Now that winter has well and truly set in, I wanted to spend these colder months targeting Jewfish.
I’ve caught a few in the past using both plastics and livies (herring and mullet) but have caught nothing over 67cm. All jewfish landed have been caught in the deep hole of the north wall or in the eddie that forms on a run-in tide.
Can a fellow Seaway Fishing member lend some advice?
– Livies or lures?
– Size of livies? I’ve managed to get a few 15-20cm mullet in the cast net a few times and been reluctant to use them given the size.
– How important is line weight/diameter for livie rigs?
– Tide. I know Jewfish like the slack tide, but does the bottom or top of the tide generally fish better?
I have found that with the jewies I like to fish the bottom of the tide when the water is really brown with livies. The pipeline has been the most productive place for me with this technique, although I have lost a fair amount of tackle on the pipe!
I have got them to 85cm on live herring off the pipe. I wouldn’t be to worried about the size of the livies, as Craig has said before fish will eat a 40cm pike so I would think they would easily eat a 20cm mullet.
If you fish over the pipe I would use heavy gear. I used to run a 60 pound leader when I fished on the pipe purely so I gave myself a chance.
Use big mullet or luderick(30-40cm), if you want big mulloway. Lures won’t get them. I don’t really chase them but I know a guy who targets the really big ones(30-40kg, 1.5 metres+) and thats what he uses. Fish at night around the tide changes, the deep hole, the pipeline, around the end of the south and north wall and the canyon all can yield a big jewie. As soon as I’m better I’ll be targeting the larger jewies on my overnight trips. 100lb mono traces, 8/0-10/0 hooks 50lb braid are all my recommendations. Be prepared for some long fishless nights though, he only gets a few around that size every winter.
If you just want some jewies around a metre, live pike, yellowtail or mullet around 15cm work fine. 50lb traces – 6/0-8/0 hooks.
Tide changes are super important, just as the tides starts to slow or speed up, bottom or top of the tide doesn’t matter. I don’t like the slack tide myself, but the time when they are slowing or speeding up is important. If you can match that with dawn or dusk then your odds of getting a good fish increase.
Lots of mullet in the seaway now so nows the time for those big jewies.
There are plenty of mullet throughout any of the canals throughout the broadwater but I’m sure everyone has there own spots.
Cast netting is the easiest method, and the mullet we used last night were caught off the bank in the Paradise Point channel just after the bridge that goes over to Sovereign Island. My mate also managed to get a 35cm Luderick in the cast net! How’s that for luck 🙂
That spot is pretty far from the Seaway, but I’ve caught them plenty of times around the Biggera Waters boat ramp, especially off the bank after the Marine Parade bridge.