Lake Macquarie might cop a lot of fishing pressure over the summer months, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some great opportunities on offer for those in the know about how, when and where to fish! Dan Guilfoyle shares a lifetime of local knowledge for those keen to hit the water in the coming months.
Jewfish (Mulloway) Fishing Episodes
- Lure fishing for mulloway is one of the most challenging sportfishing opportunities for southern anglers. It’s a species that takes some dedication and commitment to crack, but it’s also a very rewarding fish to catch.
- Mulloway fishing isn’t just an after dark pursuit. Nearly all of my ALF podcast guests catch the majority of their fish during daylight hours.
- The majority of lure caught mulloway are taken in estuary systems, but targeting them in bays, or land-based from seawalls or ocean rocks is also effective.
- Many top anglers have noted that once active mulloway are located they are usually not fussy about what lure you put in front of them.
- Tides can be important. Mulloway fishing can be productive on most tides, but where, and how, you fish for them may vary.
- The southern mulloway is found from around Canarvon in Western Australia around the south of the country and up the east coast as far as the Mary River.
- Mulloway are slow growing, maturing at around 5-6 years and living up to 40 years. For this reason, most lure fishing for mulloway is catch and release.
- They’re opportunistic predators and feed on a variety of prey including fish, crustaceans, and cephalopods. Their love of squid, sandworms and prawns is legendary.
- Those who have done a bit of mulloway fishing will have heard the croaking sound they make whilst being handled. They make this by grinding their pharyngeal teeth together.
- Mulloway have an eye adaptation called the Tapetum Lucidum, which gives them better vision than most fish when the light is dim or the water is murky.
- Hard bodied diving lures are particularly effective when mulloway fishing from rock walls when rivers are in flood
- Soft plastic jerkbaits and paddletails can be deadly in most environments, with larger lures used on seawalls and rock ledges and smaller ones more typically used in bays and estuaries.
- Soft prawns are effective in a range of environments, but particularly when jewfish fishing estuaries around new moons when natural prawns are active.
- Soft Vibes are consistently effective, especially in deeper water or where there is more current flow.
- Metal blades, jointed swimbaits and metal slow pitch jigs are also effective mulloway lures at times.
Episode 566: Sydney Jewfish With Joey And Shroom
“Joey The Jewy King” has a reputation throughout Sydney forhis ability to nail plenty of quality jewies on lures during the hours of darkness.
Episode 549: Northern NSW Land-Based Jewfish With Josh Annand
The NSW Northern coastline is a superb destination for a great many prized fishing species, but few are so revered as the jewfish. Definitely one the country’s more challenging fish species on lures, it’s understandable that many keen jewfish anglers guard their knowledge closely. Today’s guest Josh Annand isn’t one of those though. He came onboard the ALF podcast to share what he’s learned about targeting jewfish on lures from the stones – and he didn’t hold back.
Episode 542: Spring Fishing Spots Around SEQ With Nabeel Issa
For the boating angler, Southeast Queensland during spring is all about big snapper, quality jewfish, threadfin salmon, flathead and plenty more! Nabeel Issa is a multiple time ALF podcast guest and always has plenty of great info to share. Today he walks us through why spring is his favourite time to fish in SEQ and gives us the rundown on how, when and where.
Episode 532: Top Brisbane Landbased Fishing Spots In Winter With Beau Rixon
Brisbane offers an astonishing range of land based fishing options to suit anglers of all skill levels, ranging from the hunble flathead right through to tailor, squid, bass and jewfish. Local fishing tutor and land-based guide Beau Rixon spends a lot of time fishing the area from the shore and teaching others to do the same, so for today’s episode I invited Bea to jump onboard and share some of his favourite land based spots.
Episode 527: Best Botany Bay Winter Fishing Spots With Gary Brown
Botany Bay is an incredibly productive system and in the winter months the crowds thin out and the fishing goes off! Gary Brown has written numerous books and articles on fishing Botany Bay and in today’s ALF episode he shares his favourite winter fishing spots.
Episode 474: Sydney Jewfish With George Anasta
Targeting jewfish in Sydney Harbour can be productive, but requires knowledge and persistence. George Anasta shares his experience with ALF listeners in this interview.
Episode 462: Northern NSW Land Based Jewfish With Cameron Harlen-Roberston
Cameron Harlen-Robertson is only a young man, but he’s been consistently catching land based jewfish that would satisfy the most seasoned veteran!
Episode 459: Patterson River Mulloway With Casey George
Casey George has been fishing the Patterson River at least weekly for four years or so and has developed good consistency on the mulloway in this system
Episode 411: Richmond River Jewfish With John Oatley
The Richmond River system holds quality jewfish – and Ballina lure fishing tragic John Oatley has a fair idea how to catch them!
Episode 410: Hunter River Jewfish With JJ Edwards
Casting handmade swimbaits at jewfish feeding under lights? That’s a special experience that todays guest JJ Edwards shares in episode 410.
Episode 402: Lake Macquarie Jewfish With Garret Windeatt
Lake Macquarie has good populations of jewfish despite the fishing pressure it endures. Garret Windeatt consistently gets amongst them and explains how in this interview.
Episode 396: Hawkesbury Tributary Jewfish With Aaron Papas
Aaron Papas brings a fresh new perspective with plenty of insights to the Hawesbury Jewfish challenge!
Episode 347: Hawkesbury Jewfish With Kevin Savvas
The Hawkesbury River system is a popular and productive jewfish spot that Kev Savvas has been fishing for decades. Some awesome tips shared in this episode!
Episode 337: Coorong Topwater Mulloway With Scotty Tarasenko
Mulloway fishing isn’t always about finding deep holes and bouncing bottom lures. Scotty Tarasenko consistently catches quality fish using surface lures over shallow flats.
Episode 322: Sydney Harbour Jewfish With Cam Cronin
Cam Cronin is an obsessed Sydney jewfish on lures enthusiast, sponsored angler and walking jewfish encyclopaedia.
Episode 307: Glenelg River Mulloway With Dan Mackrell
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Episode 304: Lake Macquarie Jewfish With Dan Guilfoyle
Lake Macquarie might be in close proximity to some pretty decent human populations, but it holds some quality jewfish, despite the fishing pressure, as Dan Guilfoyle explains!
Episode 258: NSW Central Coast Jewfish With Leon Gaston
Leon Gaston has done pretty well on NSW Central Coast jewfish and in Episode 258 of the Podcast he shares his tips for others interested in doing the same thing!
Episode 224: Newcastle Harbour Jewfish With Jesse Dedman
Despite its proximity to large populations, Newcastle Harbour holds good numbers of quality jewfish. In ALF Episode 224 local jewfish enthusiast Jesse Dedman shares his tips and tricks for targeting this tricky species on lures.
Episode 209: Lake Macquarie Jewfish With Mark Williams
In the decade since the banning of commercial netting in Lake Macquarie, the jewfish fishery has jumped to new levels. Local guru Mark Williams shares his tips for targeting jewfish in Episode 209.
Episode 152: St Georges Basin Jewfish With Dave Johnstone
Over the past 5 years fishing for jewfish in St Georges Basin has become very worthwhile, with the quality and quantity of fish increasing since netting ceased. Dave Johnstone is well know for his Basin fishing exploits and has put a lot of hours into figuring the jewfish out.
Episode 137: Mid North NSW Coast Jewfish With Karl Attenborough
Sand Flat Fishing Australia’s Karl Attenborough puts us in touch with NSW mid-north coast jewfish on lures in this exciting episode of the Australian Lure Fishing podcast.
Episode 117: Brisbane River Jewfish With Peter Herbst
Brisbane River jewfish on lures? In this episode Brisbane local gun Peter Herbst shares his tips and tricks for making it happen!
Episode 103: Moreton Bay Jewfish With Nabeel Issa
In this episode Nabeel Issa explains his strategies for finding and catching Moreton Bay jewfish. You’ll be surprised just how prevalent this species is in the bay, and Nabeel will arm you with the knowledge you’ll need to successfully target them.
Episode 94: Greater Sydney Daylight Jewfish With Chris Cleaver
Catching quality jewfish during the day in the highly pressured waters around Australia’s largest population centre has become an art for respected jewie specialist Chris Cleaver. In this episode Chris shares his secrets and dispels the misconceptions around finding and catching jewfish on lures.
Episode 88: Hawkesbury River Jewfish With Dan Selby
The Hawkesbury River system is large and holds plenty of jewfish for those who know how to chase them. In this episode of ALF, Dan Selby downloads his tips for getting amongst the jewfish action!
Episode 82: Northern NSW and SEQ Estuary Jewfish with Brad Smith
Brad “Smithy” Smith is a long-time Gold Coast fishing guide with 25 years experience targeting jewfish on lures in the estuaries of northern NSW and southern Queensland. In this episode Smithy share two little know but deadly techniques he’s developed for targeting this awesome sport fish.
Episode 78: Hastings River Jewfish With Mark Saxon
Mark Saxon is a gun estuary fishing guide in Northern New South Wales and the developer of Sax Scents. Mark has the local jewfish population well worked out. In this episode Mark shares his tips for bagging a decent Hastings River jewfish or two.
Episode 76: Manning River Jewfish With Adam Maddalena
The Manning River system is a productive jewfish destination. Local angler, jewie specialists and Youtuber Adam Maddalena explains his strategies for tangling with a few of these elusive fish.
Episode 51: NSW South Coast Jewfish With Steve Starling
Mulloway (Jewfish) are, as Starlo explains, a cryptic species. Few fishermen have them so wired that they can consistently catch this species on lures. Starlo is one who has worked hard at figuring mulloway out – and in this episode he explains the tips and tricks that have vastly improved his success on south coast mullys.
Episode 46: Coffs Harbour Headland Jewfish With Shea Cooper
Jewfish can be successfully targeted year-round from the rocks and headlands around Coffs Harbour. Local jewie specialist Shea Cooper explains the tackle, lures and techniques he uses to consistently catch this awesome sports fish.
Episode 38: Glenelg River Mulloway With Mark Gercovich
The Glenelg River system offer superb lure fishing for mulloway, as renowned Victorian angler and journalist Mark Gerkovich explains. You’ll love his advice on the lures to use, too!
Episode 23: Yamba Jewfish Shore-based With Mick Leavey
Jewfish (mulloway) are one of the more challenging targets for southern estuary lure fishers. In this episode Mick Leavey from Yamba explains how to go about catching this enigmatic species.