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Mullet Fishing: Tackle

 
 

Rods:

  • Drennan Series 7 13' Power Carp Waggler
  • - 3pc, carbon fibre
  • Drennan Series 7 12' Avon / Quiver, 1.75lb
  • - 2pc+1, carbon fibre; various tips
  • Drennan Series 7 13' Tench / Specimen Float
  • - 3pc, carbon fibre
  • Specialist 10.5' 'mullet'
  • - 2pc, glass fibre, fly rod blank, home made
     
     

    Reels:

  • Shimano Sahara 3000S-R
  • - 100yds 0.18/0.20mm (6.6/7.9lb) - all reels (main line)
  • ABU 706 closed-face reel
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  • ABU 506 closed-face reel
  • - 1970s version
  • Shimano XT-7 VX
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    Other:

  • Fluorocarbon leaders
  • - 5.0lb / 0.22mm Drennan Fly Leader (not Supplex)
  • Monofilament leaders
  • - 4.1lb / 0.12mm
  • Selection of freshwater floats
  • - including custom floats
  • Selection of reel lines
  • - usually Match Team 7.9lb 0.20mm / 6.6lb 0.18mm
  • Drennan Wide Gape Specialist hooks
  • - from 2018: micro-barbed, eyed - size 8, 10 and 12
  • Preston Innovations PR355 match hooks
  • - micro-barbed, spade-end - size 8, 10 and 12
  • Tungsten rig putty
  • - as an alternative to split shot
  • Soft split shot
  • - very rarely used
  • 'Starlights' - micro, mini and small
  • - to help in low light
  • Modified spinners
  • - for thin lipped grey mullet
  • Leger weights (small)
  • - usually 1.1oz
  • Cage feeders
  • - for legering; 20/25g, with fairly open mesh
  • 'Frame' method feeders
  • - for legering; small / medium
  • Artificial and freeze-dried baits
  • - fallback option, if no 'fresh' option
  • Flavourings / attractants
  • - only very rarely used
  • Bait bucket
  • - sealable, with added float caddy, anchor and thermometer
  • Catapult
  • - 'sling'-style pouch, for deploying bread
  • Dinsmores triangular 24" landing net head
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  • NGT 3m fibreglass landing net handle
  • - plus quick release head (large)
  • Landing net float
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  • Waders
  • - Vass-Tex
  • Seatbox/backpack
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  • Mini tripod
  • - for legering, 2 rods
  • Drop net
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  • Polarised bifocal sunglasses
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  • Digital scales
  • - 100% accurate at 2.5/5.0/7.5/10.0lb, 12/05/20
  • Mesh weighing sling
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  • Forceps
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  • Nikon A10 Compact Camera
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  • Food blender
  • - 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 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.

    Due partly to very high tides, which swamped the bankside and left everything wet, and also due to a need to sit down for a while during long sessions, I've 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 13.05.20