I Can Show You How To Catch Hundreds of Mullet Fish Like A Pro

How to catch mullet fish. Many anglers have been well aware of how frustrating trying to catch them can be. They’re very tough to catch, but do you know that the mullet fish is actually one of the most delicious fish you can eat?

Sure, lots of folks shrink from them, considering they eat just about anything and thrive in murky waters. They eat whatever they can, and there’s a misconceived prejudice against them. Most anglers decide without actually finding out their hidden qualities and used them as bait for more attractive fish.


They may be indiscriminate in what they eat, but smoked mullet is one of the most delicious ways to taste this fish and that alone will be the reason why this fish is a must-catch.

In this article, I will be guiding you through the step-by-step process on how to catch mullet fish. We will begin with the things you need and the ways in which to do it. You’ll learn as we go along, but for beginners, it’s always a catch or miss situation, but don’t be discouraged.

You can’t achieve results overnight. Gradually, you’ll be able to learn as you go along and these important steps will guide you through with mullet fishing.

What You'll Need:


bread and dough for mullet

Fresh bread squashed and impaled on a hook or small piece of cotton wool on the hook covered in dough. The inner part of the white bread is particularly appealing to the mullet.

Oats have also been found to be effective as bait in mullet fishing. Mixed with either a large container of garlic powder and water, or with laying mash and flour, both mixed with water to make it sticky.

Fishing Rod

Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rod

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For best results, I would usually use a 12 or 13-ft match rod with soft or medium through action. I would also highly recommend a light spinning rod or a match rod for the coarse line. Anything which you feel like using up to 20’, which some anglers use for a long-range mullet fishing.

Fishing Reel

KastKing Sharky II Spinning Reel

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A rear drag reel would be perfect for freshwater mullet fishing since it’s easier to access and change while fishing, but for saltwater mullet fishing, front drag spinning reels have more power although the weight is considerably heavier.

Fishing Line

KastKing DuraBlend Monofilament Leader Line - Premium Saltwater Mono Leader Materials

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A 4lb monofilament light line which you can extend to 6lb straight to the hook for casting the bubble float is advisable. You may also want to consider a swivel with 60cm of line to the hook.


500 Pcs Mixed Sizes 3#-12# Black Silver Fishing Hooks Plastic Box

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A small hook preferably #8 but you can also do so with #10 up to 12 but not beyond that, and a small polystyrene float around 5-10cm from the hook. The smaller the hook, the better it would be.

There are those who like using less than the 5cm mark that I’d recommend but I wouldn’t feel comfortable with such a small hook since mullets are very active and you can lose your catch with such a small hook.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Find The Best Spot For Mullet

Mullet fish can actually be found in both saltwater and freshwater areas since they have quite a high tolerance for salinity levels in the water. Since they are fond of food eaten by humans, you can look for mullet in the shoreline and on tidal rivers and canals.

spot for mullet

They are also fond of murky waters, marshes and estuaries. They usually go about in big groups so it's easy to spot them.

Step 2: Prepare Your Hook, Line And Bait

A 9-12 ft rod for an individual catch is often used, although some would prefer up to a 20’ long pole which you cast with a bubble float. However, you can also make your own float, including a slice of a wine cork instead of a float.

How To Make Fishing Bobbers from Wine Corks

For easier handling, take a light spinner rod with a click-drag reel on a long leader line with a 6lb test strength. Make sure it has fine diameter lines to make it as invisible as possible since mullet fish tend to have excellent eyesight.

Depending on what kind of hook you’re comfortable with,

  • I suggest you use the smallest, thin-wired hook as possible, with the most commonly acceptable hook being #8, but it all depends on the size of the mullet you’re trying to catch.
  • There are those who are comfortable with #12 or even #14.
  • Tie your hook to the 2-6lb line on a swivel with a 60cm line.

It’s the ideal way so just be sure which ones you think will pretty well maximize your catch potential.

  • Bread or dough is the best possible bait for mullet

Because they’re attracted to white bread, but with their voracious appetite they’ll even eat mince meat and oats. For best results, scatter the oats in an area where the mullet are concentrated to attract them.

bait for mullet fish

It will be easier for your hook wrapped in white bread to get a bite when schools of mullet converge on the area.

Step 3: Try Fly Fishing At Night

The best trick to catch Mullet is by using a fly, even a small one. Nighttime is probably the best way to do it and besides bread and oatmeal, the best way to lure them in is through natural presentation, another term for natural bait as much as possible.

Mullet tend to converge and feed when it’s dark and they’ll look for silhouette, anything that’s submerged within six inches of the surface that looks like food, mullet tend to feed on them. Use dark lines as much as possible and you’ll have considerable success.

Here’s an excellent video on the effectiveness of fly fishing even when it’s dark:

Step 4: Reel Mullet In The Right Way

Despite their relatively smaller size compared to other fish, you’ll soon realize mullets are quite agile and strong on the hook. Try not to reel them in too quickly and do it carefully.

reel mullet

They’re jumpers and can leap out of the water so it’s best to use a landing net for the catch when you land them in or they could jump right off back into the water.


Now don’t be fooled into thinking mullets are an easy catch after reading this. Experience is still the best teacher.

  • Don’t be discouraged if after a few tries, you still wouldn’t be able to catch these nifty creatures.
  • Mullets aren’t the trusting kind and are paranoid by nature, the reason why it’s harder to catch them compared to other species.
  • Mullet fish will try to hit on the bait and run while they assess if it’s safe enough to linger and feed longer.

Once you finally feel the pressure of the sharp tug, it’s just half the battle when reeling them in. The mullet will try to fight and evade as much as possible and there’s a good possibility your line will snag into some obstruction and you’ll lose your catch in the process.

Like I mentioned earlier, always have a landing net handy when you reel the mullet in. Once you got your catch, it’s time to congratulate yourself for a job well done.

I hope you realize why it’s important to follow the steps on catching mullet fish and why it’s absolutely necessary to read the instructions first before heading out to catch them.

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Ted Thomas

Hi there, I'm Ted Thomas, an ardent adventure writer. I write for readers with a genuine interest in enjoying the great outdoors. By sharing my experiences camping, hunting and fishing, I hope to inspire others to fully explore the depths of their passion.

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