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FishyJackson
Mullet
<p>Anyone here ever get a mullet to bite a hook? &nbsp;At my florida place theres always tons of mullet jumping around everywhere, i think theyre striped mullet. &nbsp; I read sumwhere to throw pieces of bread in thewater where theyre jumping then put a little bread pellet on the hook and they may bite, anyone ever try this? They look like theyd b fun to catch the way they liketo jump</p>
Graceclaw
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Report

Here's a report by someone who had success. Apparently you're not the only one to get frustrated by them!

 

http://www.roughfish.com/~roughfis/content/mullet-madness

Dr Flathead
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I sight fished some in the

I sight fished some in the Gulf last winter.  They were right under a dock so getting my bait in their face was the easy part.  I used a chartruse painted hook with a chunk of nightcrawler.  They would come up and nibble, almost like they were grazing on it for micro organisms or some shit.  It was a timing thing for sure.  Missed a ton of them and foul hooked a few before getting a couple in the mouth.  These ones were striped mullet as well.

FishyJackson
Doc - Good stuff, this is def

Doc - Good stuff, this is def on the priority list for when i get down thre in november.  Did you use a very small hook and was the nightcrawler chunk wiggling around attracting them or was it a dead piece of worm?  I've never seen them interested in any bait but then again I've never really tried to catch one.  Also, how was the fight, lot of jumps? 

Dr Flathead
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Used a small gamakatsu, like

Used a small gamakatsu, like a size 10 or 12, and a small split shot.  Just a nub of crawler, just enough to cover the hook.  Fight was great, they are tough as hell.  I would love to catch some of the bigger ones we saw.  Seen some that must have been all of 5 lbs.  I think for the most part our timing was just good cause we seen them before just milling around, not even feeding, or they come thru real fast and are super skitish.  And they did jump from the water, right when we hooked them.  Their a real weird fish, with all that crazy jumping they do.  Good luck!

FishyJackson
They really are wierd fish,

They really are wierd fish, and I think you're right about the timing thing, whether or not theyre in feeding mode.  I'm optimisitic  though since you had a lot of nibbles from them.  I think i'm gona end up using worms and bread and size 12 gamakatsu octopus hook.  Thanks for the help

FishyJackson
thanks btw Graceclaw, I didnt

thanks btw Graceclaw, I didnt notice that other mullet thread

Conecuh
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I've caught striped mullet in

I've caught striped mullet in freshwater using wads of algae for bait. They eat the algae at the base of rapids where it's been washed off the rocks upstream. They didn't jump when we hooked them, but they fought harder than any exclusively freshwater fish I've ever caught. But, anyway, they'll eat aquatic plants.

Also, a lot of people who mullet fish use #10 gold treble hooks, sometimes even bare, with no bait. Supposedly they bite the hook just to see if it's good to eat.

The only mullet I caught on a worm, I raised the hook to about 2 inches below the bobber. Sometimes the mullet will come up to a bobber and try to knock or pull off any little tidbits it thinks might be attached (I guess they do this routinely to anything floating in the water). When they feel the resistance of the line, they're not spooked, because it' just an extension of the bobber. 

But all that's been in freshwater, when they make their summertime runs up into the rivers. I've heard they're harder to catch in saltwater. Maybe some of it will help. They're definitely fun to catch, when you can get 'em hooked.

 

FishyJackson
thanks Conecuh, I'll be

thanks Conecuh, I'll be looking to catch one exclusively in salt water.  I'm not surprised to hear they may be more aggressive in fresh since the ones I encounter in salt are not at all.  Interesting that theyd bite just a bare hook, complex creatures these things are

the pyromaniac
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I'm on 18 different fishing forums, and there's one from the UK that I really like, where you can expect a "Why the bleep bleep bleep bleep bleep bleep bleep bleep bleep can't I catch a bleep bleep bleep mullet?" Post about once a week......

 

 

 

Let there be fire!

Hengelaar
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Frustration and Glory...

The ones that come over here to taunt me are Thicklip Mullet. We get Thinlips too, but I've never seen one.

Bread is a proven bait for Thicklips. Bring plenty of bread and a bucket. I like to bring brown bread and white bread. Put somode brown and somode white bread in de bucket, add local water and mix mix mix, y'all, til it's a nice mash. Toss handfulls in the Mullety area and hope. There should be clouds of breadmash suspended and sinking. Some floating pieces, too. If the Mullet have a day where  they'll do stuff, you might start to see some activity. You might even see them attack the floating pieces. That's a good sign.

 

I use as subtle a float as conditions will allow. Usually a little 0.6 gram waggler type deal. Line: mono, as thin as I dare. between 20/00 and 25/00 mm. Hook: size 10. Bait: a small pinch of white bread. Bites (IF they come) are usually pretty agressive, with the float zipping under and away. Hooking up is not easy. Wait too long and the fish might let go, be too quick and you'll miss. Haven't figured that out yet AT ALL. Sometimes, they'll very confidently feed on little floating pieces of bread. But then they're usually very quick, too, so the angler needs to be quick as well. I've only managed to get two from the surface. That was so cool.

 

No idea if this information is any good at all for your Striped Mullet, but it might be worth a try. I should be trying for them again on sunday. Will it be frustration or glory? Or both? Once you get a nice one, it's all worth it, though. Soopercool fish and they fight like hell on floatfishing tackle!

 

I'm on 1 fishing forum.

Fishn sure is neat

the pyromaniac
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@Gijs, from what I've read
@Gijs, from what I've read about striped and thicklip mullet, their behavior seems pretty similar, as well as the white mullet and jumping mullet we have over here. So I would imagine your process would work.

 

 

 

Let there be fire!

DavidG
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I have caught a ton of

I have caught a ton of striped mullet by hook and line but only during mullet runs.   I did a big type up on all the fine details on my blog here   http://www.fishing-headquarters.com/boundlesspursuit/2011/06/24/fishing-the-clam-release/

 

However... I have seen videos, and tv episodes of guys doing a cool trick where they use salt blocks (you can buy them at pretty much any local feed store or tractor supply)  and if you submerge them in the flats where teh mullet frequent, they congregate tightly around it.  I am not positive why but they are infatuated with the salt block.   The fisherman used small red worms I think and were catching the mullet left and right like it was nothing.    I have used the salt trick in the past when castnetting them for bait it is extremely effective for the mullet that have made their way into fresher water but the only time I tried it in saltwater it was pretty ineffective. 

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