Activities and Objectives
Mullet Fishing 2013: Review
When the weather started to get very cold, I took the time to look back at 2013, which had turned into a totally excellent year of mullet fishing.
Highs and lows (in no particular order)
This year I've used two rods (but only one at a time); the Drennan Power Carp Waggler has been invaluable when fishing in confined spaces or near to the boats and pontoons, but I've also occasionally used the lighter Drennan Specimen Float rod, and especially where there is some open water. Looking back at my stats, I've again experienced statistically fewer hook pulls and have enjoyed much more control when playing the larger fish.
With regard to reels, on most occasions, I've used the ABU 506 Mark II, which has been excellent, apart from the worrying wear caused by the line - again on the pickup pin and winding cup. When using the Shimano match reels, I've set the disappointingly 'all or nothing' drag to a light setting, and have controlled the fish by applying pressure to the spool with a finger. For next year, I'm considering replacing the drag spring with a lighter one, and hopefully this will allow the line to release more progressively.
Lack of ability to catch fish at a couple of venues has meant some modifications to last years' methods for those particular circumstances, and this has eventually resulted in some fish being caught that otherwise would not have been.
Other than that, I've made only minor adjustments to the methods that worked in 2012 - these have continued to produce good results in 2013.
Like 2012, there were a good number of thin lipped grey mullet very visible at some of the venues early in the season, although I've seen very few signs of them as the year progressed.
There are a couple of venues where the swans have been better-behaved, which has led to less stress and increased enjoyment - a couple of the male swans appear almost 'co-operative' in the way they interact, unlike their partners and their young...
So, for now, I'm enjoying the many mornings where the alarm doesn't have to be set for such ridiculously early starts, whilst at the same time truly dreading so many months without the special thrill of mullet fishing - the excitement of the mullet's violent head shaking when it first realises that it's been hooked, and those hammering surges towards the pontoons...
|Last updated 27.11.16|