Mulloway local fish species facts and Limits. Mulloway or the Jewfish are a prized catch that sits on the top of many Victorian anglers bucket list. 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 there 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 predators that feed on small fish,m squid and yabbies, therefore, they will take both bait and soft plastics.

Scientific name

Argyrosomus japonicus

Mulloway size and catch limits

Mulloway 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

Bait recommendations for mulloway

Mulloway is sizable predators that like feeding on smaller fish within their environment. Therefore live baits is a top choice when targeting mulloways such as live mullet, salmon and whiting. With them carefully being rigged behind the back of the neck to allow the bait to swim freely or like a wounded fish. Dead baits can include pilchard, trevally, garfish, prawns, chicken & squid

Lure recommendations for mulloway

Soft plastics and that are generally larger then 70mm are a great starting point. Squidgies between 80mm and 100mm are good options here. We also recommend using natural coloured flick baits, shads, paddle tails and grubz are top choices, you can also purchase pre-made rigs such as slick rigs. Swimbaits are becoming increasingly popular and a great choice. Swimbaits are larger large designed to completely imitate a fish in its surrounding such as a mullet.

General tips for mulloway fishing

Mulloway generally resides near river mouth entrances. They are often caught near structure such as bridges and pylons. Try to present your baits and lures as natural as possible or use live baits. Much patience is required to be prepared to put in the hours including fishing throughout the night and on peak moon phases or tides. Generally, we have found bait to be more effective then lures 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.

Rod and rig setup for mulloway

When targeting Mulloway you can use the same gear that you would use whilst snapper fishing. Ideally, we recommend going to a medium/heavy fishing rod around 7 foot in length either 6-10 or 10 to 15-kilo class. Coupled with a 3000, 4000 or 5000 spinning reel spooled with 20 to 30 lb line and 40lb leader. Usually done with a basic running rig to a single 5/0 – 8/0 hook or a double snelled hook to present the bait nicely

Best times to target mulloway

Mulloway can be caught at any time of the day but they are often more active during the night. They are also more active during peak tides and moon phases. We have found that lures are quite productive during the day and bait more productive at night.

Recreational fishing guide

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

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