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A Morning on the Mullet
I popped out this weekend for a morning session with local angler Shay Upham. Our target species was the Thin Lipped Mullet, a species Shay had been doing really well with lately. Armed with Mepps Spinners, Power Isome, Gulp Sandworm and Ragworm, we headed off.
At first the signs looked bleak, the tide was too high which made it hard to spot ant Mullet. We tried several spots but there were no signs, Shay informs me that he usually see’s large groups of Thin Lips which you can target. We saw nothing but the tide was high which could mean they were just keeping out of sight, well thats what I was hoping!
After several casts at various spots we keep on the move, Shay then spots a Mullet as it follows his spinner right to the side of the river. He flicks his lure out and again the Mullet follows, but this time Shay’s rod arcs over and he’s in. After a cracking fight I reach down to net this lovely Thin Lipped Mullet of about 2lb.
I was hoping there would be a few more in the area, but there were no more follows so we moved on.
As the tide started to drop we start to pick out a few fish swimming slowly on the opposite bank, we cast and instantly get follows. I’m using some Power Isome and I’m getting plenty of follows only for the Mullet to turn away at the crucial moment, theres definitely something about the Power Isome they dont like. I try ragworm for a short period, but I’m determined to catch one on artificial bait so put on a Gulp Sandworm in white.
The Mullet seem to like the white Sandworm and I’m now getting plenty of follows. After a couple of missed fish I see a group of Mullet and cast near them, one follows and takes the Sandworm, at last I have a fish on! After a short spirited fight I bank my first Mullet on an artificial bait.
This was my only Mullet of the session but it was great to try something a little different. Shay ended up with two Mullet, both roughly the same size.