Get Fishing is the Angling Trust’s campaign to get more people fishing more often. Each year we run hundreds of events for all ages and abilities. They are funded by the Environment Agency from fishing licence income.
Beginner angling events - want to get into fishing? Get back into angling, find out where to go fishing, accessible venues, who to go fishing with, tackle to use to start fishing and how to go fishing for the first time.
‘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…
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
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!
Visit the rest of the How To Fish video gallery here to learn new tricks and discover more about the basics of angling.
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.