Fishing the Coorong for mulloway is something of an adventure. The thrill of catching this elusive species on topwater lures in the vast tidal lake system of South Australia is unmatched.

In a detailed conversation with Scotty Tarasenko, a lure maker and mulloway addict, we delve deep into the techniques, tackle, and lures that make for a successful Coorong mulloway fishing expedition. It’s a must-listen for ALF fans who are planning a visit to the Coorong in search of the big silver fish.

Understanding the Coorong Environment

The Coorong is a unique fishing destination, characterized by its large tidal lake system, separated from the ocean by a long sand spit. According to Scotty, the key to successful mulloway fishing in the Coorong lies in understanding the area’s tidal movements.

The northern end, closer to the Murray River mouth, is particularly fruitful as a mulloway fishing destination due to its significant tidal flow. Scotty emphasizes that provided there is tidal movement, mulloway can be caught at any time, day or night.

Locating And Catching Coorong Mulloway

Finding the right spot is crucial, and Scotty advises looking on Google Earth for shallow flats adjacent to deeper channels as mulloway patrol these areas during mid-tide.

An on-water clue that you’re fishing in the right places is the presence of blackish, wiry weed on your lure. This indicates proximity to a rock bar, which is a prime spot for mulloway fishing spot.

Additionally, schools of mullet and garfish, as well as feeding pelicans, are good indicators that you’re in the right spot to encounter a Coorong mulloway.

Tackling the Wind

The Coorong’s windy conditions can be an ally for anglers. Wind concentrates baitfish, making mulloway locations more predictable.

On windy days, bait tends to gather in the shelter of points, with mulloway patrolling the rippled waters further out.

We explore options for selecting fishing spots based on current and recent wind conditions in our live sessions over at Team Doc Lures.

Stealth and Patience

Coorong Mulloway in shallow waters are easily spooked. Scotty stresses the importance of moving stealthily to avoid alerting the fish.

Listening for the distinctive “boof” sound of surface feeding mulloway can also guide anglers to the right fishing spot, especially at night when fish can move into very shallow water.

The Ideal Tackle and Lures for Coorong Mulloway

Scotty recommends a 3-6kg rod paired with a 4000 size reel, 20lb Berkley X9 braid, and 20lb Sunline FC fluorocarbon leader for general mulloway fishing. For casting larger lures and wakebaits, a swimbait rod with a Calcutta 300D reel, 30lb braid, and 30lb fluorocarbon leader is preferred.

When it comes to lures, “walk the dog” style stickbaits, such as the 120mm Jackson Tanto, are ideal for prospecting the flats. These lures can be worked faster, allowing anglers to cover more ground.

Handmade, jointed wooden wakebaits are effective in windy conditions and tidal movements. For targeting larger mulloway, the Croaker Lures Jewie Jewell and the K-Ten Blue Ocean are excellent choices, especially when fished at a slow pace.

Conclusion: Mastering Coorong Mulloway Fishing

Fishing the Coorong for mulloway is both an art and a science. By understanding the environment, choosing the right tackle and lures, and employing stealth and patience, anglers can significantly increase their chances of landing this prized species. Scotty Tarasenko’s insights provide a valuable roadmap for those looking to master Coorong mulloway fishing. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or new to the game, this guide is your key to unlocking the secrets of the Coorong and experiencing the thrill of catching mulloway on lures.

Scotty Tarasenko

Lure Maker And Jewfish Addict

Scotty is an extraordinarily passionate angler who hand makes surface lures for cod and mulloway and has invested countless hours learning to target the latter species on shallow sand flats in the Coorong and other SA destinations.

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