Sea Mullet | Mugil cephalus

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Common Name: Sea Mullet
Species Name: Mugil cephalus

The Sea Mullet is also known as the Hardgut Mullet, River Mullet, Bully Mullet, Poddy Mullet and Mullet. The Sea Mullet varies in colour depending on the habitat they are found. Sea mullet from ocean area’s are more bluish grey on the upper back and flanks with the lower flanks and belly area more silver in colour, whereas mullet from the estuaries are more brownish olive with whiter belly area. Sea Mullet have large eyes that appear jelly like to look at the head and mouth are small compared to the overall body. Another distinctive feature of the Sea Mullet is the dark bluish black spot at the base of the pectoral fin. Sea Mullet can grow to 8kg in weight and more than 70cm long however they are more commonly caught up to 40cm.
Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.

Sea Mullet are a rare catch to angler using rod and reel they are more often caught by other methods including Cast nets, Drag nets, Traps and Jagging with treble hooks. Before you use any of these methods to catch Sea Mullet check with state fisheries as using nets, traps and jagging will be regulated or illegal.

Sea Mullet Size and Bag Limits

Please Note: Bag limits, minimum and maximum lengths are subject to change and review by your State Fisheries Department.


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