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new south wales Alternative Bait Or Homemade Lure For Pinkeye Mullet

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I live in casino, right next to the Richmond river and have noticed the vast quantities of mullet in the river(they usually easily exceed 45cm and get as big as 70cm) my friends and I usually catch them using bread squashed on a hook, the most effective bait by far we have noticed is using the thick algae that grows off of rocks(although it doesn't last long on the hook as it comes of easily), and it has got me thinking about making a lure similar to a fly that inmates algae and so was wondering if anyone has had the same thought or has actually done the same thing, or if you have tried other baits that last longer on the hook?

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15 hours ago, samuel101 said:

I live in casino, right next to the Richmond river and have noticed the vast quantities of mullet in the river(they usually easily exceed 45cm and get as big as 70cm) my friends and I usually catch them using bread squashed on a hook, the most effective bait by far we have noticed is using the thick algae that grows off of rocks(although it doesn't last long on the hook as it comes of easily), and it has got me thinking about making a lure similar to a fly that inmates algae and so was wondering if anyone has had the same thought or has actually done the same thing, or if you have tried other baits that last longer on the hook?

That is really cool. Great observation. I have never heard of it before. 

Could you do a combo of bread dough and algae? Mix flour water and algae to make a very thick paste. If you mix in cotton balls into the mix it holds together a lot better and stays on the hook too. 

A lot of people used to put cheese in this mix too but that was more for Bream. 

Do you eat the Mullet? 

Those big ones put up a great fight. Such an under rated fish. 

What a cool post. Thanks.

 

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We sure do eat them, but only if the river has enough water in it and is clean as the mullet get a real muddy dirty taste to them, when preparing them it's best to avoid cutting open the gall bladder or else you ruin the entire fish(smell of the gall bladder when broken is enough to make you vommit and burns your nose). I have also successfully inmatated the algae by using green cotton wool and binding it to a long shank hook, only got to test it now

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7 hours ago, samuel101 said:

We sure do eat them, but only if the river has enough water in it and is clean as the mullet get a real muddy dirty taste to them, when preparing them it's best to avoid cutting open the gall bladder or else you ruin the entire fish(smell of the gall bladder when broken is enough to make you vommit and burns your nose). I have also successfully inmatated the algae by using green cotton wool and binding it to a long shank hook, only got to test it now

Awesome. Mate when you test it would you do up a post with pics of your rig?

Is it like a green fly that you are making? 

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