Mulloway, Silver Ghosts or Jew Fish as they are commonly known, may just be the jewel prize for estaurine, beach and rock fisherman. A highly sought after fish often thought to be elusive and difficult to catch by many anglers they can be found from the bottom of Western Australia through South Australia up the east coast New South Wales and into Queensland.
Growing up to 2m in length, they are recognised by blistering long runs and a flash of silver when they present themselves. With a subtle tasting, firm but tender flesh, Mulloway tick all the boxes from the initial hook up through to being served for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Tidal Rivers - Look for deep holes, eddy's and points where fish can shelter from current. Concentrate your fishing efforts on the slack tides fishing 1.5 hrs either side of high and low tide changes. Stealth is the key! Use your electric motor to quietly move up to the spot and keep its use at a minimum. At nightime, and if possible, minimise the use of torches or other light sources. Within the structure your fishing look for bait schools and actively target that area. Plastics and vibes are effective in fishing deep holes in the estuaries and use lures like the Rapala Shad Rap, Croaker Jewie for targeting larger fish feeding on schools of mullet. Remember to fish as light as possible including leaders, line and jigheads.
Ash with a monster jewies off the Rocks! - Purchasing Assistant at MoTackle & Outdoors
Headlands - Look for rocky gutters with lots of white water (foam from disturbed water such as waves hitting the rocks), points and holes where fish can shelter from the current and waves. Again, fish the tidal changes and low light times such as dawn and dusk. Try to fish your lures with the waters current. Hardbodies like Croaker Jewie Jewel, Killalure Jewie 150, Rapala X-Rap 14, are great choices around headlands, especially in rough conditions. Soft plastics like jerk shads and paddle tails are great for deeper gutters or calmer conditions.
Bob with a night time jewie off the beach!
Beaches - Jewfish do a lot of feeding on the beaches, look for gutters with consistent white water which they use for cover and to attack their prey. Bait fish use these gutters similar to the way we use roads, they travel in and out of areas using these gutters and Mulloway use them as ambush points. Look for these pockets of water and target them around the tidal changes. Use big plastics with heavy jigheads to maximise casting distance.
Always remember to concentrate your fishing around high and low tidal changes. This is more important than moon phases or fishing in the nightime. It is a myth that they can only be caught at night and on certain moon phases. Put an emphasis on the conditions mentioned above and tidal changes to increase your catch rate.
- Ash Holdsworth - Purchasing Assistant at Motackle & Outdoors