Yarra River

A 10kg mulloway caught in the Yarra River, near Richmond, Steve Cooper

Mulloway are one of the most sought and least caught Victorian species. Anglers often put in hundreds of hours in unsuccessful quests for a trophy of this enigmatic species. During autumn, reports tell of mulloway being caught from beaches and estuaries. Catches are often sporadic. But many anglers may be shocked to learn that the Yarra River is one of Victoria’s most consistent mulloway waters.

A couple of fishing friends rang to tell me they were going to put in some serious time on the Yarra River chasing mulloway. They’d chased mulloway in other waters but had never been rewarded for their efforts. A month later one rang to report others were catching mulloway to 15 kg. The following week he managed to catch one too, a fish of 8.5 kg.

Experienced bream anglers know this species gravitates towards cover. You are as likely to find them snug in against cumbungi grass as hovering among the rotting branches of a fallen tree. In industrial areas, such as the Docklands, resident populations of bream school in shadowy areas beneath piers and feed on shellfish and crustaceans that live on the piles. Bream topping 1.5 kg are regularly caught by anglers working lures around the rotting pilings of old piers around Victoria Docks.

The hot-water outlet for the Newport power station, better known as the ‘Warmies’, is a favourite for bream. The Warmies also produces tailor, pinkies, mullet and sometimes mulloway.

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