Although most fishermen do not attempt to catch mullet due to their unusual taste and low availability, the right kind of bait can be extremely helpful in the process of reeling one in. Mullet are especially common on shores, harbors, areas near rocks and are particularly drawn to algae. An experienced angler who looks in the right places and uses effective bait can find success.
A simple flake of white bread is considered one of the most successful types of bait for attracting mullet fish. It is recommended to fish just below the surface, patiently luring the mullet to the bait. In some instances, anglers have visited the same area repeatedly for a period of several days just to feed the fish with bread flakes, conditioning the fish to expect food in that location. After a few days of this treatment, attaching a piece of bread to a lure can yield highly successful results.
Although mullet fish are primarily known for their vegetarian tendencies, they do take an active interest in insects and various types of larvae. Maggots and other natural sea bait foods have been successful in reeling in mullet. Another alternative would be to use ragworm. The important thing to consider is the size of the bait. It must be small enough for the mullet to fit comfortably in its mouth
Mullet have unusual eating habits compared to other sea fish, but they do share one thing in common: a taste for mackerel flesh. The important aspect of using mackerel as bait for mullet is to ensure the flesh does not have any skin on it. Although mackerel is widely used for catching many types of fish, it is best to use in small strips when trying to attract the attention of mullets, while other species may prefer fillets or even the whole fish.
Because mullet are considered to be vegetarian fish by nature, they are especially drawn to plants of all kinds, and algae is one their most common meals. Virtually any microorganism discovered in mud and weed will be an enticing bait for nearby mullet fish.
Spencer Hendricks has written for various well-regarded blogs. His work has appeared in the "Kickapoo Prairie News" and online at sprayahen.com and Spencer Vs. The Food Industry. He is currently in the process of obtaining a degree in Web development.