Mulloway gone crazy
  |  First Published: October 2016

Recent rain may have inspired the breakwall anglers to get into mulloway action that the Hastings has put on, but even after the dirty water has cleared, mulloway fishing has been fantastic.

Notable captures were Damien Rafter’s 29.7kg fish caught on a lure off the south wall, Adam Janowski with a 28.1kg specimen and Phil Edwards who caught a 24kg fish on the coal wall. These are exceptional fish, congratulations guys. To all the budding mulloway enthusiasts, fish will eventually come to you if you put in effort and fish the tide changes, or dirty water events. Remember, I say to all my clients, these fish don’t get big being stupid. A good deal of homework needs to be done as well as putting in the hours.

Offshore Snapper

The mulloway are firing in the river, and the offshore fishers are having a ball with the great run of reds. Fish are being caught up to 9kg. Jason Isaacs got onto some great fish on live bait off Plomer Bay. As well as snapper, he landed four mulloway, approximately the same weight – around 6kg.

Snapper have taken a liking to plastics. Bigger fish have been smacking 7” Gulp jerkbaits. The crew on board with Sean Tieck had a smashing session with several fish reaching the high eighties in length. Now’s the time to get out and fish off the lighthouse to the Cathie grounds as there will be some more good reds on offer.

Bass season is officially on and some crackers are getting caught. While the fish are spread out, there’s plenty of options and areas to try. Surface lures have been getting them, which makes everyone happy. Spinnerbaits through the weed, or hardbodies into the structure, have also been accounting for some sweet fish.

When bass are in the mood, most techniques will produce. Locations like the Wilson and Maria rivers will be great areas to explore, from now right up to Christmas. A quick trip up the highway to Kempsey will see you tangling with the wild bass of the Macleay.

Although we’ve been getting plenty of flathead, we should start to really fire up on the lizards in the river. This time last year, we got some big girls and plenty of smaller fish. Try to handle the big ones carefully for release, supporting their belly and only keeping them out of the water for a very short period of picture time.

This season we’re going to try some fairly large lures in the aim of getting the magic metre fish. It seems to be the trend with lures at the moment. I’m thinking massive trolled lures behind my yak may draw the attention of some flat beasts. Hopefully you’ll see the results soon.


Mark West with an 86cm snapper.


James Jackson with a healthy 40cm bass that liked his surface offering.


Jason Isaacs with a solid red that took live bait.


Damien Rafter’s cracking 29kg mulloway caught after the recent fresh rains.


Campbell Ellis with 84cm of plastic loving red.

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