Tate Gowan with his prized catch.

Catch of a lifetime in Fish ‘n SIP$ comp

An Anzac Day flick around Lake Tinaroo paid off in spades for a 17-year-old Atherton Tablelands fisho in the second edition of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Fish ‘n SIP$ tagged fishing competition, in partnership with the Freshwater Fishing and Stocking Association of Queensland.

Tate Gowan from Tolga southwest of Cairns reeled in a 92cm barramundi on April 25, netting the $20,000 first prize, as well as a bonus $6250 for the first fish caught at Tinaroo.

“I fish at Tinaroo several times a week and have caught well over 150 barra out of the dam over the past couple of years,” Tate said.

“The largest was last year at the inaugural Ash Memorial Fishing Competition, where I won the largest barra at 125cm.

“While this one didn’t go as big as that, it’s now my most memorable!”

The $10,000 second prize was then claimed on May 5 when southeast Queensland man Matthew Taylor snared a bass at Wyaralong Dam in the Scenic Rim region.

Matthew also claims an additional $6250 for catching the first eligible fish in that impoundment, which is one of the new additions to the SIP$ competition this year.

The 2024 Fish ‘n SIP$ competition has built on the massive response to last year’s edition by extending this year’s event to three new fishing spots – Wyaralong, Leslie Dam and most recently Baroon Pocket Dam.

Matthew Taylor and his prize-winning catch.


Fisheries Queensland has partnered with the Freshwater Fishing and Stocking Association of Queensland and InfoFish teams to tag and release 20 fish in each of the eight impoundments now included in this competition.

Fisheries Queensland executive director Dallas D’Silva said, “I’m thrilled for Tate – what a cracking catch!”

“Not a bad little pay day either.

“It’s also great to hear that a new addition to the competition has already given joy to one lucky fisher.

“For all the other fishers, never fear – there’s still $57,500 in prize money to be claimed across the eight impoundments,” Mr D’Silva said.

“So, grab a Stocked Impoundment Permit and join in the fun while supporting our world-class fisheries, which contribute $333 million to the Queensland economy each year.”

Tagged fish must be caught and reported by November 30, 2024 to be eligible.

Lake Tinaroo, located on the Atherton Tablelands, continues to steal the limelight in the competition, having accounted for nine of the fish across both competitions so far.

A total of $48,000 in prize money was claimed from 13 catches across four dams during the inaugural competition.

For more information on the competition and how to buy a SIP, download the free Qld Fishing 2.0 app or visit

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