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The Red Mullet

Summer time is when the red mullet make an appearance in our part of the world. They are not a large species but apparently make good eating.

They are, in fact, not even in the mullet family but are a close relation to the African goat fish.

They use their two large barbel to locate food as they work across the bottom looking for shrimps and worms. The ones caught from the shore are mainly the striped red mullet with the 3 yellow stripes along the sides.

The plain red mullet are more of a deep water fish and as the name suggests have no yellow stripes. Shore record is 3lb 7ozs and boat record 3lb 15ozs.

Fact File

Latin Name: Mullus barbatus

Distribution: a warm water fish found in Sussex Waters

Season: Summer June - October

Angling tactics:
General – usually caught accidentally.

Bait Fish baits, worms

British Record:
Shore 3lb 7ozs
Boat record 3lb 15ozs.

Average Size: 2lb

Beach, Pier or Boat :
All three but mainly caught in boats.

Red mullet