Mullet local fish species facts and Limits. Mullet is a bread and butter species which you can catch in big numbers in saltwater, freshwater and estuaries across Victoria. They are fun to catch on light spinning gear and can be caught in big numbers. There are great fish species to introduce beginners and children into fishing.

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Mullet size and catch limits

There is no minimum legal size limit, with a daily bag limit of 40

Bait recommendations for mullet

When targeting mullet we suggest using bread, dough, live maggots, pilchard and prawn. remember that Mullet have small mouths so remember to cut these baits up into small pieces.

Lure recommendations for mullet

small minnow looking soft plastics, and small grub style soft plastics. I have caught many using Z-man slim SwimZ which imitate a natural bait

Mullet eating rating

If bled properly Mullet can be decent eating, they do however also make good baits for other saltwater species

Tips for catching Mullet

Mullet respond really well to berley. So berley the isolated are you are fishing with your own mix of bread, tuna oil and chook pellets or you can buy premade berley pellets and power from your local tackle store. Mullet have small mouths so remember to use small hooks, small pieces of bait.

When lure fishing use scents such as S-Factor or Procure. We find that this stuff makes them go a little crazy and in an aggressive mood. Also, remember to use small lures with a slow constant retrieve. 

Rod and rig setup for Mullet

Mullet fishing requires light gear and finesse. We recommend a 1-3 or 2-4 kilo graphite spin rod around 7 foot in length. Coupled with a 1000 or 2000 size reel spooled with 4 pound line and roughly a rod length of 4-6 pound fluorocarbon leader. When bait fishing uses a 2-4 kilo rod that’s around 7 foot in length. Coupled with a 2000 or 2500 size reel either a float or small running sinker to a swivel and very fine leader.

Best times to catch Mullet

Mullet can be caught all year round during most parts of the day

Recreational fishing guide

You can obtain a free Victorian recreational fishing guide from the Victorian Fisheries Authorities web link

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