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The Mullet has a distinctive feeding method, so it doesn't usually compete with other fish for food. learning about its
feeding habits may help you to be more effective against this wary fish.
Scientific Name: Chelon labrosus
Maximum Weight: 15lb
Average Weight: 3lb
Maximum Length: 35inches
There are many species of mullet around the coasts of Britain and Ireland. The thick lipped, thin lipped and golden grey. The thick lipped is the
most widespread. It has four to seven silver grey bands spanning its streamlined flanks and two small dorsal fins along its grey blue back
the front fin has four stiff spines. The mullets underside is white and tail is forked.
An unmistakable identification feature of the mullet is its thick front lips which contain sensitive nerve projections which may help it locate food.
Where to find Mullet:
Mullet generally stay near the shore and can be found near rocks, estuaries and especially harbours, piers
and ropes. Anywhere where algae builds up.
There is a distinctive difference between the mullet feeding habits and other sea fish. Its diet consists mainly of plants, algae, tiny crustaceans and small worms.
It is also thought that given the opportunity, it will eat sewage. Holiday makers in tourist areas drop bits of chips of bread into the sea, providing another source of food for the mullet.
A mullet feeds in unique ways. In one method it finds a muddy bottom, points its head and mouth downwards, and sucks and swallows a mouthful of mud and tiny organisms.
The mullet also feeds by filtering food particles through its grill rakers. Mud and debris are expelled while the edible matter is quickly coated with a thick layer of mucus and swallowed.
Mullet are very similar to course fish, as their nickname would suggest. They will take all sorts of baits, but baits which you would not usually associate with sea fish.
Bread flake is an excellent bait, fished just below, slowly sinking or on the surface. They have also been known to take maggots.
The more common sea baits which can be very productive are ragworm but we have found the best to be small cubes of fresh mackerel flesh (no skin!).
A good friend of mine once mentioned they would take Mars Bar! hmmm. whatever....but having said that I would put it past a Mullet.
How to catch Bass - Techniques at a glance:
Traditional course tackle is best used for Mullet, fishing as light as possible. 13 FT rod, float fishing about 6 - 10 ft deep.
Depending on the tide. Let the bait sink slowly.