Welcome to the Mulloway Fishing Guide Victoria. Mulloway or the Jewfish are a prized catch that sits on the top of many Victorian anglers bucket lists. A stunning fish with a large mouth and distinctive silver or bronze colour. These big and powerful fish are found within the southern waters of Australia and with their size and strength command respect. It’s a difficult task at times to catch a prized mulloway and much patience, skill and dedication will be required. Often needing to fish through the night on peak tides and moon phases to land one. Jewfish are mainly caught in river mouths and estuary systems such as Barwon River, Mallacoota, Yarra River and Glenelg river. Mulloway is a predator that feeds on small fish,m squid and yabbies, therefore, they will take both bait and soft plastics.

Mulloway has the scientific name of Argyrosomus japonicus. They can grow well over a meter which is incredible for this strong fighting fish. They can reach up to 1.8 meters and 60 kilos. The minimum legal size is 60cm with a daily bag limit of 5 over legal size.



How to catch Mulloway

These days many anglers like to fish with light spinning outfits even when chasing Mulloway. For many fishing our local estuary systems, this may consist of a 2-5 kg, 3-6 kg or 4-8 kg rod paired with a 2500, 3000 or 4000 size reel. Traditionally anglers have fished much heavier for Mulloway using rods including 6-10 kg 10-15 kg or even 12-24 kg in the surf or strong current conditions. Paired with a 4000, 5000, 6000 or 8000 spin reel spooled with 20-50 pound line and equivalent leader.

Mulloway resides near river mouth entrances. They are often caught near structures such as bridges and pylons. Try to present your baits and lures as natural as possible or use live baits. Mulloway can be caught at any time of the day, but are most active at the night, during peak tides and moon phases. We have found that lures are quite productive during the day and bait more productive at night.

Landbase anglers should try to cover much ground and look for deeper pools to cast into. If you fishing from your boat keep a close eye on your sounder. After some practice, you will be able to identify them on your sounder confidently.

Recommended baits to catch Mulloway

Mulloway is a sizable predator that likes feeding on smaller fish within their environment. Therefore live baits is a top choice when targeting mulloway with the live bait carefully pinned behind the neck to allow the bait to swim freely or like a wounded fish. Staple easily accessible dead baits also work well on Mulloway. A running sinker rig to a single 5/0 – 8/0 hook or a double snelled hook to present the bait nicely. Recommended options include.

  • Live mullet
  • Squid Rings or squid head
  • Live salmon
  • Live squid
  • whole pilchard
  • Trevally
  • Garfish
  • Prawns

Recommended lures to catch Mulloway

Soft plastics between 80mm and 100mm are a great option. Good soft plastic colour choices include white pearl, motor oil and natural colours that resemble baitfish. Other good options include large hardbody lures, flick baits, shads, paddle tails and grubz. You can also purchase pre-made rigs and swimbaits which are designed to imitate a fish in its surroundings such as a mullet.

Best fishing locations to catch Mulloway

  • Glenelg River
  • Nelson River
  • Hopkins River
  • Maribyrnong river
  • Docklands
  • Lakes entrance
  • Portland
  • Port Phillip Bay
  • Western Port
  • Lorne
  • Anderson inlet
  • Lake Tyers

You can obtain a free Victorian recreational fishing guide from the Victorian Fisheries Authorities weblink


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