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    Default Mullet - semi successful...

    First serious trip after tying up some red diawls etc. Picture the scene - low water lagoon with probably over a hundred mullet circling just sub surface. Massive fish - 4 to 12lb or so. I cast and cast, stripping the flies produces follows, then takes. Finally I am stripping like I would for feeding bass, rod under the arm, two hands and as fast as I can. Fish would chase a long way, often opening mouths as if to suck the fly in. They also overshot and drifted past when they finally rejected it. Must have had 50 bow-wave follows. Not exactly the dead drift I was expecting to be using. Anyway - hooked 6 fish in this manner, all were chasers, all were just a thump and off, one snapping me as he went. Really interesting to watch their reaction to a range of flies at close range. Dropping a fly and lifting as a fish approached would get a close look too, but nothing to dead drift. Red was favoured, but I did get several follows to a leader knot - may have taken it for a small shrimp I'm guessing. Very interesting. All in all, I can see possibilities. Another interesting thing to note - I had a bright red fritz ragworm - nearly 2inches long (flounder fly). Chucked that in and had a lot of enquiries.
    So I've been tying a lot of different red flies... And some spiders. Next time...

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    Sounds like lots of fun...and frustration.
    Dead drifting is the most effective technique for thick lips feeding in a good current. Thicks feeding in static or near static water need the fly pulled. A slow retrieve is best for mullet bachs but when the mullet want it really fast then a spectra shrimp is the fly to use. I had an 8lb 12oz thick chase a spectra at high speed before nailing it. A bunch of his friends were looking for exactly the same thing.
    If you are dealing with thins then they do not take a drifting fly like thicks. Whether in a current or static water thins want the fly moving and usually the quick side of a medium retrieve. Golden greys are the same.
    The important thing is you have feeding fish and therefore it is just a matter of time. Looking forward to seeing the pics. Col.

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    Default Re: Mullet - semi successful...

    Thanks Col. I'm pleased to hear you have had similar experiences and connected with some good fish! I anticipated needing to impart a bit of movement, but my shoulders were killing me after a few hrs of this. On the plus side - I find sticking the rod under the arm does help counter the instinct to raise the rod in the strike, rather than strip strike. I would have preferred an aching back from a lengthy battle with one of the larger fish. When they were bow-waving behind a fly they looked as wide across the back as a grass carp! Next trip is tomorrow, but tides and weather have changed somewhat since the last time, so we will see what happens. I'll tie up a couple of spectra shrimps just to have that in the armoury. I will also take a decent camera too, which is bound to jinx it...

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    Default Re: Mullet - semi successful...

    Couple of hrs and hooked into one fish, held for 10 seconds at most, another good pull - both on a slowly retrieved squirmy wormy. The diawls and spectra go the odd follow, but nothing connected. Quite windy and choppy, so hard to spot fish for a clear intercept or to observe their response. Still - interesting, and a step closer.
    Last edited by Dunk; 03-08-2018 at 07:28 AM.

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    Default Re: Mullet - semi successful...

    I can't give any advice on actual Mullet Fishing, having still never managed to hook one! But I can tell you from my years of Salt Fly Fishing in NZ where you often have to retrieve as fast as possible to get any response, instead of the rolly polly retrieve try holding the line in both hands, one in front of the other then with the rod under your arm pit move your hands apart from each other and repeat, as you are moving apart for every inch you move your hands the line moves 2 inches, with a bit of practice you can really get the fly moving with not much effort. Be warned though it does create some line friction so wet you hands first or you will get line burns!
    All the best
    Mike

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    Default Re: Mullet - semi successful...

    That sounds a very interesting approach, friction burns aside! I will give it a whirl...

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    Default Re: Mullet - semi successful...

    Managed to get over there yesterday. Arrived around 12 and fished til 4pm.
    3 people down on the flats, none catching, but I heard a lot of swearing every now and then and cries of delight followed by more swearing and the words "diawl back" in a midlands accent I think. Later one of them definitely caught a fish, not sure if it was in the mouth or foul hooked.

    Anyway - my mate and I fished steadily over a massive shoal of thick lips in a shallow bay, 1ft to 2ft depth over a muddy bottom. Probably several hundred fish circulating. The water was black in places as they moved together, it was quite a sight. Numerous follows and bow waves to mainly small red flies. I pricked a few over the back and had just two proper takes where a fish followed and then there was an unmistakable thump... and they were gone. So no mullet again! Great views of two feeding ospreys though...

    I tried all sorts of flies, but a size 14 scrap of red wool seemed the most effective and got the most interest. I also tried suspending small flies under a bung - little shrimps and tiny glister nymphs in a sz 18. Nothing doing there. Green weed-like fly, all sorts of shrimp flies; spectra, mud shrimp, volutators and red diawl bachs', squirmy wormies in different sizes etc. All retrieves were tried... They wanted the flies slower this time, and follows were to steadily pulled flies. I also had a few good follows when I let the fly settle, allowed the fish to move over the area and then brought the fly up from the bottom - a good method I find for tricky grayling in very deep slow water. Might work better with a weighted fly for the mullet, but it did induce a few good follows on flies they ignored the rest of the time.

    I think I might give it a miss for a week and actually catch some fish next week, and then come back at it refreshed... Any other ideas gratefully received!
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