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How to Catch Mulloway on Soft Plastics - Gobblers Lures Blog

Updated: Jul 26, 2018

There is definitely something very special, that bit rare and exclusive even, when it comes to chasing Mulloway on Soft Plastics! There is just something so satisfying about seeing a Mulloway come to the surface next to the boat that automatically ticks all the boxes in your mind about why we get pumped about fishing...


Targeting Mulloway can be a dedicated endeavour, and I remember hearing stories of New South Wales, South Coast Anglers, becoming obsessed and spending night after night on the beaches in the middle of Winter, live baiting in the freezing cold, to the detriment of their Marriage, just to chance the opportunity to hook into one of these amazing fish, with most never getting the result they were chasing...


John Summers with a solid Jumpinpin Jew on a Hyper Bubblegum 6" Gobblers Lures Jerk Shad

 

I still remember walking into a Bar in Jervis Bay, and seeing a taxidermist version of a real 2m long, beach caught, Silver Slab hanging high on the wall over the Taps. It's presence consumed the room, and I spent a good hour glancing at it and imagining the battle that went down in the middle of the night on a freezing cold exposed beach on the NSW South Coast when this beast was landed... I realise now what it truly was... It was a display of hope..to all the local fisho's who drank there...to show them that this fish does exist..and their efforts may not be in vein if they keep plugging away... Targeting Mulloway on Soft Plastics is a whole other game indeed...and you need to do your homework if you want to have a decent crack...although the rewards for getting it right are hard to describe...


Some people prefer to fish for Mulloway at night, and always ask if Plastics will work in the Dark... The answer is yes... and can be more effective than live bait.


A quality Land-based nighttime Jewie on the Gobblers Hyper Bubblegum 4.75" Jerk Shad

A nice Soapie Jew found under the Bridge around the Pylons on the Gobblers Lures 4.75" Shazam Jerk Shad

Mulloway are known under a few different names including the Jewie, School Jew, Soapies, River Perch, Jewfish, Silver Slab and probably the most descriptive name of them all, the Silver Ghost...


This last name describes to us why they are such special fish. A few images popping up here and there in Magazines and on Facebook, let's you know their real...but like like a Ghost, they leave many Anglers who have been on the hunt for them, wondering if they even really exist at all!  Mulloway are schooling fish and hang in congregations of similar sized individuals due to the fact that they can be cannibalistic, eating smaller versions of themselves without hesitation.


Jewies can reach 2m in length an weigh upwards of 50kg although the average caught is usually between 10kg - 25kg. They can be found in numbers in the Winter Months off the Beaches, Solitary Island Reef Systems, in the Estuaries, Rivers and Bays all around Australia...with the Black Jew being the predominant fish in the Northern parts of Australia growing up to 1.5m in length.


Adam Blewitt with a cracker Slack Tide Jew from Moreton Bay on the Gobblers Diablo 3" Curl Tail

I have hooked and lost many Jew...because I had hooked them by accident when fishing for Snapper in Moreton Bay on Plastics, and was fishing far too light on 12pnd gear at the time, although, I have been lucky enough to get a few in the net and it's a box I have thankfully checked off my list, since seeing that one hanging over the Bar in Jervis Bay in my late teens.


Hooking Jew when fishing for Snapper is unmistakable. The run is much more linear..with a very soft bite to begin with..that turns into a runaway train... Seeing that slab of Silver flank come to the surface with the sun hitting the skin, turning parts of the fish completely Violet is a special feeling indeed...and will have you going back again and again...


Gobblers Founder - Andrew Turnbull wrangled this decent Jew into the net on light gear using a Gobblers 3.75" Jerk Shad in Southern Sky

Gobblers Customer David Love with a cracker Moreton Bay Jewie that belted an 4.75" Jerk Shad in Aged Copper

Gearing up for Jew can be conflicting... In my experience, I have always hooked Jew on lighter gear and smaller Plastics, 3.75" & 4.75" sizes..although they don't mind a bigger Plastic at all...


Our customers who regularly chase Jew on Soft Plastics swear by 6" or even 8" Jerk Shads..usually White or Pink being their go-to colours... The only thing that seems to hold true, is the size of the Bait that is available at the time...and having a Lure attached to your line that is a close match to what size bait the Jew are feeding on will get the result. Almost all the Lures in the Gobblers Range have caught Jew. 3" Curl Tails, 3.75" Jerk Shads, 4" Paddle Tails and the bigger 4.75" Jerk Shads, 4" Curl Tails, 6" Jerk Shads and the 8" Jerk Shads also....


We even made 6" and 8" Paddle Tails and an 11" Monster Jerk Shad with Jew in mind , although the 11" Jerkies are fairly new and no Jewies have fallen to the 11" just yet...(You might be the first, but you'll have to message us directly to get the 11" Jerk Shad or 8" Paddle Tail as their not listed on the website)



Putting the pieces of the puzzle together for you in a definitive style to target the Ghost on rubbers is not an easy task. I have always hooked mine "Dead Sticking" while drifting, meaning I have a Lure out, bouncing along the bottom with my rod just sitting in the Rod Holder and not touching it... In fact..almost all the Jew I have witnessed come over the side of the boat have been caught this way.


I always Drift when using Plastics for Jew from the Boat...and where you find one...there is sure to be more...as long as the first one you hook doesn't escape and alert his mates in the school that there is a problem by darting off in a panic. They will all follow...


Teabagging is also another very effective technique... This is where you can use a very heavy Jig Head on a decent size Plastic and hop it straight up and down off the bottom around Bridge Pylons or in Deep Channels, just like a tea bag in a mug. 4" Curl Tails are ideal for this style of fishing...


You can also use big Plastics in the Surf for Mulloway, suspended 2m - 3m under a bobbing float..with the lure rigged as normal on a nice heavy Jig Head to get the cast out.. Not many guys have caught onto this technique yet..but it will fire up in the years to come...


It would even be worth trying this technique walking along the rock walls, following the drift, in the River mouth's along the coast using big plastics... You could cover a heap of ground rather than sitting in one spot with a plastic sitting flat on the bottom. I'm not sure a big Jew would ignore a wafting / drifting 8" or 11" Jerk Shad at the river entrance....and it's something I would be keen to try...




Fishing as light as possible for the conditions is key...and I guess that's why I have lost so many. They are keen to hit a Lure on light gear..but stopping one is another task...


I would recommend gearing up with 20pnd Braid & 20pnd Leader running onto a 3500 size reel with super smooth drag. I have landed them on 15pnd gear...but it will test your angling skills... Start with 20pnd and drop your Leader to 15pnd if you need to. Jig Heads should be matched to the conditions...anywhere form 3/8 weight and 3/0 hook to 1oz weight and a hook profile to match your plastic size...like a 7/0 Size for the bigger 8" Plastics.

Great places to target Jew are in the mouth entrances to river systems, especially around structure, being, rock walls, pylons or bridges.  Estuaries are also great places to search for Jewies along the deeper edges...because the target area is fairly concentrated. River systems are generally narrower stretches of water, meaning the fish have to move in and out of these spots through narrow passages of waterway. Deeper parts of Coastal Bar entrances are also a great place to target....


In open waters like the Bays..you will need a good quality sounder. Side Scan and Down Imaging is ideal...and look for structure that the fish will congregate around. I can't say it enough...find the bait...and you will (might) find these fish...


With my experience of hooking them numerous times while I am Snapper Fishing...it may be worth reading up on our other Blog How To Catch Moreton Bay Snapper on Soft Plastics as they tend to congregate in the same areas and I'm hooking them using the same technique...



Stew with a nice late arvo Jewie from the Pylons under a bridge on the Gobblers Lures Shazam 4.75" Jerk Shad




A solid Moreton Bay Jewie on the Gobblers Lures Diablo 3.75" Jerk Shad

Brent Ward found a nice Moreton Bay Soapie around Peel Island on the Gobblers Lures Violet Smoke 3" Curl Tail

Marky Pebbles with a nice first light Moreton Bay Jew on the Pro Stinger UV Jerk Shad

Jew can be targeted throughout the coldest winter months with slack water, Dead low and Dead high tide, being the most favourable. Some hot-spots in South East Queensland are the entrance to the Brisbane River, Logan River, Rainbow Channel leading up to South Passage Bar in Moreton Bay, The Saltworks around Karragarra Island and a well know SEQLD hot-spot being Jumpinpin Bar entrance (Inside the Bar).

The Gold Coast Estuaries are also great places to find Jewies and most Anglers try their luck along the pipeline at the Spit leading out to the Bar entrance.

Northern NSW is renowned for Big Jew...and Anglers can be seen at nigh fishing off the rock walls and Bridges in all the river mouth entrances from Ballina, Yamba, Maxville to Newcastle...



Beau Fox with a nice Brisbane River Mulloway on the Gobblers Lures


Barry Goode with a quality Karragarra Island Jewie in Moreton Bay on the Gobblers Lures Southern Sky 3.75" Jerk Shad


Heading out to target Jewies is an adventure in itself. If your keen to give it a crack...preparation is the key and you can be safe in knowing that Gobblers Lures have been tried and tested on these awesome fish and will give you a red-hot chance of hooking into the Ghost of the Sea... You can browse our entire Lure range and order off our website here...

Tight Lines Andrew Turnbull - Founder Gobblers Lures Australia www.gobblers.com.au

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