Mullet can be found in bays, inlets, estuaries, sheltered coastal waters, tidal rivers, lakes and creeks and freshwater rivers. The yellow-eye mullet congregate in schools in the South Australia with a preferences for areas with sand or mud bottoms in water depths up to 20m.
Found close to shore in deeper gutters and channels, jetty shallows and in esturies. Use spring sinkers to distribute berley within the vacinity of your baits.
I love catching Mullet. Some people eat them; some use them for bait, but for some, it’s the thrill of the chase to catch the big one and then letting it go to fight another day. For me though, I like catching the big ones and then use them for the best Crab pot bait ever. Whatever the reason, Mullet are great fun for kids and adults alike. There is nothing more exhilarating than a 1kg Mullet stripping line off your reel.
Mullet can be found in both Freshwater and Salt and there are a number of ways to catch them and I will be covering how to catch them on a handline or Rod and Reel and also catching them with a commercial trap and also what bait to use and how to make it.
You can use either fresh bread from the bakery and just “squashed” onto the hook or you can make your own “Dough”. This dough consists of flour and water mixed into a quite firm paste and then I like to mix cotton wool, that has been pulled out into fine strands, in so as to hold the mixture onto the hook. Some anglers like to use a small amount of salt in their mixture; however, I have not really seen any difference in either mixture with or without salt. It’s good to mix the dough the night before and put it in the fridge to firm up the dough, however it is not essential.
Handline or Rod and Reel
All you need is a small handline or light spinning outfit with 4-6lb line and a very small hook (No 10-12) with a small float (Piece of polystyrene) around 5 – 10 cm from the hook. Berley is the most important ingredient to catching Mullet on a line. You must berley with small pieces bread to get the Mullet “In the mood”. Not too much as to cover the whole area, just half a dozen pieces to start off with. Then once you can see the mullet feeding either on the top water or just under it, throw your line with a small piece of either bread or dough into the feeding fish and then waiting for the fish to take it and then set the hook.
You can buy these almost anywhere and are used by a number of anglers to catch smaller mullet for bait. These clear cylinders can be set in 1-2 feet of water anywhere along the edges of estuaries. You may have to wait for 10 – 15 mins, however, perseverance is the key here, as these can be very successful, but you must not disturb the water as Mullet are a weary fish and can be very fussy at times.
Well there you have it, catching Mullet is simple and a lot of fun for the whole family. So go on, grab the kids, and go down to your nearest bit of water and catch a few.
Hints:Respond to any berley. Primarily an estuarine resident especially in the juvenile stage and can move out of brackish waters into freshwater sections of coastal streams. Try several baited hooks set under a float near the surface. Surf species use a twin dropper paternoster rig.