Monday, March 01, 2021 11:19 PM

Australians across all states and territories are being encouraged to prepare their fishing gear for the 2021 PIRTEK Fishing Challenge.

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 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 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.

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Anglers from across Australia are looking forward to the world’s biggest fishing competition.

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 and Alzheimer’s, and other neurological infections and stroke.

Proceeds from the Pirtek Fishing Challenge will be split between these two leading medical research organisations.

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 with junior competitors receiving a bonus packet of Berkley soft plastics.

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Competing anglers can look the part by purchasing from the extensive range of merchandise available on the website, including fishing shirts, t-shirts, neck buffs, shorts, broadbrim hats and head torches.

There are big changes to the 2021 Fishing Challenge format.

This year’s challenge will be a two-day event taking place on Saturday and Sunday April 17 and 18.  After 12 successive years of being a single day Sunday format the event has expanded to cover the whole weekend allowing competitors to fish one or two days, depending on their schedule.  

Another key change for this year is multiple photo uploads.  In the past competitors have only be allowed to enter one photograph in the competition.  This year each angler can upload one photograph per target species.

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

There are 22 target species nationally covering all States and Territories both fresh and saltwater.

This year, the Challenge is offering a record $240,000 in cash and prizes.

Just by registering, all competitors are automatically entered in the On The Water prize draw where they will be in the running to win a boat, motor and trailer package valued at over $36,000 courtesy of Stacer; and other great prizes courtesy of our corporate partners, Berkley, ABU Garcia, BCF, Lowrance, Valvoline, Snap-On, JBL and Mako Eyewear.

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There are some great deals for multiple entries; including corporate registrations and family entries for $99 (two seniors and three juniors).

One of the big attractions of the Challenge is the $88,000 in cash supplied by Pirtek and divided across the 22-target fish nationally. This is awarded via a “mystery length”, a secret measurement determined by the event organizers.

Michael Guest, Event Director, commented, “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.”

For more information and to register visit Registrations cost $25.00, plus postage and handling.

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Whether you’re fishing with your family, friends or best mate the Fishing Challenge is always a great weekend.