Pirtek fishing challenge 2024

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Australia’s Biggest National Fishing Challenge

Saturday and Sunday April 20 and 21, 2024

Tuesday 24 January 2024:

If you love wetting a line, then you’re not alone! Fishing is Australia’s biggest recreational sport with more than 3.4million keen anglers fishing every year. It will soon be time to sort out your tackle box ready for this year’s 2024 PIRTEK Fishing Challenge.

The Challenge is an online national fishing competition open to all ages and experience levels. Competitors receive a limited-edition cap, brag mat and sticker with junior competitors receiving a bonus packet of Berkley soft plastics.

This year’s Challenge will be held over two days on Saturday and Sunday April 20 and 21.  

Competitors will fish for their favourite species, photograph their catch on the brag mat with their angler number and codeword clearly visible; then upload the photos to the website for judging.

The Challenge is a major fundraising initiative assisting to raise funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA).  More than 19,500 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in Australia every year.

PIRTEK has partnered with PCFA since 2009 helping to raise vital funds for prostate cancer research, awareness initiatives and support programs by hosting Australia’s biggest fishing competition.

The Challenge is also a major fundraising partner for the Peter Duncan Neurosciences Research Unit, which has recently been lauded as the number one Neuroscience Research facility in Australia.  

The focus of the Unit is to study adult stem cells and their role in causing and exacerbating neurological diseases. The goal is to find and apply new neuroscience techniques for patients suffering from diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, along with other neurological conditions and stroke.

There are 24 target species nationally covering all States and Territories both fresh and saltwater.

This year, the Challenge is offering an amazing $300,000 in cash and prizes!!

PIRTEK together with Berkley, BCF, Stacer, ABU Garcia, Lowrance, Valvoline, Sea-Doo, Club Marine, Mako Eyewear,Mercury, Paw Pantry and Oz Trail have delivered a fantastic prize pool for this year’s competition. 

Anglers who submit photos of their cracking catches on the PFC brag mat are in line for some incredible prizes including:

Fishing gear from leading manufacturers Berkley and ABU Garcia, both brands synonymous with the best in fishing tackle.

Marine electronics are always a popular prize and Lowrance are supplying their cutting-edge sounder/GPS units.

Valvoline are on deck ready to keep things rolling with their leading-edge lubricants.

BCF have the junior prize winners covered and ready to “gear up for the outdoors” with instore gift cards.

Take your fishing to the next level with Mako Polarized Sunglasses designed in Australia for our extreme conditions.

PIRTEK are keeping all competitors in the hunt with twenty-four $2000 cash mystery length prizes along with a second $1700 mystery length totalling $88,800.  The mystery lengthsare awarded in each category for the fish measuring closest to a secret measurement determined by the event organizers. These lengths are generally of an average sized fish giving everyone the opportunity to win.

Thanks to our fantastic partners we have a $125,000 On theWater prize draw proving you don’t have to catch big to win big!

Prizes include:

A cracking Stacer 469 Outlaw side console boat motor trailer package with 75hp Mercury outboard, Lowrance sounder and 12 months Club Marine insurance.  Valued at $50,643.
Get ready for some fast fishing with a Sea-Doo Fish Pro Scout including trailer and 12 months Club Marine insurance.  Valued at $23,157
The Club Marine Tinnie which features a Stacer 389 Territory Striker, 25hp tiller steer boat/motor/trailerpackage. Valued at $19,210
Paw Pantry have joined the challenge this year and have provided another Stacer 389 Territory Striker, 25hp tiller steer bpat/motor/trailer package. Valued at $19,210
If you love camping then this ones a cracker with our mates at OZ Trail giving away an amazing Canning Roof Top Tent Valued at $4699.99
Find more fish with a Lowrance HDS9 Pro sounder and GPS unit.  Valued at $3,899
$2000 Berkley/ABU Garcia tackle packs to make any fishos day.
How about a year’s supply of petfood form Paw Pantry. Maximum value $1700.
Valvoline kit to keep you lubricated Valued at $500
Look the part and improve your fishing with a Mako Sunglasses pack Valued at $350.

Promotion authorized under NSW TP/01590 and ACT TP 23/02750.Residents from South Australia are not eligible to enter the On the Water prize draw.

PIRTEK COO, Mark Devitt, commented, “I’m amazed to see the growth of the Challenge over the last 16 years.  As an organization we are very proud of continuing to build a bigger and better event every year. Seeing our wonderfully committed competitors having a great time over the Challenge weekend really drives home what the competition is all about.”

Michael Guest, Event Director, commented, “The Challenge is a cracking opportunity to catch up with friends and familyfor a weekend of fishing. Let’s face it, supporting our two very worthy charity partners while wetting a line is a greatway to spend a couple of days. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an experienced angler or picking up a rod for the first time we would love to see record numbers enter the competition this year”

Competing anglers can look the part by purchasing from the extensive range of merchandise available on the website, including fishing shirts, tshirts, neck buffs, shorts, spray jackets and broadbrim hats.

For more information and to register visit

Registrations cost $30.00, plus postage and handling.



Apr 20 - 21 2024


Between sunrise and sunset
All Day



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