Mulloway Fishing Gold coast
Fishing for Mulloway on the Gold coast requires a lot of patience but can very rewarding. Mulloway are often targeted anglers, and days and nights can be spent trying to catch the bigger fish. However more often than not. We find we catch them when not specifically targeting them. They often turn up out of the blue on some of the gold coasts shallower reefs between 10-26 fathoms, they can also be caught off local beaches and around the gold coast seaway walls.
Mulloway Fishing tips
Mulloway are also known as jewfish and are commonly refered to as jewies. Fully grown they can reach up to 40 kilos. These fish will respond to a wide range of both dead and live baits. Best live baits are poddy mullet, yellowtail, herring and slimy mackerel. Dead baits include mullet either butterflied, whole or filleted. Pilchards, prawns and other fish flesh baits will also catch fish. Remember fresh is best and live is even better.
Most large catches are made at dusk and three hours after dark, with preferably no moon. But its not uncommon to catch them in the middle of the day when working shallow reefs off south east Queensland.
Mulloway Fishing Tackle
Fairly heavy tackle is required for tackling big jewies. Generally speaking a 10-15kg mainline with a 24kg trace is recommended. When a mulloway picks up the bait allow him some time to run with it and then lean back and wind to set the hook. Once hooked a big Mulloway will usually make one very long run initially, and then usually a couple more shorter runs. Take your time and gently work the fish towards the boat. Its better to take a bit more time than to risk losing the fish by over doing it too early in the fight.
A giant Mulloway is a very highly prized catch by all fishos and certainly tests an angler’s skills and equipment to the maximum.
Best months for catching mulloway on the gold coast.
Best Bait to Catch Mulloway
- Mullet – Live or dead
- Yellowtail scad
- Slimy mackerel
- Whole squid
- Live prawns
- Live Yabbies
- Other oily flesh baits
- Live herring