How to Bait for Mullet

by Robin Reichert
Mullet are sometimes called jumping or happy fish.

Mullet are sometimes called jumping or happy fish.

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Mullet are difficult fish to catch. They typically eat mostly sediment and mud and their digestive system has evolved to allow their bodies to extract nourishment from the microscopic organisms that live in the mud at the bottom of lakes, rivers and estuaries. Sometimes mullet feed on microbes found in the film on the surface of a pond or lake. Mullet are especially plentiful around marinas, harbors and piers -- where fishing boats are washed and where people feed fish. The key to catching mullet is to get them to start feeding by chumming the water with a mush mixture.

Items you will need

  • Mesh bag
  • Cat food
  • White bread
  • Bran cereal
  • Mackerel
  • Nylon twine
  • Bits of old panty hose
  • Fishing pole
  • Small hooks
Step 1

Find a mesh bag such as the kind used to package onions. Make a mash of soft fish-flavored cat food, white bread or bran cereal and mackerel. Mix the ingredients well. Pour the mash into the mesh bag.

Step 2

Tie the top of the mesh bag securely with nylon twine. Lower the mash-filled mesh bag into the water anywhere you have seen mullet feeding. Use a cane fishing pole, if you have one, to fish for mullet feeding on the mush. Attach small sharp hook at the end of the line.

Step 3

Use a heavy weight, such as an eight-ounce pyramid sinker. Bait your hook with a bit of the mash wrapped in the mesh of a piece of old panty hose. Drop your line to the bottom near the bag of chum mash.

Step 4

Wait patiently for the mullet to show interest in your bait. Do not try to set the hook in the mullet's mouth until you feel a steady pull on the line. Set your hook quickly and pull your mullet in.

Tips & Warnings

  • Mullet will sometimes bite maggots or grubs.
  • Mullet will nibble at the bait rather than grab it with their mouths. You will startle the fish and send it heading for cover if you try to set the hook too soon.
  • Always check local ordinances and state laws before chumming for mullet.
  • Make sure your fishing license is valid.

About the Author

Robin Reichert is a certified nutrition consultant, certified personal trainer and professional writer. She has been studying health and fitness issues for more than 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in natural health from Clayton College.

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