There’s 190,000 reasons to fish for the Golden Barra

2019 golden barra
Will McNee fishing in Lake Monduran earlier this year. Source: Facebook

The popular Bundaberg Toyota Golden Barra competition is back at Lake Monduran for the second year with this year’s prize pool swelling to over $190,000.

Hooking the elusive 2019 Golden Barra is worth a whopping $150,000 in prizes and there's nothing to lose with free entry for the competition.

The competition will run from 19 October to 19 February.

Lake Monduran Holiday Park operator Rob Howell said this year’s event was bigger and better, offering even more chances to win.

“Bundaberg Toyota, Bundaberg Marineland and Sea Jay have joined together to make up the top prize of a brand-new Toyota Landcruiser and Sea Jay boat package worth $150,000,” Rob said.

“With our coloured fish and tagged fish there are 10 chances to win this year.

“Thanks to Rapala there will also be monthly prize draws for the biggest non-tagged barra caught in Lake Monduran.”

He said the inaugural competition had been so successful that he had to bring it back for a second year.

“The Bundaberg Toyota Golden Barra was a hit with fishos last year,” Rob said.

“We had people from all over the country register for the chance to win.”

Coloured fish a rare sight

The 2019 Golden Barra

Rob said coloured barramundi were an extremely rare fish and the idea had been well received by the fishing community.

“We are Australia’s only fishing contest that has a unique-coloured golden barramundi as the major prize fish.

“We have decided to run the competition over the same three months because it is closed season along the east coast of Australia for Barramundi,” he said.

“It gives avid fishing enthusiasts the opportunity to legally come and fish for barra at Lake Monduran – not to mention the chance to walk away with some great prizes.”

Bundaberg Toyota dealer principal and owner Grahame Harriman said he was pleased to support the competition again after the great response it received last year.

“It is great for our region and, it helps all the associated recreational fishing community,” Grahame said.

“We are big supporters of the Bundaberg Region sponsoring school and sporting competitions – a lot of team events – and fishing is something that I am very passionate about.

“If you’re a keen fishing enthusiast or looking for a reason to get on the water, you may as well be in Lake Monduran trying to get first prize with Bundaberg Toyota Golden Barra which is worth $150,000 if caught.”

Competition lures visitors to Lake Monduran

Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey said the competition was set to be a great driver for fishing tourism in the region.

“Last year over 1500 fishing enthusiasts registered to take part in this fantastic competition,” Mayor Dempsey said.

“Council is proud to support initiatives like this that bring visitors to our beautiful region. These types of events provide a boost to our local economy.

“This unique competition will be a major boost for the Gin Gin community with an influx of visitors looking for a chance to hook the Bundaberg Toyota Golden Barra.

“If you haven’t already signed up, now is the time to do so to ensure you don’t miss out on striking gold at Lake Monduran!”

The Bundaberg Toyota Golden Barra competition runs until 19 February 2020, with registrations now open.

The 2019 Golden Barra prize list:

First prize – the Golden Barra:
$150,000 Bundaberg Toyota Landcruiser and Bundaberg Marineland and Sea Jay boat package

Second prize – last year’s Golden Barra:
$5000 Shimano prize package

Third prize – white barra:
$5000 Bundaberg Tackle World prize package

Fourth prize – tagged silver barra:
$5000 Master Cabinets prize package

Fifth prize – tagged silver barra:
$5000 Jackall Australia prize package

Sixth prize – tagged silver barra:
$5000 Wilson Fishing prize package

Seventh prize – tagged silver barra:
$5000 Sunstate Hobie prize package

Eighth prize – tagged silver barra:
$3000 Lake Monduran Holiday Parks prize package

Ninth prize – tagged silver barra:
$3000 Lucky Craft – EJ Todd prize package

Tenth prize – tagged silver barra:
$1000 Takalvans prize package

The 2019 Golden Barra competition will run from 19 October 2019 to 19 February 2020.

Anglers can fish anytime through this period over the three months.

To be eligible to claim the prizes, participants must register at prior to fishing.

For terms and conditions of entry head to the website.

Lake Monduran, near Gin Gin, is a well-known barra fishing destination that holds the current world record for the largest barra ever caught.