Winter time is known as time to chase mulloway by many local anglers around Victoria. The fact that is these fish are chased by 'crazy' keen diehards during the coldest of winter nights all along the coast of NSW right up to the Gold Coast or so. Customer Hendrik gets up to the South West rocks region of northern NSW regularly enough to have had a good taste of what these fish are like up here. Fishing the area this week while on holiday he landed a ripper fish of 1.23m. The fish weighed 30+ lb and took a small 'mullet' sized soft plastic. The soft plastic style was a split tail minnow, which can be worked very erratically to perfectly imitate a panicked mullet.

On the subject of panicked mullet, customer Edly caught a nice bag of dusky flathead while on holiday recently. Edly was holidaying in Brisbane and caught some nice table sized fish in the Brisbane river and in the port. Edly trolled some small mullet profile hardbodies in the 80mm size range along the mudflat edges to find where the fish were sitting, and once a few were found it was a matter of honing in and fishing slower with plastics. Shad shaped plastics in the same size as the mullet were the most effective and snapped up as soon as they touched down on the bottom. While this action happened interstate not enough make the most of similar bread and butter fishing locally.



The Winter months are an excellent time of the year to target jewfish or mulloway along most of Australia's Eastern coastline. Customer Gary from Brisbane sent us a report from Ballina, along the Northern coastline of NSW. Just last week Gary went for a fish from the shore of the Richmond River towards the mouth targeting mulloway.

Gary said there were mullet being harassed left, right and center by dolphins and other fish so he thought it'd be as good a time as ever to throw a bait out. Gary had one hookup on a strip of mullet and after playing the fish for over an hour, he landed a lovely mulloway of 14.8kg. Now is the time to target these fish using both lures and baits in your local estuaries and beaches.