Mullet are often overlooked as a game fish due to their reputation as scavengers. It is true that mullet are found congregating around dock bait stations, fishing boats or anywhere near a potential food source. But mullet are aggressive fighters when hooked and are fun to catch. Preparing the water is as important to catching mullet as the actual bait presentation.
Chumming the Water
Mullet are attracted to areas where discarded fish and other food enter the water. Use this knowledge to help bait, or chum, the water to prepare for fishing. Place broken pieces of loaf bread or softened cat food in a mesh bag. Use a detergent release bag, section of stockings or other fine mesh that hold yet release small amounts of food into the water. Tie a small diameter cord around the bag and position it a few feet out into the water from where you will be fishing. Repeat this process for two to three days to help mullet become used to gathering in this location for a ready food supply.
Processed Bait Food
Mullet love to eat what people like to eat. This can make the bait selection process straightforward and simple. Use light line of about 6-pound test (monofilament) with a No. 6 Tru-Turn hook. Place small formed pieces of bread, sausage, hot dog or even cheese on the hook. A wide range of leftovers makes good mullet bait. Make sure to keep the bait small as mullet like to "mouth" their food rather than chomp down.
Going natural is another effective way to catch mullet. Mullet like to forage along the edge of water plants for small insects and larvae. Try using maggots, meal worms and other small larvae as bait. Reduce the hook size slightly, so the hook will not overpower the bait. Small pieces of earthworm or night crawler may also work well, but the pieces must be small for mullet to take the bait into their mouth.
Article Written By Keith Dooley
Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.