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Fishbook: Mullet

21 August 2019

‘Fishbook’: Our species-guide series based on “Get Fishing
the brilliant how to fish book by Allan Sefton

We profile the UK’s most common as well as some lesser-known fish species to help newcomer anglers find out more about fish that can be caught in our lakes, canals, rivers, ponds and sea.

Understanding the kinds of fish you might catch will add interest and could even make your fishing easier! Here you’ll find out more about…

MULLET

Name:
Mullet

Scientific name:
Mugilidae

Life span:
Around 5 years

Typical size:
1-3lb

British record:
10lb 1oz

Waters:
Common in estuaries and harbours around shores of England and Wales, and now populating southern Scotland

Interesting fact:
Mullet come inshore in large numbers during the summer months and often feed in very shallow water as the tide advances up an estuary or over a sandy beach


About Mullet

Mullet are a distinctive, silver torpedo-shaped fish with dark horizontal stripes. There are three common species of mullet around British shores. They are predominately a southern species although there are big shoals of mullet as far north as the Firth of Clyde.

Mullet come inshore in large numbers during the summer months and often feed in very shallow water as the tide advances up an estuary or over a sandy beach. They feed mostly on algae and very small invertebrates and have relatively small mouths.

Some mullet (mostly thick-lipped grey mullet) make their home in harbours and marinas where they feed around moored boats.

Mullet are difficult because they are mostly vegetarian and feed on algae. They do not take the usual sea baits that predatory fish fall for. If you find something they like, mullet remain careful feeders and are good at avoiding being hooked.

Those anglers who developed their skills catching suspicious, freshwater fish on light tackle, have a definite advantage!

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Some of the above content is taken from the new book, Get Fishing – the ‘how to’ guide to Coarse, Sea and Fly Fishing by Allan Sefton published by Merlin Unwin Books. This colourful, lively book is aimed at complete beginners of all ages, those who have been out fishing a couple of times and want to take it further and families of all abilities. It’s also packed with top-tips and info that make it useful for more experienced anglers too. Find out more about, and purchase a copy of the book here.

Header image thanks to David Overland and text reproduced with permission and © Merlin Unwin Books.

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