best mulloway baits, rigs, times and locations

As the mulla season fast approaches, just curious to know what peoples preferences are to the above, me i like fresh squid on a double snell, obviously high tide around dark is best and as for the location, a good surf beach i reckon, whats your thoughts?


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I like live tailor on a 6/0

Fri, 2012-08-03 20:25

I like live tailor on a 6/0

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High tide on dark is good.

Fri, 2012-08-03 20:28

High tide on dark is good. Fresh bait is the best. always have the smaller gear with me for that reason. I havent worked out a moon phase yet have caught them on all moons.

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moon

Fri, 2012-08-03 21:23

I think as the tides get higher around new moons and full moons fish seem to bite more, tho new moon has always been best for me. A nice slab of tailor is hard to beat too. Still yet to meet anyone who has the mullas completly sussed tho!

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 Winter is much harder as

Fri, 2012-08-03 21:47

 Winter is much harder as there seems to be less fish around and there feeding patterns are harder to predict, from February-april during there run its a fish each time you try if you know what to do, best baits for me are either small live baits of whatever I can catch where I'm fishing or the good old tailor or herring fillets, in summer close to full or new moon I've found best but during the winter tide patters close to the quarters and very early morning gets good results. For rigs there not very fussy, I've caught them with wire, gangs, snells, big fixed sinkers, running sinkers, under baloons ect if your in the right spot at the right time then you will get one as long as the bait is right.

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1 hook

Fri, 2012-08-03 21:50

just use 1 hook

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mullo

Sat, 2012-08-04 06:29

its interesting I had live tailor and sandwhiting out for most of last weekend which I spent around grenough.  These baits seemed to get biten in half by large tailor unfortunately no hookup

The soapies were smashing anything we put out there usually a mulie or fillet but only once the sun went down.

The 10kg mully my mate picked up had been eating all the bits of skin an old rubbish bait I had just chucked in the water as we were winding down and he hooked it up on a fresh piece of dart about the size of a 50 cent coin on a single 3/0 hook.  Of the mulies it only had the heads in its gut

I only target mullys from beach and I think you just need to put the hours in after dark tide just doesnt seem to bother them if its dark sometimes. the last 5 I have seen caught were after dark on a low tide

I often wonder where they go at times, offshore anglers pick them up ocassionly but not consistantly, I think this is one of the great challenges of mulloway fishing

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water column

Sat, 2012-08-04 08:12

I wish i had ur sucess rate Chris, u must have some good info going there! Ive caught a few over the years but put in ALOT of hours for each one. Ive been tinkering with the idea recently of keeping the bait high up the water column as opposed to near the bottom with mixed results. Guess theres a huge element of luck involved at this time of year

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 Mulloway have feeding

Sat, 2012-08-04 08:33

 Mulloway have feeding triggers or times they like to feed, tide peak or fall, time of moon phase ( that affects height of tides), where the moon is in the sky, there fixed and are the same no matter what the weather conditions, figure them out then that's the hardest bit, then there is all the weather variables and if you choose the right spot depending on the weather and it's on a night that the others line up your success will go up hugely, I only fish for 4 hours max, there is a peak time and if everything is right you will get one, just keep a log of any that are caught from everything like tide, moon, water clarity, shallow or deep water, patterns emerge quickly for those who do the research.

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Hay Chris, if i give you my

Sat, 2012-08-04 16:46

Hay Chris, if i give you my number, can you just text me atleast 12hours before the ideal time and place to get one please? Oh and I would like you to meet me there, tie up a rig for me and cast it out too, Ill bring the beers, cheers mate lol 

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 I started the same as

Sat, 2012-08-04 17:36

 I started the same as everyone else and had to do the research and it's not really that hard to find patters if you look hard enough, all the info you need to start searching is written above, but like I said feb-April is by far the easiest time to get them. I've been trying to get a good mate if mine a 1m+ mulla and he has watched me land plenty now right next to me doing exactly the same things I am, I guess sometimes it still does come down to luck.

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 Dude, I was jokin, I agree,

Sat, 2012-08-04 20:09

 Dude, I was jokin, I agree, I have learnt heaps off here, Iv had plenty of mullas caught next to me doin the same thing, so Im at the right place at the right time. I have learnet a pattern about one location, just gota persist and get lucky!

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Some good info there Chris

Sat, 2012-08-04 08:57

Some good info there Chris fish. I'm going to make an effort this summer to get one of those beasts.

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I used to use fillets of

Sat, 2012-08-04 09:04

I used to use fillets of mullet as they are a fairly tough bait and have the bait so that it would move if there was a current I did alright or I have heard a fair few people use bony herring

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Yeah Bony Herring and a mate

Sat, 2012-08-04 09:19

Yeah Bony Herring and a mate of mine uses Trumpeter and has caught a couple of crackers on them in the Swan.

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Top info here Guys!! Cheers

Sat, 2012-08-04 16:40

Top info here Guys!! Cheers

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 Having a fish tonight and

Wed, 2013-03-13 17:33

 Having a fish tonight and pondering Iive trumpeter for bait, are they any good, and whats the best way to guarantee a Iive trumpeter being caught? Caught pIenty in the past but more as an accidentaI by-catch

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SKIN

Thu, 2013-03-21 09:01

take a bit of skin off your mullet fillet, the skin gets plenty

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 Caught my last mulla on a

Wed, 2013-03-20 16:39

 Caught my last mulla on a live trump,off busso jetty.they are really hardy and last ages.Seen a few in the guts of mulloway I've caught too.

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