Mullet Fishing: Tackle



  • Drennan Series 7 13' Power Carp Waggler
  • Drennan Series 7 12' Avon/Quiver, 1.75lb
  • Drennan Series 7 13' Tench/Specimen Float
  • Specialist 10.5' 'mullet'


    - 3pc, carbon fibre

    - 2pc, carbon fibre

    - 3pc, carbon fibre

    - 2pc, fibreglass fly rod blank, home-made


  • Shimano Sahara 3000S-R
  • ABU 706 closed-face reel
  • ABU 506 closed-face reel (1970s version)
  • Shimano XT-7 VX


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





  • Fluorocarbon leaders (5.0lb 0.22mm)
  • Monofilament leaders (4.1lb 0.12mm)
  • Selection of freshwater floats
  • Selection of reel lines (7.9lb 0.20mm)
  • Drennan Wide Gape Specialist hooks (s8)
  • Preston PR355 match hooks (s8)
  • Tungsten rig putty
  • Soft split shot
  • 'Starlights' - micro, mini & small
  • Modified spinners
  • Leger weights (small, 1.1oz+)
  • Cage feeders (20g/25g)
  • 'Frame' method feeders
  • Artificial & freeze-dried baits
  • Flavourings / attractants
  • Bait bucket, with anchor
  • Catapult, sling-style pouch
  • Dinsmores triangular 24" landing net head
  • NGT 3m fibreglass landing net handle
  • 5m landing net handle
  • Landing net float
  • Vass-Tex Waders
  • Seatbox/backpack
  • Mini tripod
  • Drop net
  • Polarised bifocal sunglasses
  • Digital scales (regularly checked)
  • Mesh weighing sling
  • Forceps
  • Nikon A10 Compact Camera
  • Food blender


    - Drennan Fly Leader (not Supplex)


    - including custom floats

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

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

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

    - 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


    - plus quick release head (large)

    - when extra reach needed




    - for legering, 2 rods



    - 100% accurate at 2.5/5.0/7.5/10.0lb, 27/08/20




    - 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 08.09.20