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Fishing the Wild: Northern Territory

A stunning new 15-episode online series is set to showcase extraordinary Territory landscapes and experiences to a global audience.

Fishing the Wild: Northern Territory was produced by Darwin production company Run for the Hills. It follows the adventures of Territorians Morgan Hartney and Hamish Simpson (Morgs and Simmo) as they scout out some of the NT’s best fishing spots while encountering a range of local characters and incredible wildlife along the way.

This series follows Fishing the Wild: North East Arnhem Land, which aired on 7Mate in 2015 and gathered an enthusiastic following of people from around Australia.

The new series will reach a global audience through YouTube, promoting what the Territory has to offer to millions of potential viewers.

The trailer, launched on YouTube on June 7, was viewed by more than 10,000 people in its first week.

From pristine beaches and incredible storms rolling in to mysterious billabongs, vast floodplains, untouched coral reefs and atolls surrounded by aquamarine waters, no landscape is left unexplored as the duo explores the place they have called home for decades.

A varied cast of extras includes Traditional Owners who share their traditional hunting methods, time out on the water with those who work in the fishing sector, and a range of Territorians who the pair interact with on their travels or through their daily lives.

Different episodes feature Territory businesses, including Wildcard Luxury Cruises, East Arnhem Fishing Adventures and the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel.

The producers received $143,000 in funding from the NT Government to help create the series.

The first episode airs on YouTube tomorrow, with a new episode weekly thereafter. It comes as the Bonus Season for Season 4 of the NT Government’s Million Dollar Fish Competition continues, with five red-tagged barra swimming in Territory waters and the first one caught worth $1 million.

The bonus season provides more ways for people to win and will continue until 30 September or until someone catches a red-tagged barra. Season 5 of the competition begins on 1 October 2019 and will run until 31 March 2020.