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 predator that feed on small fish,m squid and yabbies, therefore, they will take both bait and soft plastics.
Mulloway has a 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.
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How to catch Mulloway
Choosing a Mulloway outfit Recommended gear to target Mulloway 6-10, 8-12, 10-15 or 12-24 kilo rod paired with a 4000-10000 spin reel spooled with 20-50 pound line and equivalent leader. You can opt for a heavier outfit such as a 10-15 kilo rod paired with a 6000-20000 size reel. Some good options include the Penn Slammer, Shimano Saragosa, Daiwa Saltist, Daiwa Saltiga or Shimano Stella spooled with 20 to 50-pound line.
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 your 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 sizable predators that like 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
- Live salmon
- live whiting
- live squid
- whole pilchard
- whole squid
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 surrounding such as a mullet.
- Daiwa Bait Junkie 7 inch Jerk Shad
- Daiwa Bait Junkie 5 inch Jerk Shad
- Zerek fish trap
- Kietech swim impact fat
- Squidges biotough grub
- Samaki Vibelicious
- Zman diesel minnows
- Zman streakz curl tails
- Croaker lures
Best fishing locations to catch Mulloway
- Maribyrnong river
- Lakes entrance
- Port Phillip Bay
- Western Port
- Anderson inlet
- Lake Tyers
Recreational fishing guide
You can obtain a free Victorian recreational fishing guide from the Victorian Fisheries Authorities weblink
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