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Mulloway

Species Information

Scientific Name:Argyrosomus japonicus
Environment:Inshore, Nearshore, Surf
Ideal Temp:71-80°F (22-27°C)
Technique:Bottom Fishing, Casting, Fly, Jigging
Lure Type:Bottom Rig, Crankbaits, Flies, Jigs, Plugs, Soft Plastics, Spinnerbaits, Spoons, Topwater
World Record:66.75 kg (147 lb 2 oz) Sunday's River, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Other Names:mulloway, dusky kob

Mulloway, or Argyrosomus japonicus, is a silvery to bronze-green colored fish, a member of the Sciaenidae family, which may grow up to 2 m (6 ft 7 in) in length. It is known as mulloway or jewfish in Australia and dusky kob in South Africa. The name jewfish refers to the large earstones, which are prized as "jewels" by some fishers.


Mulloway is a large, slender fish which can grow to 2 m (6 ft 7 in). It has a copper-colored head and is silvery with a bronze-green dorsal surface and paler belly. It has with a row of distinctive white spots running along the lateral line. The caudal fin is angular in juveniles but becomes more rounded in larger fish.

Argyrosomus japonicus has an Indo-Pacific distribution occurring in coastal waters surrounding Australia, Africa, India, Pakistan, China, Korea and Japan. Adults are gregarious and are found over soft bottoms mainly beyond the surf zone, occasionally going inshore. Juveniles are exclusively found in shallow water and sometimes move in to estuaries.

Latest Mulloway Fishing Reports and Spots

Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 7 October 2022 🎣 - 7/10/2022 2:41:00 AM

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Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 30 September 2022 🎣 - 9/30/2022 2:06:06 AM

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Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 23 September 2022 🎣 - 9/23/2022 6:10:19 AM

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Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 16 September 2022 🎣 - 9/15/2022 8:00:00 PM

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15 September 2022 - 9/15/2022 6:36:41 AM

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Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 9 September 2022 🎣 - 9/9/2022 1:49:58 AM

96 Recfishwest Newsletter View this email in your browser Recfishwest Fishing Report 09/09/22 Tackle World Exmouth would have been very excited (View)

Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 2 September 2022 🎣 - 2/9/2022 3:39:00 AM

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Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 26 August 2022 🎣 - 8/26/2022 12:30:50 AM

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Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 19 August 2022 🎣 - 8/19/2022 2:03:11 AM

96 Recfishwest Newsletter View this email in your browser Recfishwest Fishing Report 19/08/22 @cooperrwatsonn snagged this beauty of a snap of (View)

Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 12 August 2022 🎣 - 8/12/2022 1:51:07 AM

96 Recfishwest Newsletter View this email in your browser Recfishwest Fishing Report 12/08/22 Honking pink snapper seen from a different perspe (View)