MullowayMULLOWAY a.k.a. Jewfish, Kingfish, Butterfish

Mulloway present an excellent opportunity for keen anglers to pit their skills against this large and powerful adversary. Mulloway are a great sportfish that are not only a challenge to catch but also a prized table fish.

Physical Description: Mulloway have long and solid bodies, with the upper body a greyish-green and the lower body silvery-grey. Distinctive features can include short, sharp teeth, pearly spots along the lateral line (that fade with death) and a black spot at the base of the pectoral fin.

Size: Mulloway can reach about 180 cm (80 kg), although they are most commonly caught between 3-15 kg.

Habitat: Mulloway prefer deep water and can be found in surf beaches, bays, rivers, estuaries, harbours, offshore reefs and rocky headlands. A spit or low rock or reef extending from the shoreline to the surf is an ideal spot to fish for Mulloway, as are deep holes and gutters. Mulloway are nocturnal so catches are generally made at dusk or a few hours after sunset, usually at the top or bottom of a tide. Smaller Mulloway (schoolies) can be caught at any time.

Hint! The natural bait source in an area gives a good indication of a Mulloway's presence or absence. If there is plenty of Salmon, Bream, Mullet and small Tailor then your chances of catching Mulloway are good. Also, don't dismiss areas around bridges and jetties where there is illumination from artificial light sources, as these areas attract baitfish which in turn attract larger predators like Jewfish.

How to Catch:
Bait - To catch a few Jew, the best baits to use are: beachworms, pipis, live mullet and Tailor, live prawns, squid and pilchards.
Rod and Reel - A beach or boat rod would be the best option for Jew fishing.

Hint! River mouths are prime locations for Mulloway spinning.

Line and Tackle - Sturdy and reliable tackle is essential when targeting Jewfish, as they are strong opponents on light and even heavy tackle. Line should be 7-12kg breaking strain with a 1.2 m monotrace. Hooks should be 4/0 to 8/0 and sinkers should be heavy enough to anchor the bait. Lures such as big minnows can be used and it is important to use a method of slow retrieval for best results.

Hint! Lure fishing is best in daylight or at night under artificial lights.

Hot Spots: Mulloway are found in coastal and estuarine waters along the southern half of Australia, excluding Tasmania. The warmer months usually result in a better catch, particularly around January and February.

Some prime Jewfish locations include: The Murray River, Adelaide, South Australia Noosa Heads, Sunshine Coast, Queensland Hastings River, Port Macquarie, New South Wales

Hint! Find out about the natural bait source in the area and if any natural or artificial formations are present and you should be able to find some decent jews.


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