Fishing for mulloway from Karuah to Soldiers Point

Mulloway are a fascinating fish which can grow to a whopping two meters in length.

More common in the southern half of the continent, except Tasmania, mulloway can be caught in an extensive range of habitat.

In and around Port Stephens, mulloway have been reported to me from the shallows, west of Soldiers Point, to the deep reefs off the coast. 

Inside the Port, Tilligerry Creek, the Karuah River, Nelson Bay breakwall, the deep water around Middle Island and the Corlette wreck are but a few of the gathering spots for these big predatory fish.

All the beaches from Stockton to Fingal are pathways and feeding grounds for travelling mulloway that swim just behind the first line of breakers searching for pipis, juvenile whiting and mullet and worms.

Wherever schooling surface fish gather, you will find a mulloway.

This time of the year live mullet is the preferred bait however any live bait including yellowtail, slimy mackerel or squid will do the trick.

A fillet of fresh mullet will also gain attention.

My favoured time to target mulloway is one hour before sundown and two hours after.

Mulloway are classified by Fisheries as “Over Fished” so only take what you need.

BEAUTY: Nelson Bay champion Mitch Milanja with an 18kg Fingal Bay mulloway.

BEAUTY: Nelson Bay champion Mitch Milanja with an 18kg Fingal Bay mulloway.

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