Mulloway or Jew

Best Bait:

Live poddy mullet, beach worms, yellowtail or tailor fillet, whole small squid.

Mulloway fishing often requires a great deal of patience. Although specifically targeted by some anglers, you can spend many hours trying to catch one.

Deep surf gutters, rocky headlands and deep river holes are the best spots to target them. The best time is usually at night (new moon) and on the top or bottom of the tide from May until September.

If a mulloway picks up the bait and starts moving, lean and wind to set the hook. Do not jerk or the bait will be pulled out of the fish’s mouth. Once hooked, a mulloway will make a least one good run, possibly two. They will take line but the angler should apply controlling pressure to the spool so that not too much is taken. When the fish tires, start winding, turn the fish and bring it in. Mulloway will often take a second run as the fish comes in close. Keep firm pressure until you land the fish.

A big mulloway is a very highly prized catch by all anglers and certainly tests an angler’s skills and equipment to the maximum.

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Special Note:

When you have landed a mulloway and long runs with a lot line were involved, the line pressure on the spool could be excessive. The line should be run off as soon as possible and wound back onto the spool under normal pressure to avoid damage to your reel.


To rig live bait, insert a single hook through flesh behind the head (do not pierce backbone).