When targeting any species around solid structure your terminal tackle needs to be tough and durable. Mulloway are typically not dirty fighters but will take a decent run and often this can be straight past rocks or logs and rub you off quickly. These are the 2 main setups I use.
The first is a medium overhead setup with 30lb braided mainline. Using an FG knot I tie around 3m of 60lb Tough Trace to the braid.
The second setup is a medium spin outfit with 20lb braid and 3m length of 20lb Fluorocarbon leader tied with an FG knot.
On the heavier setup, I then add a 1m length of 60lb Tough Trace with a pair of snelled DX Point® hooks tied to a 15kg swivel.
I specifically choose DX Point® hooks are they are strong, with needle sharp points that won’t roll or lose their penetrating capabilities when being dragged through the snags and rocks.
To complete the rig, I add a sinker ranging from a size 4 to size 10 ball depending on the tidal flow.
On the lighter setup I run a single C Point® hook tied using a uni knot to the 1m leader of 20lb Fluorocarbon leader and a 10kg swivel. With the lighter setup I can normally get away with a size 3 to size 5 ball sinker.
The size of the hook depends on the size of the bait being used. For smaller baits like yellowtail and slimy mackerel 5/0 C Point® hooks are perfect but as you increase the bait size I also increase the hook size, sometimes adding a second snelled hook. On larger baits like Tailor I will use 7/0 DX Point® hooks.
The twin hook rig works extremely effectively on bigger baits as it allows one hook to pin the bait through the nose and the second hook in the back doubling your chance of hooking up.
When fishing around break walls or any kind of structure, make sure you constantly check your leaders for small weaknesses and nicks, as this will cause you heartache when you get the bite and they bust you off on the first run.