Got out this morning as a guest on @antonywardle's boat. Antony very generously offered to show me the ropes catching mullet with his special mullet rigs, and did not disappoint!
We were also joined by Antony's young fella, who is not only a keen fisho, he's great fun too.
We launched from The Entrance about 9:45 am and made the quick motor over to the markers. Within a minute flat of burley hitting the water, it was boiling with mullet. Lines in the water as fast as we could manage, and bringing in fish almost as fast. After a quick few right around the legal mark, the little fella was on with something more substantial. After what turned out to be quite an exciting fight that even included a good run, he pulled in a stonker of a mullet about 40cm, nice and fat.
Gentleman that he is, after his first mullet he offered me the next few to reel in myself. The first one turned out to be a bream. The second one followed shortly, also a bream. Thankfully, on the third hookup the streak broke and I landed my first ever mullet. Not huge, but big enough at 27cm.
Somehow during all of this, Antony managed to get a prawn down and very soon was pulling in his own fish, this one a flatty just under legal size. Soon after that, I pulled in what turned out to be the largest bream of the day, although that wasn't saying much. Antony and I got a few more solid hits but only landed some small bream. We did very successfully, as little fella reminded us, "feed a lot of fish instead of catching them".
The mullet continued to come in waves for hours, we never had all the lines in the water at once. This was in part thanks to the wind wreaking havoc with the 4lb line, which if I recall, we untangled a grand total of 148 times.
As lunch time passed, we discussed coming in but of course it's so hard to quit with the fish still biting. We ended up staying out til almost 2 pm, when I landed a nice fat 30 cm mullet. Quitting on a high note, we motored in with an esky of mullet and 3 very happy fishos.
To finish, Antony gave me a quick lesson in cleaning mullet, and the pelicans were on hand for a feed, one even sticking his head right onto the cleaning table to try to get at the fish.
I kept a small one for bait, but tempation struck and I filleted in and battered it and shallow fried. With a bit of lemon squeezed over, it was quite the treat and my wife even gave me permission to catch more fish to eat.
Thanks for a great day out Antony and little fella!