Paul Lennon’s monster jewfish is second oldest on record

Paul Lennon with the 149cm jewfish caught on a livebait. Image: Paul Lennon.

THE frame from a 149cm mulloway donated by Fishing World writer, Paul Lennon, to the NSW Research Angler Program recently has been estimated by Fisheries scientists to be 33-years-old.

Whilst mulloway have been recorded to reach ages of over 40 years in South Africa and South Australia, this fish was just the second mulloway of more than 30 years of age so far recorded from NSW waters, and the second oldest overall behind a 34-year-old donated to the program in 2013.

Through the program, information from these trophy-sized individuals so keenly sought-after by recreational fishers provides crucial data for monitoring the health of the mulloway stock in NSW.

If you are a passionate recreational fisher and would like to contribute to the ongoing assessment and monitoring of some of NSW’s key recreational fish stocks (mulloway, yellowtail kingfish, snapper, dusky flathead and tailor), please visit the program web page or contact the program co-ordinator at to learn more. 

Image: The otolith section from the 33 year old mulloway. Image: NSW DPI.

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