Spring Pro Tips – How to catch Mulloway

The days either side of a full or new moon are prime time for mulloway.

These apex predators feed in short, sharp bursts, usually as the current slows during a change in tide. In terms of key target areas, bridge pylons, sweeping bends, break walls, ledges and deeper holes are good places to start sounding. In most instances, however, mulloway are found shadowing larger concentrations bait. Somewhat surprisingly, tiny metal blades intended for bream bring many of these beasts undone, although larger grub or paddle tail soft plastics are a better option when specifically targeting jewfish. Most mulloway react to a lure or plastic within the initial stages of the retrieve, either as the offering descends immediately after casting or within the first few hops up off the bottom. Almost always, a lure is intercepted on the drop – as it falls through the water column. Hits are generally quite distinctive and can be recognised by a solid tick or bump that transfers through the rod tip as the lure is inhaled.

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