With more than 3.5 million Australians who enjoy fishing annually for recreation and sport, there’s no doubt that Australia is big on fishing. One in every five Australians enjoy fishing and a massive percentage of all Australian households own fishing tackle.


Particularly amongst its male population fishing is a popular activity in Australia, which is often viewed as a time for fun, relaxation and a prime excuse for a boy’s weekend away. In addition to this it is also a famous activity for family holidays offering fun for the whole family irrespective of age.


Recreational fishing (also called sport fishing) on the other hand is the activity of fishing for competition Recreational fishing competitions such as fishing challenges are a new innovation in which fishermen compete for prizes as big as those offered at Euro Palace,  based on the total weight of a given species of fish caught within a predetermined time.


Popularly known as Australia’s biggest one-day fishing competition, because of thousands of hopeful participants who religiously enter the competition year after year, the Pirtek Fishing Challenge has been hosted annually since 2009. Held yearly for a good cause the fishing challenge is an Australia-wide competition that sees anglers fishing in support of Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.


Over the years the Pirtek Fishing Challenge has raised almost $650,000 for prostate cancer held late in March every year, the competition is open to anglers’ right across Australia with a total of twenty targeted species and $150,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs.


When planning to enter tournaments like the Pirtek Fishing Challenge there are loads of useful accessories available that may not be sold at marine dealerships that can improve the fishing experience and personal convenience. These include hydraulic jack plates primarily used for adjusting motor height to add speed and performance a good pair of polarized sunglasses, as well as hat to shade the face and neck, and a good sunscreen with an SPF of 30 for skin protection.


When it comes to doing well in a fishing challenge it is pivotal for participants to know that the lures, the rods, the reels, the boats, and fishing tools alone will not get you a win. Knowledge gained from experience and time spent on the water learning the patterns of the fish is the key to being successful when competing in a challenge.


Effective research and preparation before taking part in a fishing challenge is of utmost importance because no two lakes are exactly the same. Some are deep, some are shallow, some are clear and some are dirty. Pre fishing challenge research helps the professional angler know what must be done to win, and furthermore almost all top ranked professional anglers spend several days researching the fishing challenge waters before they even visit the area.


A massive role that fishing challenges play in Australia  is to showcase the country as a great destination for sport fishing, with affordable, accessible, diverse and high quality fishing opportunities for the population  and its visitors alike, it is also to help increase the number of youth and families participating in the sport of fishing