Mullet Fishing: Tackle





- 3pc (2+1)

- 2pc

- 3pc (2+1)

- 4pc, 5wt



- 100yds 0.18/0.20mm (6.6/7.9lb) main line, all reels

- schematic here (.PDF)


- schematic here (.PDF)


- 5/6wt




- Drennan Fly Leader (not Supplex)


- also 6.6lb 0.18mm, usually 'Match Team'


- from 2018: micro-barbed, eyed - also s10 & s12

- micro-barbed, spade-end - also s10 & s12

- including custom floats

- e.g. Gardner, small & medium

- e.g. Preston Innovations, s10

- e.g. Middy s12; allows quick float changing

- as an alternative to split shot

- very rarely used

- to help in low light

- for thin lipped grey mullet

- 'Grippa' or similar

- for legering; with fairly open mesh

- for legering; small / medium

- fallback, if no 'fresh' option

- only very rarely used

- sealable, with added float caddy & thermometer

- for deploying bread

- triangular 24", small mesh

- fibreglass, plus quick release head (large)

- carbon fibre, when extra reach needed




- for legering, 2 rods



- 100% accurate at 2.5/5.0/7.5/10.0lb, 03/08/21

- small



- to produce bread crumb


I usually only carry one rod for each session, although of late, I've added a leger rod to explore some new possibilities. The primary rod, the Drennan Series 7 13' Power Carp Waggler, brings some extra 'authority' to the proceedings, especially around pontoons, and with just 5lbs of determined mullet on the end, looks something like this.

I had a recurring problem with the Drennan Super Specialist net handle, due to age and wear, and for the moment, I'm using a 3m fibreglass NGT twist-lock replacement. First impressions are that it's not too end-heavy and the thicker handgrip is actually helpful with regard to its deployment. Time will tell whether I will continue with this or explore other options, but for the moment, it's all good.

A couple of venues are particularly problematic when netting fish, either because of high banks / walls, or due to an expanse of dangerous mud between the stable part of the bank and the waterline. To counter this, I've added an inexpensive telescopic 5m carbon fibre landing net handle, which is proving totally effective, and is very manageable, despite its extra length.

Due partly to very high tides, which swamped the bankside and left everything wet, and also due to an increasing need to sit down for a while during long sessions, I switched from a backpack to a combined seatbox / backpack during the latter part of the 2019 season. This is working out well, and the only modification I've found necessary is to add some padding at the lower edge of the seat, to offer some protection to the lower back. There are a variety of these available, e.g. those made by NGT, Roddarch, and they are also offered in colours other than green.

At the outset, I decided to stick with hook patterns similar to those that I used for carp, apart from those on the spinners, where I opted for a longer shank with an offset bend. Almost always now, when fishing with bread, I'm using Drennan micro-barbed Wide Gape Specialist hooks, which is a new choice for 2018 onwards, to enable the use of palomar knots throughout. In past seasons, the Preston Innovations PR355 barbed spade-end match hooks have performed exceedingly well; consensus is that when these are tied, the line must come off the front of the spade, i.e. the inside of the hook bend.

It's important to avoid or minimise line damage, and the biggest gain in that respect is to use self-cocking floats - these can be kept in place using soft rubber float stops, although on occasion, you may still need some shot down the line, for reasons of presentation. A soft rig putty is also useful in this respect, and is my preferred option - it will harden when in the water.

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Last updated 03.08.21