Mullet - Sand

Mullet - Sand


There are two different species of mullet, the sea mullet and the sand mullet, in this writing we will be talking to the sand mullet. Mullet are most common known by mullet, poddies or pod mullet. The sand mullet is more commonly caught species that is landed on a baited hook. The sand mullet typically has a greenish back with bright silver or silver/white belly, they also have a very dominate small dark blotch on their pectoral fin. Their tails tend to be black or darker in colour with the rest of their fins being clear or transparent sometimes having a yellow tings.

Most mullet range in the sizes of 18-30cm although smaller mullet can bet netted. You can find sand mullet in estuaries in the southern half of Australia.  As stated by one of their known names (Pod Mullet) they form large schools when feeding, the mullet are a surface feeding fish and mostly live on algae, weed, worms, tiny crustacean and are sometimes known to feed on decaying animal and vegetable matter, mainly feeding over sand bends or in shallow water.

Mullet are quiet a difficult fish to catch but are most regularly landed on a baited hook with such baits os bread, dough, worm, prawns and even maggots. Light gear is recommended between 1-3kg lines if not lighter with a float or unweighted bait. A helpful tip would be to use fish for them in a burly trail or to get them in a feeding frenzy by throwing small amounts of bread into the water to attract the mullet to the area in which you are fishing. They are regarded as a great table fish.

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