Myth and the mul­let

Where and how to catch grey ghosts.

Sea Angler (UK) - - CONTENTS - Words and pho­tog­ra­phy by Mike Thrus­sell

T here’s a great deal of myth as­so­ci­ated with mul­let fish­ing. An opin­ion voiced by many, typ­i­cally those that don’t fish for them, is that they are vir­tu­ally un­catch­able. That’s an ex­ag­ger­a­tion to say the least.

Rarely do mul­let re­spond to a poorly thought-out strat­egy, so, if you want to catch these fish con­sis­tently, you need a proper plan.

Re­mem­ber, the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of mul­let is that for much of the time they can be eas­ily seen in clear, shal­low water, ca­su­ally swim­ming out from struc­ture, or as V-shaped rip­ples on the sur­face. There­fore, first find the fish, then come up with a strat­egy to catch them.

The best place to start is with a spe­cific lo­ca­tion. I find piers, jet­ties and break­wa­ters in­con­sis­tent be­cause, gen­er­ally speak­ing, they are heav­ily fished and the mul­let be­come wise to an­glers. Frus­trat­ingly, they can be seen feed­ing on the al­gae and bugs on the rocks, but rarely take a bait. I pre­fer to ig­nore heav­ily-fished venues. Here are my favourites…

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