister spotted the red tag, marking the start of their celebrations. “We were freaking out,” Payne shared, “We nearly crashed the boat getting back to the ramp!”

Payne’s 26-inch barramundi was the first to sport the coveted million-dollar tag in the competition’s nine-year history. Sportsbet, the event’s sponsor, promptly awarded him the life-changing sum.

This windfall couldn’t have come at a better time for Payne’s large family. He plans to invest in a new boat and help his parents pay off their mortgages, forever changing their lives thanks to a lucky cast.

The “Million Dollar Fish” competition has released over 100 tagged barramundi across various waterways in the Northern Territory. While the million-dollar prize has been claimed, the remaining tagged fish still hold the potential for a $10,000 reward, making every cast an exciting possibility.

Payne’s story is a testament to the unexpected opportunities that fishing can bring. So, grab your rod, cast your line, and who knows, you might just reel in your own life-altering prize.

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