Cod catch worth $1mil.

Southern Riverina news - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

It’s a prize catch for any an­gler, but catching a spe­cially tagged cod at the Mul­wala Cod Clas­sic next month could also po­ten­tially win you $1 mil­lion.

Be­lieved to be one of the largest pro­mo­tions at­tached to a fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion yet, the $1 mil­lion catch com­pe­ti­tion was re­cently launched by Aussie crick­et­ing leg­end and avid fish­er­man Merv Hughes.

All an­glers who take part in the Clas­sic — to be held Fri­day, De­cem­ber 4 to Sun­day, De­cem­ber 6 — will have a chance of claim­ing the prize.

An­glers are ex­pected to de­scend on the twin towns of Yar­ra­wonga and Mul­wala in their droves in search of ‘Phil’ the spe­cially tagged Cod.

The lucky an­gler who can to catch Phil will in­stantly win an Isuzu D-Max ute.

They then get a one-in-100 chance of choos­ing a cor­rect en­ve­lope off a board that con­tains the mil­lion dol­lar cheque.

‘‘I’ve been fish­ing this comp for 13 years now and love it,’’ Mr Hughes said.

‘‘It’s be­come mas­sive in that time and I wouldn’t miss it for quids.

‘‘I ac­tu­ally caught my first ever le­gal sized cod there last year and hope­fully I can find Phil this year; bring it on.’’

Cod Clas­sic event di­rec­tor Tony Ben­nett said the mas­sive prize has un­doubt­edly in­creased in­ter­est in this year’s event.

‘‘Never be­fore has there been such ex­cite­ment in the lead up to a Cod Clas­sic,’’ he said.

‘‘With the amaz­ing prize of a po­ten­tial one mil­lion dol­lars on of­fer for any­body who can catch Phil, fishos are get­ting pretty ex­cited.

‘‘Throw in a prize pool that to­tals in ex­cess of $150,000, in­clud­ing an Isuzu D-Max ute and seven boat­ing pack­ages, you would be crazy to miss it.’’

In its 16th year, the Cod Clas­sic cel­e­brates the open­ing to cod sea­son with a broad range of fes­tiv­i­ties.

De­signed for the fam­ily with all lev­els of fish­ing skills catered for, ev­ery­body has a chance of win­ning one of the many great prizes on of­fer whether fish­ing from boat or bank, us­ing ei­ther bait or lures.

The ma­jor­ity of prizes are ran­domly drawn, which means you don’t have to catch a fish to be a win­ner.

And those lucky enough to land a le­gal size Mur­ray Cod or Golden Perch go into ad­di­tional prize draws.

There are more than 1500 prizes for adults, and all ju­niors will re­ceive sev­eral prizes.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter for the event, go to www.cod­clas­sic.com.au.

Aussie cricket leg­end Merv Hughes and Mul­wala Cod Clas­sic event di­rec­tor Tony Ben­nett launch the $1 mil­lion catch com­pe­ti­tion for this year’s event.

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